CLEVELAND— Time never stood still Wednesday night at a cold, damp Progressive Field.
It only felt like that during a meandering four hours and four minutes of World Series baseball.

Not that the Cubs minded much, as they won a World Series game for the first time in 71 years.
Their 5-1 win in Game 2 evened the Series at a game apiece.

One-time Cubs ace Jake Arrieta rediscovered his groove on the mound, while teammates Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber continued to deliver at the plate.

For the Indians, who suffered just their second loss of this postseason, not much stood out.

“We gave up nine hits, eight walks, two errors and we only gave up five runs,” Indians manager Terry Francona said in summarizing his team’s night. “We’re probably pretty fortunate (the deficit wasn’t more) because there was traffic all night.

“For us to win, we generally need to play a clean game and we didn’t do that.”

Energized a night earlier by some remarkable performances by the Indians, Chicago dampened the enthusiasm of most of the sold-out crowd of 38,172. The best-of-seven series heads to Chicago for the next three games, starting Friday.

“It’s going to be incredibly special,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of playing a World Series game at Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945.

Wednesday’s start time was moved up an hour to help get the game in before expected rain hit the area. With the game falling just 15 minutes shy of the longest nine-inning game in World Series history, that move paid off.

For Arrieta, who had struggled this postseason, he just had to keep his emotions in check in his first World Series start. After having “my foot on the gas a little too much at the start,” Arrieta said he thought he did that. And he no-hit the Indians for 5.1 innings.

Cleveland’s starter, Trevor Bauer, struggled from the outset.

Bauer gave up a run in the first and third, and his night ended in the fourth. But his injured pinkie finger from a drone accident prior to the ALCS did hold up.

His final line: two runs allowed on six hits and two walks over 3.2 innings, with two strikeouts.

“He never settled into the game,” said Francona, who lost a World Series game for the first time as a manager after winning his first nine.

Zobrist and Schwarber each had two hits and a run. Schwarber knocked in two runs and Zobrist had one RBI.
Zobrist has five hits in the series after collecting just six combined in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Schwarber, an Ohio native from Middletown, is playing for the first time in six months after reconstructive knee surgery.

“That’s a lot to ask,” Francona said of Schwarber’s comeback, “but special players can do special things.”

They provided plenty of support for Arrieta, who entered with two career no-hitters in the regular season – one each of the last two years.

Aside from a couple two-out walks in the first inning Wednesday, Arrieta was in command his first five innings. He struck out six.

“I knew that I hadn’t given up a hit, but that’s not really the focus of a game like this,” Arrieta said. “You want to pile up as many outs as you can.”

A Jason Kipnis hustle double with one out in the sixth broke up the no-hit bid and got the Tribe going. Kipnis dropped a hit into right center and showed no signs of having an injured ankle on the play. He eventually scored on a wild pitch. Mike Napoli singled later that at-bat to end Arrieta’s night. Mike Montgomery got the final out of the inning for the Cubs.

The Indians put a pair on with two outs in the seventh, revving up the crowd. Montgomery struck out Carlos Sanatana, though, to end that threat.

A two-out single by Napoli in the eighth resulted in Maddon turning to his closer Aroldis Chapman and his triple-digit fastballs. Chapman unleashed a 103 mph fastball to strike out Jose Ramirez before finishing off the Indians in the ninth.

Bauer could not finish off hitters when he needed to early on. In the first, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo both delivered hits on 2-2 pitches. Bryant singled and came around to score on a Rizzo double to right. A 10-pitch sequence to Zobrist followed, as he fouled off five 2-2 pitches before lining out to left.

At least Bauer won that battle vs. Zobrist.

A two-out single by Zobrist off Bauer in the third set the stage for Schwarber’s RBI single to center.

In the fifth, a Zobrist triple to right, where Lonnie Chisenhall fell down as he tried to retrieve the ball, drove home Rizzo with Chicago’s third run. An RBI single by Schwarber, an error by Kipnis and some walks added up to a three-run inning, just the second time this postseason the Indians allowed more than a run in an inning.

Francona made full use of his bullpen, including All-Star starter Danny Salazar, who last pitched Sept. 9 because of a strained forearm. He made his World Series debut in the sixth. He clocked 97 mph on his first pitch. He worked a scoreless inning, allowing two walks and no hits.

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