Indians blank Cubs 1-0 for 2-1 World Series lead

The Cubs and Indians split the first two games of the World Series in Cleveland

World Series 2016: Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the World Series, Game 3 at Wrigley Field on Friday night (all times Central):

10:41 p.m.

Cody Allen struck out Javier Baez with two runners in scoring position for the final out, and the Cleveland Indians held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 for a 2-1 lead in the World Series.

It was the first Series game at Wrigley Field in Chicago since 1945.

Cleveland pitched its fifth shutout of this postseason.

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10:20 p.m.

Indians closer Cody Allen has struck out Kris Bryant with a runner on, and Cleveland has a 1-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs heading into the ninth inning of Game 3.

Bryan Shaw got five outs for the Indians, riding the latest stingy performance by their stellar bullpen.

Allen is 5 for 5 in save chances this postseason. He has tossed nine scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts and three walks.

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9:55

Bryan Shaw has worked a scoreless seventh inning out of the bullpen to preserve Cleveland’s 1-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in Game 3.

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9:50 p.m.

Actor and comedian Bill Murray led the crowd in a rousing version of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch.

Murray, a huge Cubs fan, reminded the crowd of 41,703 that it was the last chance to buy beer, and then said they were there to win games rather than drink. He also said he was going to sing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” as the cartoon character Daffy Duck.

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9:45 p.m.

Cleveland has broken through in the seventh inning of Game 3, taking a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Coco Crisp off reliever Carl Edwards Jr.

Roberto Perez, the light-hitting catcher who homered twice in Game 1, got things started with a leadoff single. Pinch-runner Michael Martinez advanced on Tyler Naquin’s sacrifice and went to third on a wild pitch.

After a walk to Rajai Davis, Crisp batted for reliever Andrew Miller and singled to right field. The Indians might have had a good chance for more, but Davis was thrown out at third by Jorge Soler.

Bryan Shaw worked a scoreless bottom of the seventh for the Indians.

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9:20 p.m.

Featuring that wicked slider, Indians reliever Andrew Miller has struck out the top three batters in Chicago’s lineup during a perfect sixth inning. Game 3 is still scoreless.

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9:05 p.m.

Andrew Miller is on for the Indians after replacing starter Josh Tomlin with a runner on second and two outs in the fifth inning.

The left-hander retired pinch-hitter Miguel Montero on a line drive to right field.

Both starting pitchers are out of the game.

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8:55 p.m.

The Cubs escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when reliever Justin Grimm got Francisco Lindor to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Grimm entered after Kyle Hendricks plunked Jason Kipnis with a pitch. The right-hander went after Lindor with breaking balls and got ahead 0-2. The count ran full before Lindor grounded a curve to second base.

Grimm gave a huge fist pump and shouted along with first baseman Anthony Rizzo at a roaring Wrigley Field after the Cubs turned two to keep Game 3 scoreless.

Hendricks gave up six hits and struck out six in 4 1/3 innings. He gave Grimm a big hug back in the dugout.

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8:30 p.m.

Indians starter Josh Tomlin has allowed only one hit through four innings, and Game 3 is still scoreless.

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks threw a called third strike past Roberto Perez with runners at the corners to end the top of the fourth.

Hendricks made a fine defensive play earlier in the inning to prevent Cleveland from scoring. Runners were at first and second when Chicago tried to turn a 3-6-1 double play. The relay to first bounced in the dirt as Hendricks was running over to cover the bag, but he picked it clean.

That kept Francisco Lindor at third base. Lindor, who has singled twice, is 5 for 9 in the Series (.556).

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8:00 p.m.

Three innings in the books and Game 3 between the Indians and Cubs remains scoreless.

Cleveland had an excellent opportunity to jump ahead in the first inning after Jason Kipnis reached on a one-out infield single and went to third on Francisco Lindor’s single to left-center.

Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks, however, picked off Lindor at first base. Lindor initially was called safe, but the ruling was overturned after a replay challenge by the Cubs.

Mike Napoli struck out to end the inning.

Both starting pitchers in control on a windy night at Wrigley Field, hosting its first World Series game since 1945.

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7:15 p.m.

Game 3 between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians is underway.

Carlos Santana swung and missed at a cutter from Kyle Hendricks on the first pitch of the night and struck out swinging on four pitches.

The Cubs and Indians split the first two games in Cleveland. This is the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since Hall of Fame slugger Hank Greenberg helped the Detroit Tigers to a 9-3 victory in Game 7 on October 10, 1945.

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7 p.m.

Jerry Tomlin made it to the World Series to see his only son pitch.

Two months after nearly losing his life to a spinal condition that has left him partially paralyzed, Tomlin sat behind home plate in a wheelchair as Josh started for the Cleveland Indians against the Chicago Cubs.

A moment he’ll never forget.

“It’s hard to put into words,” said the elder Tomlin, wearing an Indians cap and sweatshirt. “I didn’t know what I was going to say when I got here and I still don’t. The way everything planned out and the way people helped me to get here, man, it’s definitely a dream come true. There was no way I was going to miss this.”

When Josh was growing up in Whitehouse, Texas, he and his dad — like so many fathers and sons — would pretend they were playing in the World Series. And for it to be happening, on the night the Cubs were hosting their first Series game since 1945, was almost beyond the 57-year-old’s wildest imagination.

“How could you plan it out or write it out any better than what it is?” he said. “To be here for this historic thing they’re having here and to be the first World Series here and my first World Series and my son to be here, I don’t know, man, it’s just hard to explain.”

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