CLEVELAND — You know those days when, within a half-hour of waking up, you stub your toe on the bed post, spill your orange juice and burn your hand on a skillet? And you seriously consider going back to bed?

The Indians had one of those days Tuesday … in Game 6 of the World Series … with a chance to win a championship.

The Indians couldn’t hide under the covers. They had to endure nine innings of soggy cereal in a 9-3 Cubs win at Progressive Field.

That sets up a winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday between two franchises with 176 years of combined championship drought between them.

“We’ll be really excited to play,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “You learn from your mistakes and then move on quickly, and we’ll do that. It will be exciting to come to the ballpark tomorrow.

“Shoot, I might just wear my uniform home.”

The Indians looked they never got out of their pajamas Tuesday.

The Cubs led 3-0 before the Indians even batted and extended it to 7-0 in the third inning. Cleveland is not a team built to rally from large deficits, and the Cubs were well on their way to winning their second straight game and evening the series.

All those jokes about the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals to the Cavaliers suddenly don’t seem so funny.

The good news for Cleveland: Starting Game 7 for the Indians is Corey Kluber, he of the 0.89 ERA in five starts this postseason.

More good news: Andrew Miller, Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw all are rested and ready to work out of the bullpen Wednesday.

There certainly was no reason to use them Tuesday.

Tribe starter Josh Tomlin was one strike from working a 1-2-3 first inning. Then Kris Bryant deposited a hanging 0-2 pitch 433 feet away in the bleachers.

A solo home run off Tomlin isn’t that big of a deal. It’s going to happen off a pitcher who is around the strike zone that much. The dude allowed 36 bombs in the regular season.

What followed was a big deal.

Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each singled, bringing up Addison Russell. The Cubs shortstop lifted a fairly routine fly ball to right-center that center fielder Tyler Naquin and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall turned into a comedy routine.

Chisenhall ran after it aggressively, then tailed off. Naquin never looked too interested in taking charge.

The result was the baseball falling innocently on the Kentucky Bluegrass as Naquin and Chisenhall looked at each other. Both Rizzo and Zobrist scored on what was ruled a double. The Cubs took a 3-0 lead and the life was sucked from a ballpark that had been rocking five minutes earlier.

“Lonnie went hard after it, as he should,” Francona said. “But it’s Naquin’s ball. He’s playing on that side and he’s the center fielder. I think at the end there, as Lonnie was kind of pulling off, Naquin was yelling, ‘It’s yours. You’ve got it.’ It’s pretty loud anyway. We kind of told Naq, especially playing on that side, that’s his ball. Just take charge and take it.”

Halloween was Monday, but there were plenty of scares Tuesday for Tribe fans anytime a fly ball was hit. Naquin and Chisenhall almost collided later on another ball to right-center. Chisenhall made the catch as Naquin slid behind him to avoid contact. Naquin looked irritated as Jason Kipnis tried to intervene.

Don’t be surprised to see veteran Rajai Davis in center field for Game 7.

The deficit went from difficult to almost insurmountable in the third inning when the 22-year-old Russell blasted a one-out grand slam off reliever Dan Otero. It was the first grand slam hit by a Cub in the World Series and the first allowed by an Indians pitcher in the World Series.

And it was basically game over. Jake Arrieta worked 5.2 innings for his second win of the World Series. The right-hander carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning, when the Indians got a run and later loaded the bases with two outs. But last year’s National League Cy Young winner struck out Naquin (mama said there’d be days like this) to escape any more damage.

Now the Indians will trot out their American League Cy Young winner from 2014 to oppose Kyle Hendricks. This was one of the reasons Francona started Kluber on short rest in Game 4, so the 30-year-old right-hander could come back again on short rest for Game 7 if it was needed.

Well, it’s needed.

“That’s a good feeling,” Francona said of turning to Kluber.

The Indians have been lauded for their resiliency all postseason and it’s getting put to the test one more time.

One more time, with a World Series on the line.

— You can reach Josh at josh.weir@cantonrep.com or on Twitter @jweirREP.