CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have earned themselves a return trip to Cleveland by extending the World Series to a sixth game.
Aroldis Chapman finished what Jon Lester started as the two were magnificent in the Cubs’ 3-2 victory over the Indians in Game 5. But Chicago also needed a three-run fourth inning to keep alive their quest to end a 108-year championship drought.
Lester was reached for two runs and four hits while striking out five over six innings. He served up a solo home run by Jose Ramirez in the second inning but was otherwise in command during his second start of the series.
Chapman recorded the first eight-out save of his career, and the first in a World Series game since Madison Bumgarner’s five-inning gem in the 2014 Fall Classic. The lefty stranded an inherited runner on third in the seventh and struck out four while limiting Cleveland to just one hit.
The Indians’ early lead was erased when Kris Bryant led off the bottom of the fourth with Chicago’s second home run of the series. Ben Zobrist followed with a double and scored on Addison Russell’s RBI single. David Ross added a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.
Cleveland got within a run on Francisco Lindor’s RBI single in the sixth, but the threat ended when Ross threw out Lindor on a stolen base attempt.
Trevor Bauer was lifted after four innings, charged with three runs and six hits with seven strikeouts. Bauer has been tagged with both Cleveland losses in the series.
Game 6 is slated for Tuesday, with a possible seventh game at Progressive Field on Wednesday.