Thanks to a 9-3 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday night, the Chicago Cubs knotted the World Series at three games apiece and will have a chance to cap a comeback of epic proportions in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

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The Cubs entered Game 6 having scored five runs over the last three games, but they dwarfed that total by the time the third inning was over.

Kris Bryant opened the scoring with a two-out solo home run in the first inning off Josh Tomlin:


That was just the start of an offensive avalanche, as Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist followed Bryant"s lead with back-to-back singles and the Indians came unraveled when Tyler Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall misplayed a fly ball by Addison Russell that plated both baserunners.


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The Cubs loaded the bases and chased Tomlin one out into the third, and Russell stepped to the plate to deliver a decisive blow:


According to USA Today"s Bob Nightengale, Russell"s grand slam was the franchise"s first in the World Series and the first by any player in the Fall Classic since the Chicago White Sox"s Paul Konerko in 2005.

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta didn"t allow a hit through three innings, but the Indians threatened in a big way when the bottom of the fourth rolled around.

Mike Napoli singled to score Jason Kipnis, who had led off with a double, and Cleveland proceeded to load the bases with two outs. Naquin, however, struck out.

ESPN The Magazine"s Buster Olney relayed some telling numbers to emphasize just how much the rookie has struggled against Arrieta in the Fall Classic:


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Tyler Naquin vs. Jake Arrieta in this World Series: 4 at-bats, 21 pitches, 1 foul ball, 5 swings-and-misses, 4 strikeouts.


Kipnis slammed a solo homer off Arrieta to cut the Indians" deficit to 7-2 with two outs in the fifth, and Chicago"s starter recorded three more outs before he walked Chisenhall and was pulled in favor of Mike Montgomery. All told, Arrieta allowed two runs on three hits, three walks and one hit batter and struck out nine.

As ESPN Stats & Info noted, that last figure put him near the top of an esteemed list:


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Most K in World Series GameCubs History1908 Orval Overall 10 vs Tigers2016 Jake Arrieta 9 vs Indians1906 Jack Pfiester 9 vs White Sox


Aroldis Chapman—who recorded an eight-out save in Game 5—entered with two on and two out in the seventh, and he induced an inning-ending groundout, beating Francisco Lindor to the bag by a hair, as Fox Sports MLB showed on Twitter:


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Chapman also pitched a scoreless eighth, and Rizzo tacked on a two-run shot to right field in the top of the ninth.

With two straight victories in tow, the Cubs now face the possibility of ending their 108-year championship drought in a Game 7 that will feel somewhat familiar, according to NFL.com"s Don Banks:


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Maddon-Francona are facing off in their second game 7. In 2008 ALCS, Tampa Bay beat visiting Boston. Here's your chance for revenge, Tito.


Per MLB.com"s Carrie Muskat, a team hasn"t come back from 3-1 down and won a World Series on the road since the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.

But in order to do so, Chicago will need to solve Corey Kluber—who will make his second straight start on three days" rest in Game 7. In the World Series, Cleveland"s ace is 2-0 and has allowed only one run on nine hits, one walk and a hit batter while striking out 15 over 12 innings.

If Kluber turns in another dominant outing, the Indians will be in line to snap their title drought—which dates to 1948.

The Cubs, meanwhile, will counter with Kyle Hendricks. The National League ERA leader played the role of hero in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, holding the Los Angeles Dodgers to two hits in 7.1 innings, but Chicago lost his only World Series start after Cleveland got to him for six hits over 4.1 innings in Game 3.

So, if recent history is any indication, runs should be at a premium with Kluber and Hendricks on the bump.

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In other words, expect plenty of drama as tensions rise with a world championship on the line Wednesday night.