CLEVELAND - The Cubs proved Andrew Miller is not immortal.
Well, sort of.
The Cubs actually put some pressure on the ALCS MVP with the 0.00 career ERA in the postseason, but Miller pitched out of a pair of jams to thwart the Cubs' only true threats.
Behind Miller's Houdini acts and Corey Kluber's pitching, the Indians went on to claim Game 1 6-0 in front of 38,091 fans at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland.
Kluber was on all night, striking out eight in three innings to set a World Series record. He finished with nine whiffs to set a new Indians postseason record.
The Cubs managed just four hits off Kluber and he didn't walk a batter to lower his 2016 playoff ERA to a ridiculous 0.74.
"We lost, so we just move on," Anthony Rizzo said. "I don't think anyone's really hanging their head. It's just moving on and being ready to go."
Kyle Schwarber launched a double off Kluber in just his second at-bat in the big leagues since April 7, missing a homer by a matter of inches in the fourth inning.
But the Cubs' offense didn't put together a solid threat when Ben Zobrist knocked Kluber out of the game with a leadoff single in the seventh.
Miller came in and promptly walked Schwarber and surrendered an 0-2 hit to Javy Baez to load the bases with nobody out.
The Cubs looked poised to mount a comeback against a guy who had not allowed a run in 20 career postseason innings, including 11.2 scoreless frames this October entering the World Series.
But Miller buckled down, inducing a shallow fly ball from Willson Contreras that wasn't deep enough to score Zobrist before Addison Russell and David Ross struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs challenged Miller again in the eighth when Kris Bryant walked and Zobrist singled for his third hit of the night, but Schwarber whiffed on two massive swings to strike out and end the inning.
Miller may have kept the shutout intact, but the Cubs also forced him to throw 46 pitches, his most since September 2011. That could have an impact later in the series, including Game 2 Wednesday night.
Jon Lester, meanwhile, struggled in the first inning and put the Cubs in an early hole.
After getting two quick outs, the co-NLCS MVP gave up a single to Francisco Lindor, who then stole second base, before walking the next two batters to load the bases.
An infield hit plated one run and then Lester plunked Brandon Guyer with an 0-2 pitch to force in another run.
Lester allowed another run came on a homer from Roberto Perez - a lined shot to left field that hit the railing just above the wall.
Perez broke the game open in the eighth with a three-run blast off Hector Rondon. The backup catcher only had 11 homers in 422 at-bats over three big-league seasons before this October.
"Yeah, listen, I'm not upset whatsoever," Maddon said. "They pitched really well tonight. Jonny pitched - wasn't on top of his game, but really gave us a chance to win. That first inning was unfortunate. Those three runs in the last inning make it look really awful, that six. I mean, Ronnie just hangs a slider and the guy hits a home run.
"Otherwise it's tightly contested, and who knows what happens in the last inning. The six runs makes it look more lopsided. But I have no concerns. I thought we were ready to play. Our guys looked really good. They were great in the dugout today. It's the first game. I'm fine, we're fine.
The Cubs and Indians will square off in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday night. The game was moved up an hour to 6:08 p.m. Chicago time with a threat of rain in Cleveland.
"It's big," Rizzo said. "We need to win. We need to win every game. It's no bigger than it was this game. Tomorrow will be the biggest game of the year. So will Games 3 and 4."