After taking two games from the Cubs in Chicago, the Indians take a 3-2 series lead into Tuesday night's Game 6 in Cleveland.
Those three runs would be all that the Cubs would muster up, but it would be enough to force a Game 6 thanks to a strong start from Jon Lester and an eight-out save from Aroldis Chapman.
After Jose Ramirez homered at the top of the second inning to give the Indians a 1-0 lead, Cubs fans at Stretch Bar & Grill ordered hundreds of dollars' worth of shots. With a career-high 42 pitches, nearly all of which were 100-mph-plus fastballs, Chapman served the role the Cubs anticipated when they traded for him in July - and held up the three-run fourth inning that staked the Cubs their runs for the night.
It's been a different story at Wrigley Field, where the Indians have gotten solid starts from Josh Tomlin and Kluber and will now turn to Bauer, who won 12 games during the regular season but is 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA in just nine innings in the postseason.
It wasn't without adventure. They will score runs early, or in just one inning (like Sunday's game), but fail to add on, and end up holding on for dear life. Show up and play like they did most of the season and they'll have a chance to send the series back to Cleveland for Games 6 and possibly 7.
Chicago's offense struggled in those three games, leading to losses in Games 3 and 4, before eking out a 3-2 victory in Game 5 to avoid elimination. With a runner on second and one out, Chapman was called in.
The Indians tagged Lester - who allowed two runs on four hits over six innings - for another run in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Francisco Lindor, then appeared in good shape to even the game in the seventh. Major League Baseball's first black player, Jackie Robinson, did not break the sport's racial barrier until 1947, two years after the Cubs last played in the World Series. Let us know who you got in this big World Series game! Then, Rizzo and left fielder Ben Zobrist followed with a double and single, both to right field, which put runners on the corners with nobody out.
Despite those current series odds, the Cubs are solid favorites tonight, which implies Game 7, if necessary, will be viewed by oddsmakers as something between tonight's odds and a toss-up affair.
Addison Russell reached base with a weak infield grounder and drove in Rizzo for a 2-1 lead. After Jason Heyward struck out for the first run of the inning, Javier Baez laid down a flawless bunt to third baseman Jose Ramirez to load the bases. The same goes for Chapman, who needed 42 pitches Sunday night to finish the game.
Of course, the Indians are also feeling good about their chances.
"I thought Carlos did an fantastic job", Francona said. Rajai Davis singled off Lester with one and stole second.
The Indians get to go back to what got them to the World Series now. But how about Jason Heyward and his highlight-reel catch on Trevor Bauer's foul fly down the right-field line in the third inning?