Cubs stay alive with Game 5 win, Indians lead World Series 3-2
CHICAGO – Breathe, Chicago Cubs fans. The Cubs aren’t done just yet.
Kris Bryant hit his first World Series home run, part of a three-run fourth inning, and the Cubs came away with a 3-2 win in Game 5 at Wrigley Field on Sunday night.
Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, striking out five. Closer Aroldis Chapman recorded the final eight outs for the save.
The win keeps the Cubs’ World Series title hopes alive. They trail the Indians 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, which heads back to Cleveland. Game 6 is Tuesday at Progressive Field.
Sunday’s win also marked the first time the Cubs have won a World Series game at Wrigley Field since October 8,1945, which was Game 6 against the Detroit Tigers. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908.
The pressure isn’t just on the Cubs to end a long title drought. The Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948. The 174 combined seasons between titles for the two clubs is the most in World Series history.
Lester, who took the loss in Game 1, came out firing in Game 5. He struck out the side in the first inning, and fans inside Wrigley roared approvingly.
His mistake came in the top of the second, when Jose Ramirez blasted a Lester fastball into the left-field seats for a solo home run for a 1-0 Indians lead.
The crowd went silent.
But it didn’t last.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Cubs rallied, rattling off four consecutive hits and bringing the crowd back to life.
Bryant launched a solo home run off Trevor Bauer to tie the game. Anthony Rizzo then doubled off the ivy. Ben Zobrist singled to right, advancing Rizzo to third. Addison Russell reached on an infield single to third, scoring Rizzo for the second run and sending Zobrist to second.
After Jason Heyward struck out, Javier Baez bunted for a base hit, loading the bases with one out. David Ross hit a sacrifice fly to left, bringing home Zobrist to make it 3-1.
Bauer went four innings, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out seven.
The Indians made it 3-2 in the top of the sixth when Francisco Lindor’s single drove in Rajai Davis.