CLEVELAND — After more than 100 years of waiting, the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series.
Relive the highlights below:
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The prospect of the Chicago Cubs winning the franchise’s first title in more than a century led thousands of Cubs fans to invade Progressive Field ahead of Game 7. There were large swaths of Chicago blue in a sea of Cleveland red an hour before first pitch.
Stubhub reported a surge in sales of Game 7 tickets from the Chicago area on the secondary market. Stubhub spokesman Cameron Papp says up to 60 percent of transactions in the run-up to game time came from the greater Chicago market. A downloadable standing room only ticket was still going for $750 at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Indians manager Terry Francona says he expects the stadium to be “rocking” regardless of who buys the tickets and doesn’t expect the influx of Cubs fans to have any impact on the outcome.
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 center fielder 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 Cleveland 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.
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.
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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.
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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Just ahead of extra innings, there’s rain delay.
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.”