Chicago Cubs win the World Series 8-7, ending 108-year drought

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CLEVELAND — The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series championship since 1908 when Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a thrilling Game 7 delayed by rain early Thursday.

Lovable losers for generations, the Cubs nearly let this one get away, too. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead with two outs in the eighth when Rajai Davis hit a tying homer.

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.

Cleveland was trying to win its first crown since 1948, but lost the last two games at home.

World Series favorites since spring training, Chicago led the majors with 103 wins this season. The Cubs then ended more than a century of misery for their loyal fans.

 

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12:47 a.m.

Mike Montgomery retired Michael Martinez for the final out with a runner on in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs ended baseball’s longest championship drought by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the World Series.

The Cubs won their first championship since 1908, becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.

Ben Zobrist doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and Miguel Montero added an RBI single to make it 8-6. Rajai Davis singled home a run in the bottom half off Carl Edwards Jr. before Martinez grounded out against Montgomery to end it.

The game included a 17-minute rain delay before the 10th inning.

Davis tied it at 6 with a two-run homer in the eighth off closer Aroldis Chapman, helping Cleveland erase a 5-1 deficit.

Cleveland still has not won a World Series since 1948. Ace Corey Kluber allowed four runs in four-plus innings, failing in his attempt to become the first pitcher to win three starts in one Series since 1968 MVP Mickey Lolich for Detroit.

Fans are already packed into Wrigleyville in Chicago, and a late-night party is getting underway.

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12:30 p.m.

Ben Zobrist doubled in the go-ahead run, Miguel Montero added an RBI single and the Chicago Cubs took an 8-6 lead in the 10th inning following a 17-minute rain delay.

Chicago is three outs from its first World Series title since 1908.

Kyle Schwarber led off the 10th with a single and pinch-runner Albert Almora Jr. tagged up from first to second on a deep fly ball by Kris Bryant. Bryan Shaw intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo, and Zobrist hit an opposite-field double past third to bring in Almora.

Montero grounded a single into left field, scoring Rizzo from third base.

Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez and Brandon Guyer are due up for Cleveland in the bottom of the 10th. That trio already has five hits combined in Game 7.

The Indians haven’t won the World Series since 1948.

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12:15 a.m.

Game 7 between the Cubs and Indians has resumed following a 17-minute rain delay.

The game is tied 6-6 in the 10th inning. Kyle Schwarber singled to lead off the 10th and was pinch-run for by Albert Almora Jr.

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12:10 a.m.

Game 7 between the Cubs and Indians is expected to resume about 12:15 a.m. following a brief rain delay.

The score is tied 6-all heading into the 10th inning. The tarp has been removed and players are coming back onto the field.

The Cubs are seeking their first championship since 1908. The Indians are trying to win their first title since 1948.

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12 a.m.

Game 7 between the Cubs and Indians has entered a rain delay with the score tied 6-all after nine innings.

Rain began falling before the top of the ninth and the tarp was brought out an inning later at 11:54 p.m.

Crew chief John Hirschbeck expects the game will resume before too long.

“We don’t want to have them play now in the seventh game of the World Series in extra innings, tied score, in conditions that aren’t right,” he said. “Just to keep the field perfect, we covered it and we’ll wait this out. The good thing is there’s nothing behind it.”

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11:55 p.m.

The Cubs and Indians are headed to extra innings tied 6-6, with Game 7 headed for a dramatic finish.

It’s the first Game 7 of the Series to go to extra innings since 1997, when the Florida Marlins beat the Indians in 11 innings. Edgar Renteria ended that one with an RBI single that deflected off the glove of pitcher Charles Nagy.

The Cubs were four outs from their first title since 1908, but star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a 6-3 lead in the eighth when Brandon Guyer hit an RBI double with two outs and Rajai Davis homered.

Cleveland is seeking its first championship since 1948.
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11:45 p.m.

Javier Baez squared to bunt with a full count and a runner on third, and the Cubs infielder fouled it off to help the Indians preserve a 6-6 tie in a nervy top of the ninth inning in Game 7.

With one out, Jason Heyward stole second base with Baez batting then took third when catcher Yan Gomes’ throw skipped into the outfield. Baez then tried to bunt, fouling the ball straight back for strike three.

Dexter Fowler then grounded out to shortstop, ending the inning.

Cleveland has the top of the order due up in the bottom of the ninth, starting with Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor.

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11:25 p.m.

Could a little rain extend baseball’s longest droughts?

Indians outfielder Rajai Davis tied Game 7 at 6 with a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and when Chicago’s David Ross stepped in to lead off the ninth, the rain started coming down.

The Cubs are trying to win their first World Series championship since 1908, and Cleveland hasn’t won since 1948.

The start of the game was moved up 8 minutes to 8 p.m. over concerns it might get wet. AccuWeather senior meteorologist said in a statement before the game: “If Game 7 runs late or goes into extra innings, then the chance of drenching rain will increase.”

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11:20 p.m.

Indians outfielder Rajai Davis hit a tying, two-run homer off closer Aroldis Chapman, and Cleveland and the Chicago Cubs are headed to the ninth inning of Game 7 tied 6-6.

Davis yanked Chapman’s slider over the wall in the left-field corner with two outs in the eighth inning, capping a three-run inning and pulling the Indians even for the first time since the fourth inning.

Chapman relieved Jon Lester to protect a 6-3 lead with two outs and a man on first. He allowed an RBI double to Brandon Guyer in his first at-bat, then delivered a hittable slider that Davis smacked.

Manager Joe Maddon has been questioned about his use of Chapman in Games 5 and 6. Maddon let the closer throw 62 pitches over three days leading up to Game 7.

Chicago has David Ross, Jason Heyward and Javier Baez due up in the ninth. Ross and Baez have already homered.

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10:55 p.m.

Six outs to bury 108 exasperating years.

Jon Lester struck out Jason Kipnis with a runner on second base to end the seventh inning, protecting a 6-3 Cubs lead. With closer Aroldis Chapman warming in the bullpen, that could be it for Lester.

The veteran left-hander came on in relief of Kyle Hendricks in the fifth inning and allowed two runs to score on a wild pitch. He’s been solid since, completing 2 1/3 innings without more damage in his first relief outing since the 2007 AL Championship Series, when he pitched for the Red Sox at Progressive Field.

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10:25 p.m.

The Chicago Cubs are nine outs away from ending 108 years of frustration.

Chicago leads the Cleveland Indians 6-3 through six innings of Game 7. The Cubs have three home runs through six innings after managing just six total through the first six games of the Series.

Javier Baez, Chicago’s 21-year-old defensive whiz, is the second-youngest player in World Series history to hit a home run in Game 7, while 39-year-old catcher David Ross is the oldest player to homer in a winner-take-all World Series game.

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10:10 p.m.

David Ross homered in what might have been his final major league at-bat.

The Cubs catcher, set to retire after the season, launched a solo shot off shutdown left-hander Andrew Miller in the sixth inning. The ball just cleared the wall in center field, boosting Chicago’s lead to 6-3.

Ross entered in the bottom of the fifth along with left-hander Jon Lester. The veteran backstop has been Lester’s go-to handler behind the plate all season, and his homer stretched Chicago’s lead after Cleveland got two runs on Lester’s wild pitch.

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10 p.m.

Jason Kipnis and the Cleveland Indians used their legs to get back into Game 7 against the Chicago Cubs.

Carlos Santana scored from third base and Kipnis came in from second when Jon Lester uncorked a wild pitch with two outs in the fifth, pulling the Indians to 5-3.

Lester came on with two outs in the fifth when starter Kyle Hendricks was pulled after walking Santana. Kipnis reached on an infield hit and a throwing error by catcher David Ross, who entered at the same time as Lester.

Both runners came home when Lester’s pitch bounced off Ross’ mask and skipped toward the Cubs’ dugout. Kipnis slid headfirst under Lester’s tag to give the Indians a needed jolt.

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9:45 p.m.

The Chicago Cubs are pouring it on in Game 7.

Javier Baez led off the fifth with a home run against Corey Kluber and Anthony Rizzo doubled home Kris Bryant on a perfectly executed hit-and-run play to give the Cubs a 5-1 lead.

Kluber, who won Games 1 and 4 for the Indians, exited after Baez’s home run. The Chicago second baseman was 4 for 26 with 11 strikeouts before his first home run of the World Series. Kluber allowed four runs in four-plus innings and failed to record a strikeout for the first time in his major league career.

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9:20 p.m.

The Cubs again lead Game 7 thanks to their aggressive baserunning and some shoddy defense by the Cleveland Indians.

Kris Bryant scored on Addison Russell’s sacrifice fly to shallow center field when Rajai Davis’ throw home came in high. Bryant slide safely under catcher Roberto Perez’s tag for a 2-1 lead. Willson Contreras added on when he doubled off the wall to bring home Ben Zobrist.

Davis got a bad jump on Contreras’ fly, taking a step in before scrambling backward as the ball sailed through the warm November night and off the wall.

The Cubs led 3-1 after four innings.

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9 p.m.

The Cleveland Indians have tied it up in Game 7.

Coco Crisp led off with a double against Kyle Hendricks, moved to third on Roberto Perez’s sacrifice bunt and scored when Carlos Santana singled into right field to knot the game at 1.

The Indians flirted with a big inning when Chicago second baseman Javier Baez dropped a flip from shortstop Addison Russell that put runners on first and second with one out. Francisco Lindor flew out to right and Chicago third baseman Kris Bryant snagged a sharp line drive by Cleveland’s Mike Napoli.

Left-hander Jon Lester began warming up in Chicago’s bullpen during the fourth inning.

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8:40 p.m.

Kyle Hendricks has kept the Cleveland Indians off the board through two innings of Game 7. The Cubs lead 1-0 behind Dexter Fowler’s leadoff home run in the first.

Hendricks worked around an error by second baseman Javier Baez to get out of the first inning and wriggled free of potential trouble in the second.

Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez led off the second with a single, but Hendricks caught him leaning toward second base and picked him off. Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a single to right, but Rajai Davis bounced into a double play to end the threat. Chisenhall ended a 1-for-24 slide.

The Cubs won 77 percent of games in which they scored first this season, the highest percentage in the majors.

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8:15 p.m.

Dexter Fowler has given the Chicago Cubs an early lead in Game 7.

The Cubs center fielder led off this World Series finale by sending a 2-1 pitch from Cleveland ace Corey Kluber over the wall in center, and Chicago led 1-0 after one inning.

It’s the first leadoff home run in a winner-take-all Series game. Cleveland’s Rajai Davis made a leaping attempt to snare the fly at the wall, but it sailed over his glove. Fowler celebrated by spinning and yelling at the Chicago dugout after rounding first.

The run jolted the already animated Cubs contingent in the stands. Progressive Field featured large swaths of blue and several loud chants of “Let’s Go Cubs” during the pregame festivities and throughout the first inning. Kris Bryant was even serenaded by “MVP!” chants during his at-bat — a common occurrence this season at Wrigley Field.

It was the first leadoff homer allowed by Kluber this season. The last was Aug. 29, 2015, by Kole Calhoun.

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