CHICAGO -- The Cleveland Indians will have to wait to clinch their first World Series Championship since 1948.
The Indians’ offense could not get the clutch hits with runners in scoring position late in Game 5 and starting pitcher Trevor Bauer allowed six hits, three earned runs and one home run, which led to a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Sunday night.
Despite the loss, the Indians still hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 6 scheduled to be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland Tuesday.
The first five Indians to step up to the plate in Game 5 were sent down in order by Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester, but third baseman Jose Ramirez changed that with just one swing of the bat in the top of the second inning.
Down in the count, 0-1, after taking a called strike on the first pitch of the at-bat, Ramirez belted the second offering from Lester into the seats in left field, which gave the Indians a 1-0 lead.
After being stymied at the plate in their first three at-bats, the Cubs finally broke through with three straight hits and three runs against Bauer in the bottom of the fourth inning. With the three runs, the Cubs took a 3-1 lead over the Indians.
Third baseman Kris Bryant got the rally going when smacked a line-drive home run over the wall and into the seats in left-center field. Then, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and left fielder Ben Zobrist followed with a double and single, both to right field, and that put runners on the corners with nobody out.
Down in the count, 1-2 after bunting a pitch foul, shortstop Addison Russell reached on an infield single down the third-base line and drove in Rizzo for the go-ahead run.
Second baseman Javier Baez followed two batters later with a bunt single that loaded the bases, and catcher David Ross drove in the final run of the inning when he lifted a sacrifice fly to left field.
Trailing by two runs after the Cubs rallied for three in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Indians had an answer in the top of the sixth.
Indians center fielder Rajai Davis got the rally going when he smacked a one-out single to shallow left field, and turned it into a double when he stole second base with second baseman Jason Kipnis at the plate. Although Kipnis later struck out swinging, shortstop Francisco Lindor drove in Davis with an RBI single to center field.