Addison Russell hit a grand slam and drove in a record-tying six runs, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Cleveland Indians 9-3 Tuesday night and forcing the World Series to a deciding Game 7.
Indians ace Corey Kluber, dominant while winning Games 1 and 4, starts again on short rest Wednesday night at home against big league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks.
The Cubs are trying to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit for their first championship since 1908. The Indians haven’t won it all since 1948.
Kris Bryant had four hits for Chicago and homered for the second straight game. Anthony Rizzo also homered.
The Cubs got two gift runs in the first inning when Russell’s pop fly dropped between two outfielders.
Jake Arrieta cruised to the win, adding to his victory in Game 2. Closer Aroldis Chapman got four outs before exiting in the ninth.
Russell’s slam in the third made it 7-0. He tied Albert Pujols, Hideki Matsui and Bobby Richardson for most RBI in a Series game.
How They Scored:
1st Inning: Bryant homered to left (426 feet). Chicago 1, Cleveland 0
1st Inning: Russell doubled to right center, Rizzo and Zobrist scored, Russell to third on throwing error by second baseman Kipnis. Chicago 3, Cleveland 0
3rd Inning: Russell homered to center (435 feet), Schwarber, Rizzo and Zobrist scored. Chicago 7, Cleveland 0
4th Inning: Napoli singled to center, Kipnis scored. Chicago 7, Cleveland 1
5th Inning: Kipnis homered to left (385 feet). Chicago 7, Cleveland 2
9th Inning: Rizzo homered to right (391 feet), Bryant scored. Chicago 9, Cleveland 2
9th Inning: Pérez singled to right, Guyer scored advancing on play. Pérez out stretching at second. Chicago 9, Cleveland 3