The Cleveland Indians are a team that rarely relinquishes a lead once they have it secured, so it was vital for the Chicago Cubs to get off to a strong start in World Series Game 6. They did just that, jumping out to a 3-0 lead before the Indians had a chance to even reach the plate.

Tomlin starts out well

There was a palpable buzz at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Tuesday night, and with good reason -- the Indians were hosting a World Series game with a 3-2 lead in the series. They also had Josh Tomlin on the mound, the underrated pitcher of the playoffs. In Game 3, he pitched 4.2 innings and only gave up two hits and a walk, leaving the game with a shutout intact.

The Indians eventually won that game and haven't looked back yet.

Things started out well for him in Game 6. Dexter Fowler quickly lined out to third base, then Kyle Schwarber, the dangerous designated hitter who couldn't play the field in Chicago, grounded the first pitch he faced to second base for the second out. Then, disaster struck.

Cubs roar

Kris Bryant hit a clutch home run to save the Cubs' season on Sunday. He did the same tonight, launching a shot 426 feet into left field to give the Cubs a quick 1-0 lead. This was followed by back-to-back singles from Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist, bringing Addison Russell to the plate.

On an 0-1 count, Russell smacked a ball to the gap in right center field, bringing both Rizzo and Zobrist home.

Russell even advanced to third base on a throwing error, a sign the Indians were feeling a little jittery with a World Series victory a win away. Willson Contreras, given the start at catcher for Chicago over David Ross, flied out to center to stop the bleeding.

This was obviously the ideal start for Chicago and the heartbreaking beginning for Cleveland.

The Cubs have former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta on the mound to protect the lead, and he delivered in the first inning without giving up a run. Meanwhile, Indians manager Terry Francona is already warming up the bullpen to replace Josh Tomlin; it may be too late to prevent a Game 7, though.

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