CLEVELAND — The Chicago Cubs won a World Series game Wednesday night, and the Earth is still spinning, although the tilt of the axis might be wobbling more than normal.

Chicago’s 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 at cold, damp and sold-out Progressive Field evened the series at one win apiece and came 71 years after the Cubs last enjoyed a Fall Classic victory.

Harry Truman was President, Harry Caray was 31 years old, and World War II had been over for less than two months when the Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers 8-7 in 12 innings on Oct. 8, 1945, in Game 6 of the World Series. Two days later, Chicago lost Game 7.

Jake Arrieta ended the wait Wednesday by holding the Indians to two hits – none until one out in the sixth – and one run in 5 2/3 innings while Kyle Schwarber had two RBI singles for Chicago despite not playing after April 7 until this series began because of a knee injury.

Chicago’s dominating victory showed why the Cubs are considered heavy favorites to win their first World Series since 1908 after leading the major leagues with 103 regular-season wins, their most in 106 years.

The series now shifts to Chicago, long home to a fabled billy goat curse and Steve Bartman’s haunting try for a foul ball. Game 3 is Friday at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs went 57-24 in the regular season for their best home record in 101 seasons.

A home crowd of 38,137, peppered with vocal Chicago fans, saw Cleveland lose for only the second time in 10 games during its inspiring postseason quest to end a 68-year championship drought. Indians starter Trevor Bauer lasted only 3 2/3 innings, needing 87 pitches as the Cubs took a 2-0 lead into the fifth.

Chicago broke open the game that inning with three runs, the first on an RBI triple by Ben Zobrist, who has five hits in the first two games. Schwarber knocked him in with a single, and the Cubs tacked on the third run of the inning on a bases-loaded walk.

Arrieta was cruising by then. Cleveland’s first hit didn’t come until Jason Kipnis doubled with one out in the sixth inning. He eventually scored from third on a wild pitch to make it 5-1. Mike Napoli followed with a single, causing Arrieta to be removed.

Bauer lasted only two outs in his last start — Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Toronto — because his finger wouldn’t stop bleeding from a cut he had suffered while playing with drone. The Cubs bled Bauer in a different way.

Chicago worked counts, forcing Bauer to throw 29 pitches in the first inning and 51 through two. Anthony Rizzo’s RBI double put Chicago on the board in the first, and Schwarber knocked in a run in the third to make it 2-0.

From there, it was a slow slog of walks and pitching changes in a four-hour game befitting Chicago’s 71-year wait for a World Series win.

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