Baseball: Cubs edge Indians to end 108-year Series title drought

Cleveland—Ending America’s longest sports title drought in dramatic fashion, the Chicago Cubs captured their first World Series since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a 10-inning thriller that concluded Thursday morning.
The Cubs took Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven final 4-3, ending what had been an iconic 107-year run of failure, frustration and futility.
But the historic victory came only after Chicago squandered a four-run lead and looked ready several times for another heartbreaking stumble.
“This trumps everything. I am so happy,” Cubs slugger Kris Bryant said. “That’s one of the best games anyone will ever see.”
Ben Zobrist doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and Miguel Montero added a bases-loaded single for an 8-6 Cubs lead after teams endured a 17-minute rain delay following a 6-6 deadlock in regulation play.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Zobrist, who was named the Most Valuable Player. “Most teams would have folded after we lost that lead.
“I can’t believe after 108 years we’re able to hoist the trophy.”
One out from victory, with Cubs fans chanting “We’re number one,” Cleveland’s Brandon Guyer walked and Rajai Davis, who homered to equalize in the eighth, singled to pull the Indians within the final margin.
But Michael Martinez grounded out to third to end Cleveland’s final threat and a roar erupted from Cubs fans as players began to celebrate.
“We got it done. That’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter how,” Cubs pitcher Jon Lester said. “It’s all surreal. I don’t have the words to describe how I feel right now.”—AFP

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