Cubs Even Series With 5-1 Win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH'-tuh) was back in 2015 form Wednesday in Cleveland. So was Kyle Schwarber as the Chicago Cubs earned a 5-1 victory over the Indians to even the World Series at a game apiece.
Arrieta had a no-hitter until Jason Kipnis hit a one-out double in the sixth. Kipnis came around to score on a wild pitch, moments before Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) singled to end Arrieta's night after 5 2/3 innings.
Arrieta struck out six and walked three in addition to allowing two hits.
Schwarber was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles following a 1-for-3 performance in his return to the lineup in Game 1 on Tuesday. Schwarber missed the entire National League playoffs and all but two regular-season games after tearing knee ligaments on April 7 at Arizona.
Ben Zobrist (ZOH'-brihst) added a run-scoring single and was 2-for-4 after collecting three hits in the opener. Anthony Rizzo lined an RBI double and scored twice in the Cubs' first World Series victory since Game 6 of the 1945 Fall Classic against the Tigers.
Addison Russell worked out a bases-loaded walk in a three-run fifth that put the Cubs ahead 5-0.
Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman combined to blank the Indians on two hits while striking out six over 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief.
Losing pitcher Trevor Bauer was reached for two runs on six hits and two walks before leaving with two out in the fourth.
The teams have a day off Thursday before resuming the Fall Classic Friday at Wrigley Field. Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for Chicago in Game 3 against Josh Tomlin.
Indians skipper Terry Francona has announced that Game 1 winner Corey Kluber will start Game 4 on Saturday in Chicago.
Ratings jump for opener
NEW YORK (AP) — The Indians' 6-0 win over the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday drew an 11.9 rating and a 19 share on Fox, averaging 19.4 million viewers.
The audience was up 30 percent from the 14.9 million average for last year's opener, a 14-inning win by Royals over the Mets. It's also the most since Philadelphia's victory over the New York Yankees in 2009 averaged 19.5 million.