Chicago Cubs Win Game 7 in 10 Innings for First World Series Title in 108 Years

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Breaking down Game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field.

Cubs 8, Indians 7, 10 innings: Cubs win the series, 4-3.

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The game: Pitching on short rest for the second straight outing and starting his third game of the World Series, Corey Kluber lacked the swing-and-miss stuff that beguiled Chicago in Games 1 and 4 of the series. The Cubs’ deep lineup connected for a series of hard-hit balls against Kluber from the very start of the game, when Dexter Fowler led off with a home run to center field that gave the Cubs an early lead.

Chicago tacked on two more in the top of the fourth on a rally highlighted by a Willson Contreras double off the wall in deep right-center field. Javier Baez ended Kluber’s night by leading off the fifth with a home run, and the Cubs added another run off reliever Andrew Miller later in the inning to extend their lead.

The Indians touched Kyle Hendricks for a run in the third on a Coco Crisp double down the left field line followed by a Carlos Santana single.

Joe Maddon removed Hendricks after 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball for lefty Jon Lester, who entered with Santana on first in the fifth, allowed Jason Kipnis to reach on a infield dribbler that catcher David Ross threw past first baseman Anthony Rizzo for an error. On an ensuing wild pitch, both Santana and Kipnis scored to close the Cubs’ lead to 5-3.

Ross, playing the final game of his 15-year career, redeemed himself in the top half of the next inning with a home run off Miller to extend the Cubs’ lead to 6-3. Lester pitched well across three innings of relief, but Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman came in with two outs in the eight and gave away the lead in short order on an RBI double by Brandon Guyer and a game-tying homer by Rajai Davis.

After a 17-minute rain delay before the start of the 10th inning, Kyle Schwarber smacked a base hit off Indians reliever Bryan Shaw that snuck through the shift into left field. Pinch-runner Albert Almora Jr. took second on a Kris Bryant fly out, so the Indians intentionally walked Rizzo to get to Ben Zobrist. Zobrist lashed a double the opposite way to score Almora, then, after an intentional walk to Addison Russell, Miguel Montero smacked a single to score another run.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Ted Berg