Corey Kluber gave up a first inning run before shutting down the Cubs over six innings, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 win in Game 4 and a commanding 3-1 lead in the World Series.
Dexter Fowler led off for the Cubs with a double before Anthony Rizzo drove the centerfielder in to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead after the first inning.
But that would be the extent of the damage the Cubs could drag out of Kluber, who struck out six and allowed just five hits.
Cubs’ starter John Lackey allowed three runs, two earned, over five innings. But a trio of relievers gave up four runs in two innings after Lackey left the game, including a three-run home run by Jason Kipnis off Travis Wood in the seventh.
Fowler added a solo home run in the eighth off Andrew Miller, the Cleveland reliever’s first career run allowed in the postseason.
The Cubs have now scored just two runs in the last 22 innings, and have collected just one hit in their last 29 at-bats with runners on. The loss marked the first time since Game 3 of the NLDS that the Cubs scored at least one run and lost.
It’s not good.
Game 5 of the World Series is Sunday at Wrigley Field. Television coverage will start on FOX at 6 p.m. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m. on FOX39 and WSCR 670AM.