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Jason Kipnis blasts Indians to 3-1 series lead with 7th inning HR

Jason Kipnis provided for insurance for his squad on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs during Game 4 of the World Series.

In the top of the 7th inning with runners on 1st and 3rd, the Cleveland Indians were looking to ice the game; considering that they already had a 4-1 lead. Kipnis stepped into the batters box, looking to drive in some runs against Cubs reliever, Travis Wood. After looking past 3 balls and a single strike, Kipnis smashed an 88-mph breaking ball over the right-field wall to give the Indians a 7-1 lead. The home run was the Indians’ dagger in their Saturday night contest, taking the emotion out of the once-fired up Cubs crowd.

The Cubs would end up scoring another run, but that would be all; with the Indians holding on to walk away with a 7-2 win.

Kipnis’ monster 3-run HR was historical, considering that he became the first player to hit a 3-run World Series HR at Wrigley Field since Babe Ruth in 1932. The 29-year-old had himself a big Game 4, going 3-5 with 2 runs, 3 RBIs, a HR, and 7 total bases. It was an impressive and gutsy performance from Kipnis, who has been dealing with a sprained ankle since the beginning of the series.

With the win, the Indians give themselves a 3-1 lead in the World Series. They’re only one win away from winning their first World Series title in 71 years, which is currently the 2nd longest championship drought in MLB history. They’ll look to end their drought on Sunday when they’ll take on the Cubs in Game 5 at Wrigley Field, with the 1st pitch scheduled at 8:15 p.m. EST.

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