Indians take control of World Series, spoiling Cubs’ return to Wrigley

CHICAGO — Cody Allen escaped a ninth-inning jam and the Cleveland Indians pitched their fifth shutout this postseason, holding off the Chicago Cubs 1-0 Friday night for a 2-1 lead as the World Series returned to Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945.

The Cubs put runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth before Allen struck out Javier Baez to end it.

Pinch-hitter Coco Crisp hit an RBI single in the seventh off Carl Edwards Jr. for the lone run.

Indians starter Josh Tomlin went 4 2/3 innings, then Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw and Allen took over.

The Cubs have been blanked four times in the last eight games this postseason. It was their first 1-0 loss in the World Series since Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox beat them in 1918.

Game 1 winner Corey Kluber starts for Cleveland on Saturday night on three days’ rest, and John Lackey goes for Chicago.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Francisco Lindor #12 and Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 28: Francisco Lindor #12 and Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in Game Three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)