Cubs edge Indians to sustain World Series title bid

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Chicago (AFP)

The Chicago Cubs, on the brink of losing an eighth consecutive World Series, avoided elimination by defeating Cleveland 3-2, sustaining hopes for their first crown since 1908.

Chicago's Kris Bryant homered and Cuban relief ace Aroldis Chapman pitched the final 2 2/3 innings as the Cubs pulled within 3-2 in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship series, which continues with game six Tuesday at Cleveland, where a seventh game would be Wednesday if needed.

The Cubs, in their first World Series since 1945, are trying to snap America's longest sports title drought while the Indians own baseball's second-longest futility streak, last taking the trophy in 1948.