CLEVELAND - The Cubs called their shot again.
The week after showing no sense of panic after being shut out by the Los Angeles Dodgers in back-to-back NLCS games, the Cubs once again exuded a calm confidence after running into the brick wall of the Cleveland Indians pitching to start the World Series.
From Joe Maddon to Anthony Rizzo to David Ross, the Cubs felt they had some nice at-bats against the Indians' best pitchers - Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen - but just couldn't score and predicted runs would be coming.
They were right, getting men on base early and often to win their first World Series game since 1945, a 5-1 victory over the Indians in front of 38,172 fans at Progressive Field Wednesday night.
"It's huge. We know that we needed to win this game," Ben Zobrist said. "It seems like every time our team has had our backs against the wall a little bit, we've risen to the occasion. Hopefully we can keep doing that.
"We've done a good job not letting the moment get the best of us and just focusing on passing the baton and having quality pitches, quality at-bats, both sides of the ball. That's what you have to do, just stay in the moment and get that 'W' and we were able to get it tonight."
The Cubs continued the trend of winning when scoring first as Rizzo drove home Kris Bryant with an RBI double in the top of the first inning.
From there, the Cubs added a solo tally in the third on Kyle Schwarber's RBI single and then broke out for three in the fifth on a Zobrist triple, another Schwarber single and then an Addison Russell bases-loaded walk.
The Cubs could've had more, leaving 13 on base in the first seven innings against starter Trevor Bauer and the Indians bullpen. The Cubs didn't go down in order until the top of the eighth.
It was still all the offense Jake Arrieta needed as the reigning National League Cy Young winner took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Jason Kipnis doubled with one out.
Kipnis was the only Indians run of the game, scoring on a wild pitch two batters later.
Arrieta struck out six in 5.2 innings, surrendering only two hits, three walks and the solo tally.
The outing lowered Arrieta's 2016 postseason ERA to 3.78 and gave him his first victory this October.
Game 2 was moved up an hour because of impending rain and the move by Major League Baseball paid off as the Cubs and Indians didn't have to worry about any suspended game drama.
The two teams travel to Chicago for Games 3, 4 and 5 at Wrigley Field over the weekend.
Kyle Hendricks and Josh Tomlin will go in Game 3 Friday evening with the World Series now tied.
The Cubs understand what these three upcoming games mean for the fanbase and the entire city of Chicago.
"I can't imagine [what the fans are feeling]," Zobrist said. "They're probably just as excited - if not more excited - than we are to see that game played there. It's been a long time. They've been waiting patiently and they deserve to have these games played there.
"Hopefully we can get some Ws there for them. We know it's gonna be electric and a really fun atmosphere."