Indians a win from Series title after crushing Cubs

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The Cleveland Indians moved within one victory of winning the World Series with a 7-2 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Saturday that gave them a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Fall Classic.

The Cubs, appearing in the World Series for the first time in 71 years and looking for their first title since 1908, were on the brink of elimination after a lackluster display in their second successive loss before a hushed Wrigley Field crowd.

The Indians were powered by home runs from Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis, and gifted with runs from some sloppy fielding and misfiring pitching. Kipnis and Santana had three hits each to pace Cleveland's relentless 10-hit attack.

Ace Corey Kluber, the Game One winner, once again shut the door on the Cubs, holding them to one run in six innings of work for his second victory, putting the Indians in reach of their first championship triumph in 68 years.

The right-hander extended his outstanding postseason run to three earned runs in 30 1/3 innings for a 0.89 ERA.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said he would not tinker with his team's attitude or approach going into Sunday's potential Series clincher.

"Nothing changes," said Francona. "We'll show up and try to beat a really good pitcher tomorrow and that's what we always do."

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CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 2: Chicago Cubs fans celebrate in the stands after the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Kris Bryant #17 and Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: The Chicago Cubs celebrate after winning 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after Rizzo scores a run in the 10th inning on a Miguel Montero #47 against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs singles in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians is unable to field a throw to second as Jason Heyward #22 of the Chicago Cubs is safe and advances to third on the error in the ninth inning in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning to tie the game 6-6 against the Chicago Cubs in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning to tie the game 6-6 against the Chicago Cubs in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians forces out Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs at second base during the fourth inning in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs runs after hitting an RBI double to score Ben Zobrist #18 (not pictured) during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after retiring the side during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: A fan holds a sign during Game Seven of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 1: Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs is greeted at home plate after hitting a grad slam in the third inning during Game 6 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Chicago Cubs forces out Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians at first base to end the seventh inning in Game Six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 1: Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs flips the ball to second in the sixth inning during Game 6 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01: Fan react as the Cleveland Indians give up three runs in the the first inning as they watch on a big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 6 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Indians are one victory away from their first World Series championship since 1948. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01: Jim Stamper of Cleveland hangs a sign outside of Progressive Field during game 6 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Indians are one victory away from their first World Series championship since 1948. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: during Game 5 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: Dexter Fowler #24 (L) and Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate after beating the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in Game Five of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Oct 30, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrates after game four of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field. The Cubs defeated the Indians 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (left) celebrates with catcher Willson Contreras (right) after game four of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field. The Cubs defeated the Indians 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs slides into second base after hitting a double in the fourth inning during Game 5 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run in the fourth inning during Game 5 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Five of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: A general view of Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs bats during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) throws a pitch during the 2nd inning of the 2016 World Series Game 4 between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians on October 29, 2016, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. The Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago Cubs by the score of 7-2. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single in the third inning during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: John Lackey #41 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) celebrates with Cleveland Indians left fielder Coco Crisp (4) after his three run home run during the seventh inning of the 2016 World Series Game 4 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on October 29, 2016, at the Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. Indians won 7-2. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches during the seventh inning of the 2016 World Series Game 4 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on October 29, 2016, at the Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. Indians won 7-2. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Fans cheer after the fifth inning in Game Three of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Carl Edwards #6 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians hits a single in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Michael Martinez #1 of the Cleveland Indians scores a run in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after being tagged out at third base in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Coco Crisp #4 of the Cleveland Indians hits a single in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Roberto Perez #55 and Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians walk off the field in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Mike Montgomery #38 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians swings at a pitch in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: A general view of Progressive Field during the first inning in Game Two of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Carl Edwards #6 of the Chicago Cubs strikes out Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during Game 2 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs bats during Game 2 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs hits an RBI double in the first inning during Game 2 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs is greeted by teammate Ben Zobrist #18 after scoring on a Anthony Rizzo #44 RBI double in the first inning during Game 2 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber hits an RBI single during the third inning of Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo points to Kyle Schwarber after scoring on a hit during the third inning of Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber is congratulated by first base coach Brandon Hyde after hitting an RBI single during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Jeff Manship (middle) is relieved by manager Terry Francona (right) in the 7th inning in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) is forced out at home by Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez (55) in the 7th inning in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Mike Montgomery throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the 7th inning in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the 8th inning in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs players from left Addison Russell , Javier Baez and Kris Bryant celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs fans cheer after game two of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: The Cleveland Indians line up for the national anthem prior to Game 1 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: Manager Joe Maddon #70, Dexter Fowler #24, Kris Bryant #17, Anthony Rizzo #44 and Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs look on prior to in Game One of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: Manager Joe Maddon #70, Dexter Fowler #24, Kris Bryant #17, Anthony Rizzo #44 and Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs stands during the national anthem prior to Game One of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: Managers Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians and Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs shake hands before the start of Game 1 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
International pop star Rachel Platten sings the national anthem before Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor hits a single against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
In this multiple exposure picture, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
In this multiple exposure picture, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez tags out Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez as he is caught stealing second during the third inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, is tagged out by Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez while attempting to steal during the third inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, is tagged out by Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez while attempting to steal during the third inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez hits a home run during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez (55) celebrates his home run in front of Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
A fan holds a sign during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cleveland Indians center fielder Rajai Davis catches a fly ball hit by Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez hits a double during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Chicago Cubs' Jon Lester wipes his face as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller throws during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez congratulates relief pitcher Andrew Miller after getting Chicago Cubs' David Ross to strike out with bases loaded to end the top of the seventh inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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SOMETHING TO CHEER

The Cubs gave their long suffering fans something to cheer about at the start, bouncing back from a 1-0 shutout loss in Game Three by getting on the scoreboard first.

Dexter Fowler led off the Cubs' first with a double to left and came around to score on a single to center by Anthony Rizzo, who roared, "Let's Go" as Wrigley rocked with thunderous noise.

The Indians, however, quickly responded.

Santana pulled a home run into the right-field bleachers leading off the second against starter and loser John Lackey and a pair of throwing errors by third baseman Kris Bryant led to another run for a 2-1 Cleveland lead.

Kipnis doubled leading off the third and scored on a single by Francisco Lindor to make it 3-1.

Cleveland added another run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Lonnie Chisenhall

In seventh, Game Three hero Coco Crisp, who drove in the only run of Friday's win with a pinch-hit single, dropped a pinch-hit double into center that Dexter Fowler could not snare.

Crisp moved to third on a wild pitch and after Rajai Davis was hit by a pitch, they all trotted home ahead of Kipnis, who belted a three-run homer off Travis Wood, the fourth of five Chicago pitchers.

"We made mistakes. Absolutely, we made mistakes tonight," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. "That was part of it. But then again, we just have to do more offensively to give ourselves a chance.

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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 1945, file photo, Detroit Tigers leftfielder Hank Greenberg, left, and Chicago Cubs first baseman Phil Cavaretta, right, talk before Game 2 of baseball's World Series in Detroit. (AP Photo/File)
Oct 01, 1945 - Chicago, IL, USA - (File Photo) 1945 Chicago Cubs, National League Champions, team photo. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
Oct 01, 1945 - Detroit, MI, USA - (File Photo) 1945 Detroit Tigers team photo. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
Star Players of the Chicago Cubs join hands in happy celebration in their dressing room following their 9 to 0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the opening game of the World Series at Briggs stadium today. Left to right: Phil Cavaretta, first baseman; Hank Borowy, pitcher; Andy Pafko (rear) centerfielder; and Bill Nicholson, right fielder.
General view of action in the sixth inning of the fifth World Series game, when the Tigers cinched the game. Tigers ended up winning the game, 8-4.
Oct 03, 1945 - Detroit, MI, USA - (File Photo) In third inning of Game 1, Cubs PHIL CAVARETTA flips to pitcher HANK BOROWY to retire SKEETER WEBB after Cavaretta made sparkling play on ground ball. 1945 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs. The Tigers won the Series, four games to three. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
Hank Borowy, right-handed ace of the Chicago Cubs chalks up the Cubs 9-0 victory score in his dressing room at Briggs Stadium after his team had defeated the Tigers in the opening game of the 1945 World Series here today.
Oct 04, 1945 - Detroit, MI, USA - (File Photo) Tigers HANK GREENBERG greeted by teammates after hitting 3-runhome run in fifth inning of Game 2. 1945 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs. The Tigers won the Series, four games to three. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
Oct 06, 1945 - Chicago, IL, USA - (File Photo) Cubs PHIL CAVARETTA, HANK BOROWY, ANDY PAFKO, and BILL NICHOLSON. 1945 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs. The Tigers won the Series, four games to three. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
Oct 04, 1945 - Detroit, MI, USA - (File Photo) Cubs STAN HACK beats out infield hit in third inning of Game 2. First baseman is RUDY YORK, pitcher is VIRGIL TRUCKS. 1945 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs. The Tigers won the Series, four games to three. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
These Chicago Cubs--Hank Borowy, Andy Pafko, and Bill Nicholson (left to right)--look a little worried as they reach out from their dugout to see how hard it is raining just before the start of the third World Series tilt at Briggs Stadium, Detroit. They needn't have worried, for their team worked just as well on a muddy 'track,' and came out the 3-0 victors, to make the series 2-1 in their favor
(Original Caption) 10/10/1945-Chicago, Illinois-Crowds of sports fans mill around the Wrigley Field Box Office where reserved seats for the final Tigers-Cubs World Series meet went on sale at 8 am, October 9th. Lines started forming at around 6 pm on the preceding day.
(Original Caption) 10/3/1945-Detroit, MI: General view of the bleacher section of Briggs Stadium jammed with happy fans awaiting the start of the opening game of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs.
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"You're going to make mistakes on occasion. You have to be able to play through the tough moments by doing something offensively, and we haven't been able to do that."

Fowler homered in the eighth for Chicago's first round-tripper of the Series and one last cheer from disappointed Cubs fans who looked destined for another year of waiting for a championship.

The Cubs will try to avoid being swept out of the Series with a third straight loss at their venerable ball park when they send ace lefthander Jon Lester to the mound on Sunday against Trevor Bauer, Cleveland's losing pitcher in Game Two.

Six teams have come back from 3-1 deficits to win the World Series, the last to succeed being the Kansas City Royals who overcame the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.

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Warren Spahn, left, and Johnny Sain, the pitching mainstays of the Boston Braves, pose during a workout in preparation for the upcoming World Series against the Cleveland Indians, on October 5, 1948. Sain is scheduled to take the mound in the opening game. (AP Photo)
Lou Boudreau and his wife are shown in Boston during the first game of the World Series against the Braves on October 6, 1948. (AP Photo/stf)
Pitchers Big John Sain of the Boston Braves, right, and Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians shake hands before World Series opener in Boston, Ma., on Oct. 6, 1948. (AP Photo)
Boston baseball fans who couldn't get to Braves Field to see the opening game in the 1948 World Series between the Braves and the Cleveland Indian watch the action on some of the 100 television sets installed on Boston Common in Boston, Oct. 6, 1948. (AP Photo)
Jackie Price, Cleveland Indian clown, catches ball while strapped upside down to screen at the first day of Boston Braves vs. Cleveland Indians World Series in Boston on Oct. 6, 1948. (AP Photo/Frank C. Curtin)
Boston Braves catcher Phil Masi slides safely back to second under Lou Boudreau, Cleveland shortstop, after being trapped off base by Cleveland pitcher Bob Feller in the eighth inning of the World Series opener in Boston's Braves Field on Oct. 6, 1948. Umpire Bill Steward calls the play. Masi scored on the next play when Tommy Holmes singled to left field, enabling the Braves to beat the Indians, 1-0. (AP Photo)
Lefthander Warren Spahn throws the first ball in the second game of the 1948 world series at Braves Field Oct. 7, 1948. Leadoff batter for Cleveland is left fielder Dale Mitchell. Braves catcher is Bill Salkeld and calling play is umpire Bill Summers. Mitchell fouled off the first pitch. (AP Photo)
This is a general view of scoreboard during World Series, Oct. 11, 1948 in Cleveland. (AP Photo)
View section of the grandstand at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland on Oct. 9, 1948, for the fourth game of the World Series. The crowd was announced as 81, 897 a new record for the series. (AP Photo)
Second base pick off play in the second game of the World Series between the Boston Braves and Cleveland Indians, Oct. 6, 1948, in Boston. Boston catcher Phil Masi heads for the bag as Cleveland manager Lou Boudreau moves in to take the throw with umpire Bill Stewart watching at right. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)
Second base pick off play in the second game of the World Series between the Boston Braves and Cleveland Indians, Oct. 6, 1948, in Boston. Cleveland manager Lou Boudreau disagrees with the umpire Bill Stewart that Phil Masi is safe. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)
Second base pick off play in the second game of the World Series between the Boston Braves and Cleveland Indians, Oct. 6, 1948, in Boston. Umpire Bill Stewart signals that Boston catcher Phil Masi is safe. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)
Relief pitcher Gene Bearden is half-carried and half dragged off the infield at Braves Field, Oct. 11, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, by happy, shouting teammates after the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Braves, 4-3, to take the 1948 World Series by a games score of 4-2. (AP Photo)
Cleveland Indians pitcher Gene Bearden is carried off the field by enthusiastic teammates at the end of a game at Fenway Park, Oct. 4, 1948, Boston, Mass. Bearden held the Boston Red Sox to five hits in A.L. Pennant playoff, for an 8-3 Cleveland win. Cleveland faces the Braves Wednesday in the first game of the 1948 World Series. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 1948, file photo, Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Gene Bearden, center, embraces his teammates, starting pitcher Bob Lemon, left, and catcher Jim Hegan as they celebrate in the dressing room after winning the World Series in Boston, Mass., with a 4-3 win against the Boston Braves to take the series four games to two. (AP Photo/File)
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