The Chicago Cubs are still the defending World Series champions after they avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.
Jake Arrieta struck out nine over 6 2-3 innings for the hosts at Wrigley Field to pick up the win. The veteran right-hander conceded a single run on three hits and five walks in an eventual 3-2 triumph for the Cubs.
Javier Baez went deep twice and Willson Contreras also hit a home run to keep Chicago alive, barely, in the best of seven match-up.
Jose Quintana is expected to get the call in Game 5 on Thursday for the Cubs, with the Dodgers countering with Clayton Kershaw.
It's quite remarkable that Chicago has advanced as far as they have with a team that has spluttered all season, but now there is no leeway.
It's win three more in a row, including two down in LA over the weekend if necessary, or it will be the Dodgers who advance to the World Series to face either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees.
New York took a three games to two advantage in the American League Championship Series on Wednesday with a 5-0 triumph at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The Yankees have won every game at home this post-season and this time it was behind Masahiro Tanaka, who tossed a three-hitter over seven innings, walking one and striking out eight in a masterful performance.
New York are 4.70 to win the World Series, with the Astros 2.40 and the Dodgers 1.62.
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