The Cubs kept their season alive Tuesday night, defeating the Indians, 9-3, in Game 6 of the World Series. Chicago's victory ensures the Fall Classic will come down to a decisive Game 7 in Cleveland tonight, when this year's champion will be crowned.
The Cubs evened the series thanks to big performances from a number of players, most notably Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo, who each came through with clutch home runs. Below is a look at each of those signature moments and how they impacted the Indians' big win. Fans can vote on the best performance on Twitter (@MLB).
Bryant jump-starts Chicago's offense
Bryant enjoyed a very productive night at the plate, batting 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in Game 6. The third baseman set the tone early with a two-out solo shot that ignited a three-run opening frame for Chicago. His home run left his bat at 106 mph and traveled a projected 433 feet, according to Statcast™. It marked the first home run Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin had surrendered on an 0-2 count all season.
Bryant contributed the first four-hit performance by a player in the World Series since the Giants' Pablo Sandoval in 2012. He's the second Cubs player to total four base hits in a World Series game, joining Stan Hack (1945).
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Russell's grand slam
If Bryant ignited the Cubs' offense, Russell got it firing on all cylinders with the first World Series grand slam in franchise history. It gave Chicago a 7-0 lead in the third inning. At a Statcast-projected 434 feet, it was the longest home run by a Cubs player this postseason and the third-longest homer overall.
The last player to go deep with the bases loaded in the World Series was fellow Chicago star Paul Konerko, who did it for the White Sox in Game 2 of the 2005 Fall Classic.
Russell also contributed a two-run double in the first inning, totaling a career-best six RBIs on the night. That tied the World Series record shared by the Yankees' Bobby Richardson (Game 3, 1960) and Hideki Matsui (Game 6, 2009) and the Cardinals' Albert Pujols (Game 3, '11).
Rizzo pads the lead
While the Cubs held a commanding lead throughout the night, the Indians consistently threatened to cut the deficit, plating three runs with six hits and six walks. It wasn't until Rizzo punctuated Chicago's offensive outburst with a two-run shot in the ninth that Cubs fans could finally relax.
Rizzo provided the Cubs with some breathing room, stretching the lead back to six runs. It was Rizzo's third homer this postseason and his first since Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers. The first baseman now has a hit in nine of his past 10 postseason games.
Don't forget to vote for the World Series Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet balloting. Starting in the sixth inning and continuing through the end of Game 7 tonight at Progressive Field, fan balloting will be conducted exclusively at MLB.com/vote to determine the star of this historic Fall Classic.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.