CHICAGO — Game 3 of the 112th World Series, played Friday night at Wrigley Field, was as complicated and tight as a Gordian knot. Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians and Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs managed a classic National League game — replete with singular thrusts and double switches — and, somehow, a 1-0 score stood.

The Indians won to take a 2-1 lead in the series. To say the atmosphere was electric would not be correct. Yes, the energy at Wrigley Field was incredible — but it was released early in the game and, by the end, it was left in pressurized storage.

Cubs fans had flocked to Wrigleyville and jammed the streets in a half-mile radius of the ballpark. They looked upon the first Cubs Series game in 71 years as a deliverance of sorts. They were convinced the Red Sea had parted, that their beloved “Let’s play two” Cubbies were going to win their first Series since 1908, beginning with Game 3. They were stunned that the fanfare which marks the beginning of a coronation did not sound.

Francona muted the trumpets. Once again, he used his bullpen masterfully, bringing in killer Andrew Miller at the first sign of trouble. He took Miller out when he absolutely needed a hit. Journeyman Coco Crisp, a pinch hitter, delivered the hit, drove in Michael Martinez, a journeyman utility player who was with the Clippers earlier this year. Show of hands: Who out there had Crisp with the winning hit and Martinez with the winning run? If you did, go to Vegas, immediately.

On a night when the wind was howling straight out to center field, a 1-0 score stood. The 41,703 at Wrigley went stone-cold quiet.

The ancient stadium does not allow for a postseason media crush, especially in the too-friendly confines of the visitors’ clubhouse, so the Indians met the press in front of their dugout. It was like a high-school football postgame.

“We used up every one of our bench players and Terry’s lineup card was a mess,” pitching coach Mickey Callaway said. “There was stuff going on everywhere.”

Through Game 3, Francona had a 10-1 record, with Boston and Cleveland, in World Series games. Whatever happens next in this series, his genius has been cemented with this postseason run. He has 2 1/2 healthy starting pitchers and he is using them for quick, blunt force and then taking them out to save their arms for another day.

His early calls to Miller have been a revelation in how to handle a staff. His risky moves — in Game 3 he started Carlos Santana in left field, a position with which Santana has virtually no experience — have been rewarded.

“We didn’t show up to keep the game close,” Francona said, sounding one of his themes. “We’re trying to win. I said at the start of the postseason we might have to be a little bit creative. I just think this is our team. This is the closest thing we can get to our team, our lineup.”

Maddon, of course, is no slouch either. He has remained cool and confident throughout. Game 3, he wrote off to his batters chasing too many pitches. He is probably right. They so wanted to win for the scores of thousands who jammed Wrigleyville on Friday night.

Their first chance for atonement, and to guarantee the series will make it back to Cleveland, came in Game 4 on Saturday night. The atmosphere in around Wrigley was much more subdued. During batting practice, the organist perched high atop the stadium cranked out Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” on his huge, Lowry organ. And so the tone was set.