Kluber, Perez, Indians beat Cubs 6-0 in World Series opener

Cleveland appeared in its first World Series since an 11-inning Game 7 loss at the Florida Marlins in 1997

Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez celebrates with Brandon Guyer (6) and Lonnie Chisenhall (8) after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland.
Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez celebrates with Brandon Guyer (6) and Lonnie Chisenhall (8) after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth 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, Ohio (AP) – Corey Kluber pitched neatly into the seventh inning, Roberto Perez hit two home runs and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

In a matchup between the teams with baseball’s longest championship droughts, the Indians scored twice in the first inning off October ace Jon Lester and were on their way.

With the score 3-0, AL Championship Series MVP Andrew Miller escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh and got out of trouble in the eighth.

Perez drove in four runs from the No. 9 spot and Francisco Lindor got three hits.

The Game 1 winner has taken the title in the last six Series and 17 of 19.

Trevor Bauer, trying to come back from a sliced pinkie, starts Game 2 for the Indians on Wednesday night against Jake Arrieta. With rain in the forecast, the start time has been moved up an hour to 7:08 p.m. ET

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