Which Game 1 performance gets top honors?

Kluber, Miller, Perez play key roles in Tribe's Series-opening win

October 26th, 2016

The Indians got one step closer to celebrating the franchise's first World Series title since 1948 with a 6-0 win over the Cubs in Game 1 at Progressive Field on Tuesday night, thanks in large part to clutch performances from starting pitcher , reliever and catcher .

Below is a look at each of those signature moments and how they impacted Cleveland's big win. Cast your vote for the best performance on Twitter @MLB.

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Kluber's dominant start

The Indians' ace continued his stellar postseason by quieting a potent Cubs lineup for six-plus innings in Game 1. Kluber did not allow a run, yielding only four hits, and struck out nine without issuing a walk.

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Kluber has now given up just two runs through 24 1/3 innings in the postseason, fanning 29 batters against seven walks. His three scoreless outings of six or more innings this postseason tied a Major League record shared by (2014 San Francisco Giants), Kenny Rogers ('06 Detroit Tigers) and Christy Mathewson (1905 New York Giants). Kluber also established a World Series record with eight strikeouts in his first three innings.

Miller's big-time K's

Miller followed Kluber's dominant outing with an impressive pitching appearance of his own, extinguishing Chicago's greatest threat of the night. The left-hander entered the game in the seventh with a runner on first and issued a walk to -- only his second to a left-handed batter all year. The Cubs' then loaded the bases with a single to left.

Miller escaped the jam by retiring his next three batters, including two on back-to-back strikeouts, bringing his October total to 24 through 13 2/3 innings. He's now faced five batters with the bases loaded this season and he's struck out four of them without allowing a run.

Miller also turned in a scoreless eighth, extending his postseason scoreless streak to 22 innings.

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Perez's big blasts

Perez's first multihomer game came at a crucial time, as the third-year catcher went deep twice, accounting for four of Cleveland's six runs. He became just the fifth catcher in history to homer twice in a World Series game.

Perez followed the Indians' two-run first inning with a homer off Cubs ace in the fourth, giving the Tribe a 3-0 advantage. He later belted a three-run homer in the eighth to extend the lead to 6-0, which was more than enough for closer to secure the victory.