The Cubs rode a three-run fourth inning and held off the Indians to take a 3-2 win in Game 5 of the World Series at Wrigley Field, putting the series at 3-2 as it heads back to Cleveland.
Kris Bryant's solo homer and strong pitching performances from Jon Lester and Aroldis Chapman helped the Cubs stave off elimination, while the Indians couldn't capitalize on their chances to score, finishing 1-for-10 with RISP.
11:45 p.m. ET: Chapman brings heat, keeps Tribe at bay
Chapman entered the game with one out in the seventh inning and battled to deliver an eight-out save with four strikeouts.
10:45 p.m. ET: Vedder dedicates stretch to Ross
Pearl Jam frontman and longtime Cubs fan Eddie Vedder dedicated his rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" to Cubs catcher David Ross, who is retiring after this season at age 39.
9:39 p.m. ET: Wrigley awakens on Bryant's blast
The Cubs entered the fourth inning with just two runs in their previous 25 innings, dating back to Game 2. Bryant helped change that in a three-run frame with a solo homer, becoming the first Cubs third baseman in history to homer in the World Series. Wrigley's fans -- most of whom were already on their feet, anyway -- gave the Cubs a rousing ovation.
8:39 p.m. ET: Strikeouts in the 1st, then Indians strike first
For most of the World Series, fans at Wrigley Field have been looking for a reason to get loud. They didn't need to wait long in Game 5, as Jon Lester struck out the side in the first inning, sending Wrigley into a frenzy. Indians starter Trevor Bauer followed Lester's lead with two strikeouts of his own in the bottom of the frame, and the pair tied a World Series record with a combined five strikeouts in the first inning.
Then in the top of the 2nd inning, Jose Ramirez launched a solo homer off Lester for his first homer of the postseason and the first run of the game. Fans at the watch party at Progressive Field in Cleveland went wild.
8:15 p.m. ET: Wrigleyville keeping the faith
After waiting 108 years since the Cubs' last World Series victory, fans on the North Side aren't about to give up on their team facing elimination. Fans once again filled the streets surrounding Wrigley as Game 5 got underway.