CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Chicago Cubs have won their first World Series title since 1908 after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the tenth inning of Game 7 at Progressive Field.
The Cubs battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the series to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in Cleveland.
Chicago’s lead-off hitter Dexter Fowler hit a one-run homer to start the game and give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.
Starting pitcher for the Tribe is 2014 AL Cy Young Award Winner Corey Kluber kept the Cubs from scoring in the second and third with help from Lonnie Chisenhall’s great throw into second.
Coco Crisp hit a double then moved to third on a Roberto Perez sacrifice. Carlos Santana singled to knock in Crisp and tie the game.
In the fourth, Kris Bryant hit a single and moved to second when Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch. Ben Zobrist grounded into a fielder’s choice. Addison Russell’s sac fly to left scored Bryant on a close throw to home. Then Willson Contreras hit in Zobrist. That gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead.
Javier Baez hit a solo shot to start the fifth inning and that’s when Tribe Manager Terry Francona brought in Andrew Miller.
The ALCS MVP walked Bryant, who scored on a Rizzo hit. The score went to 5-1.
But the Indians fought back. Santana walked and Kipnis hit a single, then both scored on a wild pitch from Jon Lester.
Chicago’s David Ross hit a solo shot in the sixth so the Cubs lead by 3.
In the bottom of the eighth, Jose Ramirez hit a single and Brandon Guyer doubled to center with two outs. The two-out rally continued with a two-run blast from Rajai Davis.
But the Cubs, after tormenting their fans one more time, came right back after a 17-minute rain delay before the top of the 10th and scored twice. Davis hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom half, but Mike Montgomery got the final out.
Manager Joe Maddon’s team halted the longest title drought in baseball, becoming the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals.