On Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs silenced over a century of curses and struggles to win their first World Series since 1908. The Game 7, 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians set off a frenzy in the Windy City, which has been waiting generations for this unfathomable moment.

Strong start

The Cubs could only hope to score a run off Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, who gave up just one run combined in his previous two World Series starts. Dexter Fowler did the Cubs one better, homering on the very first pitch of the game to give Chicago an early cushion. It was the first lead-off home run in World Series Game 7 history.

Cubs defensive miscues

The Cubs defense, which has been historically great this season, struggled throughout the game. Javier Baez and Addison Russell both blew easy fielding plays early in the game. Then, a throwing error by David Ross and a wild pitch from Jon Lester brought two runs in for the Indians to cut the deficit from 5-1 to 5-3, with Jason Kipnis scoring all the way from second base on some smart base running.

Late game heroics

Ross redeemed himself in the top of the sixth inning by taking an Andrew Miller pitch deep for a 6-3 Chicago lead. It was the second-last at bat of his career, as he was lifted for a pinch runner in the ninth inning. That move was necessary because Aroldis Chapman blew up upon entering the game in the eighth inning.

He immediately gave up a double to Brandon Guyer, which scored scored Jose Ramirez to cut the deficit to 6-4. Then, Rajai Davis, who hadn't homered since August, hit the latest game-tying home run in MLB postseason history to tie the game at 6 heading into the ninth inning.

The rain began to fall briefly, threatening to suspend a tied, winner-take-all game in the World Series.

But it let up and the action resumed until the game turned to extra innings, when it came back and caused a rain delay. When the tenth inning finally started, the Cubs bats worked quickly and Ben Zobrist, who won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals last year, doubled to left to score the leadingrun.

Miguel Montero added an RBI of his own, which would prove essential, and the celebrations were off in Chicago.

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