Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates after scoring in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday. (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

World Series Game 5: Cubs, Aroldis Chapman hang on to beat Indians, remain alive

John Tomase
October 30, 2016 - 7:56 pm

The Cubs live to fight another day, and the World Series is heading back to Cleveland. Behind six strong innings from Jon Lester and the longest save of Aroldis Chapman's career, the Cubs avoided elimination with a 3-2 victory over the Indians in Game 5 of the Fall Classic before a packed house at Wrigley Field. This one wasn't decided until Chapman struck out Jose Ramirez, who had homered earlier in the game, to complete the eight-out save. The out perfectly bookended his night, which began with a punchout of Ramirez with the tying run on second base. That made a winner of Lester, who allowed two runs in six innings, striking out five. Lester improved to 4-1 in five career World Series starts. The Cubs got all of their offense in the fourth against a typically stingy Indians pitching staff. Trailing 1-0 thanks to Ramirez's second-inning homer off of Lester, Kris Bryant led off the fourth with a solo homer to tie it. Anthony Rizzo doubled, Ben Zobrist singled, and Addison Russell gave the Cubs the lead with an infield single. Old friend David Ross, in perhaps the final game of his career, provided an insurance run with a sacrifice fly. He also threw out Francisco Lindor trying to steal in the sixth after Lindor's RBI single had drawn the Indians within a run. The Cubs then rode Chapman to the finish, earning their first World Series win at Wrigley since Game 6 in 1945.