LIVE WORLD SERIES UPDATES: Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs, Game 4

Follow along with Game 4 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs with our photo gallery and our live updates:

11:25 p.m.-COREY KLUBER, CLEVELAND INDIANS DOMINATE IN GAME 4 OF WORLD SERIES

CHICAGO -- Three down, one to go!

The Cleveland Indians rode the solid pitching of staff ace Corey Kluber and timely hitting to beat the Chicago Cubs, 7-2, in Game 4 of the World Series at Wrigley Field and are now one game away from their first world championship since 1948.

Over six innings of work, Kluber allowed just five hits, one walk and one earned run against six strikeouts. Kluber found a way to strand five Cubs runners and registered his first postseason hit in the top of the second inning.

Offensively, second baseman Jason Kipnis led the way with a three-for-five showing against the Cubs. The Chicago-area native delivered the final blow to the Cubs’ hope of a comeback when belted a three-run home run into the seats in right field in the top of the seventh inning, and finished the game with three RBI and two runs scored.

Also, Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went three for four with an RBI and run scored.

10:45 p.m.-KIPNIS BELTS THREE-RUN HOMER

CHICAGO -- The hometown boy delivered against his hometown team.

Chicago-area native Jason Kipnis smacked a three-run home run off of reliever Travis Wood to the seats in right field in the top of the seventh inning of Game 4 of the World Series at Wrigley Field and gave the Cleveland Indians a 7-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs.

With the homer, Kipnis drove in outfielders Coco Crisp and Rajai Davis, who doubled and reached on a hit-by-pitch, respectively.

10:05 p.m.-INDIANS ADD ONTO LEAD

CHICAGO -- The Cleveland Indians increased their lead over the Chicago Cubs to 4-1 when outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall lifted a sacrifice fly to center field and drove in shortstop Francisco Lindor in the top of the sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series at Wrigley Field.

Lindor led off the inning against Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery with a walk and moved over to second base when first baseman Carlos Santana hit an infield single on a comebacker up the middle off of the glove of the pitcher.

Santana was erased on a fielder’s choice from third baseman Jose Ramirez, but Lindor moved over to third and came in to score one batter later.

9:09 p.m.-INDIANS TACK ONTO LEAD

CHICAGO -- The Cleveland Indians built onto their lead and took a 3-1 advantage over the Chicago Cubs in the top of the third inning of Game 4 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field.

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis got the rally going when he lifted a fly ball down the right-field line for a double. Then, after fouling off the first two pitches of his at-bat and another to stay alive later in the count, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor smacked a single to right-center field.

As soon as the ball hit the grass, Kipnis, a Chicago-area native, sprinted from second base, motored around third and came in to score without a relay throw from the outfield.

8:47 p.m.-INDIANS TAKE 2-1 LEAD OVER CUBS

CHICAGO -- The Cleveland Indians trailed early against the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field, but they had an answer in the top of the second inning.

First baseman Carlos Santana led off the inning with a solo home run to the seats in right field. Prior to the run-producing swing, Santana took all five pitches from Cubs starter John Lackey. However, the patience paid off as Santana found a pitch to his liking and blasted his third solo homer of the postseason.

Two batters later, right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall reached base on a throwing error charged to third baseman Kris Bryant. After picking up the softly hit grounder, Bryant threw the ball out of reach of first baseman Anthony Rizzo and into the tarp next to Cleveland’s dugout.

Then, the Cubs elected to intentionally walk center fielder Tyler Naquin to get to pitcher Corey Kluber, but that proved to be a fateful decision.

After fouling off two pitches, including one just wide of third base, Kluber hit a dribbler to the left of the pitcher’s mound and legged out a single. Bryant’s throw pulled Rizzo off the base and dribbled away from the Cubs’ first baseman, which allowed Chisenhall to score the go-ahead run.

8:24 p.m.-CUBS SCORE FIRST IN GAME 4

CHICAGO -- Held scoreless in two of the first three games of the 2016 World Series, the Chicago Cubs changed that in short order against the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 from Wrigley Field Saturday night.

After getting shut out by Indians ace Corey Kluber in Game 1, the Cubs went right to work against Cleveland’s front-line starter and likely American League Cy Young candidate as lead-off hitter Dexter Fowler flared an opposite-field double to left.

Despite having a good read on the ball, Indians left fielder Rajai Davis could not time his dive attempt just right and the ball dropped in fair territory slightly out of his reach. Two batters later, first baseman Anthony Rizzo smacked a single to right-center field and drove in the first run of the game.

6:43 p.m.-GAME INFORMATION

CHICAGO -- After Friday’s 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Cleveland Indians are just two victories away from winning their first World Series Championship since 1948 and they have a chance to seize a 3-1 lead tonight with their ace, Corey Kluber, on the mound for Game 4.

In his first short-rest start of the postseason, Kluber surrendered just two earned runs along with four hits and two walks against seven strikeouts in five innings of a tough-luck loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

Over six-plus innings of work in the Indians’ 6-0 Game 1 win over the Cubs, Kluber surrendered just four hits. He registered nine strikeouts and did not allow a run or walk. It was the third time in four starts this postseason that Kluber did not give up a run.

Eight of those strikeouts came in the first three innings, which broke a World Series record. Orlando Hernandez and Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Randy Johnson each registered seven strikeouts over the first three innings of a World Series game.

Also, the nine strikeouts set the Indians’ franchise record for the most punch-outs in a World Series game. The previous record of seven was set by Orel Hershiser in the 1995 World Series and equaled by fire-baller Jaret Wright during Game 7 of the 1997 Fall Classic.

During the first two rounds of the postseason, Kluber registered 20 strikeouts against seven walks and allowed just two earned runs over 18.1 innings of work in three starts. Kluber has a 3-1 postseason record, with wins coming against the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series and the Blue Jays in the ALCS ahead of Tuesday’s victory over Chicago.

Reporters Matt Florjancic and Dave Chudowsky are at Wrigley Field and will provide coverage through Twitter throughout the game.

Tweets by @DaveChudowsky


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