Which Game 4 performance gets top honors?

Kipnis, Santana slug homers to back dominant Kluber

Which Game 4 performance gets top honors?

The Indians are on the cusp of their first World Series championship since 1948 after defeating the Cubs, 7-2, in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night at Wrigley Field. Cleveland has a 3-1 Series lead and will try to clinch the title tonight in Game 5 at Wrigley.

There were several heroes for the Indians in Game 4, none more critical than right-hander Corey Kluber, who turned in another masterpiece to pave the way for the Tribe. Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis homered to back Kluber's gem and bring the Indians to the precipice of history.

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

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 25 CLE 6, CHC 0 video
Gm 2 Oct. 26 CHC 5, CLE 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 28 CLE 1, CHC 0 video
Gm 4 Oct. 29 CLE 7, CHC 2 video
Gm 5 Oct. 30 CHC 3, CLE 2 video
Gm 6 Nov. 1 CHC 9, CLE 3 video
Gm 7 Nov. 2 CHC 8 CLE, 7 (10) video

Cleveland rocks, opening with Santana
Santana, who was in the starting lineup at first base in place of Mike Napoli in Game 4 after starting in left field for Cleveland in Game 3, tied the game at 1 with a home run in the Indians' second inning. The blast came on a 3-2 fastball from Cubs starter John Lackey and was part of a three-hit night for Santana that snapped an 0-for-7 start to the Fall Classic.

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Kipnis and shades of the Babe
With the Indians leading, 4-1, in the seventh, Northbrook, Ill., native Kipnis launched a three-run homer into the right-field stands to put the game out of reach. The home run off Cubs left-hander Travis Wood was the first hit by an Illinois-born player in a World Series game at Wrigley Field. It was also the first three-run homer by a visiting player in a Fall Classic contest at Wrigley since Babe Ruth's shot to plate three in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series.

Kluber's Silence of the Cubs, Part II
Kluber followed up his masterful Game 1 performance (six scoreless innings, nine strikeouts and no walks) with another stellar outing in Game 4. The right-hander tossed six innings, giving up one run on five hits while walking one and striking out six. Kluber's 0.89 ERA this postseason is the second-best for any pitcher with at least five starts in a postseason, behind Burt Hooton's 0.82 mark in 1981.

Kluber also set a franchise record with 15 strikeouts in one World Series, surpassing the mark of 13 set by Orel Hershiser in 1995.

Don't forget to vote for the World Series Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet, starting in the sixth inning of the first potential Fall Classic-clinching game.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.