Follow along with Game 5 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs with our live updates:
11:43 p.m.-CLEVELAND INDIANS FALL TO CHICAGO CUBS, 3-2, IN GAME 5 OF WORLD SERIES
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.
10:16 p.m.-INDIANS TRIM DEFICIT TO ONE
CHICAGO -- Trailing by two runs after the Chicago Cubs rallied for three in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Cleveland Indians had an answer in the top of the sixth of Game 5 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field.
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.
9:37 p.m.-CUBS POST THREE IN BOTTOM OF FOURTH
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs finally broke through with three straight hits and three runs against Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game 5 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field.
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.
8:36 p.m.‑INDIANS TAKE 1-0 LEAD ON RAMIREZ HOMER
CHICAGO -- The first five Cleveland Indians to step up to the plate in Game 5 of the World Series were sent down in order by Chicago 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 from Wrigley Field.
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 in what could be the first championship-clinching game for Cleveland since 1948.
7:25 p.m.-INDIANS ONE WIN FROM WORLD SERIES TITLE
CHICAGO -- Three down, one to go!
The Cleveland Indians may be just one victory away from their first World Series Championship since 1948, but despite a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the best-of-seven matchup, they are not taking anything for granted heading into Game 5 at Wrigley Field tonight.
Champions of the American League, the Indians know they will have a tough task at hand when it comes to finishing off the Cubs, especially in front of the Wrigley Field fans, who watched their team win 103 regular-season games and cruise into the postseason.
“Our goal is to win, and if we have a chance to win, we’ll do whatever’s in our best interest to try to win the game, just like all the time,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
The last 10 teams to hold a commanding 3-1 lead in the Fall Classic have gone on to with the World Series. The 1985 St. Louis Cardinals were the last team to have a 3-1 lead in the World Series and not claim the championship.
For the Indians to be successful in their quest for the franchise’s first championship in 68 years, the key is doing what they have done all season, focusing on the next game on the schedule and putting aside all other distractions.
“Nothing changes,” Francona said. “We’re going to show up. The only thing that changes is we’ll pack our bags because we’re going to go home one way or the other, and we’ll show up and try to beat a really good pitcher.
“That’s what we always do. Nothing needs to change.”
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