>>Kluber, Perez Lead Indians Past Cubs in Game 1
Corey Kluber dominated into the seventh inning, Roberto Perez had four RBIs with a pair of home runs and the Indians beat the Cubs 6-0 in Tuesday night's opener of a highly anticipated matchup between the teams with baseball's longest championship droughts.
AL Championship Series MVP Andrew Miller escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh and stranded runners at the corners the eighth, preserving a three-run lead and delighting the sellout crowd of 38,091 in Cleveland's first-ever Series home opener.
Back in the Series for the first time since 1997, the Indians scored twice in the first off October ace Jon Lester.
Perez hit a fourth-inning solo shot and added a three-run drive in the eighth against Hector Rondon, becoming the first Cleveland player and the only No. 9 batter to homer twice in a Series game.
Francisco Lindor added three hits as the Indians improved to 8-1 this postseason.
Kyle Schwarber, making a surprise return in his first big league game since tearing knee ligaments on April 7, doubled off the right-field wall in the fourth - a drive kept in by a stiff wind on a 50-degree night. Kluber then got Javier Baez to fly out.
Jon Lester gave up three runs, six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Kluber combined with Miller and Cody Allen to fan 15 - two shy of the Series record for a nine-inning game - and Chicago went 2 for 15 with 10 strikeouts with runners on base.
Trevor Bauer, trying to come back from a sliced pinkie caused by a freak drone accident, starts Game 2 for the Indians on Wednesday night against Jake Arrieta.
>>Game 2 Start Time Moved Up For Weather Concerns
The start time for Game 2 of the World Series has been moved up by an hour because there's rain in the Cleveland weather forecast.
The game Wednesday night is now scheduled to begin at 7:08 p.m. EDT.
Major League Baseball announced the time shift Tuesday night midway through the Series opener between the Chicago Cubs and Indians.
There was no rain during Game 1 at Progressive Field.