Cubs beat Dodgers 5-0 to reach 1st World Se­ries since 1945

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CHICAGO (AP) — An­thony Rizzo caught the ball for the fi­nal out and Wrigley Field erupted.

"I'm sleep­ing with this thing tonight," the Chicago Cubs first base­man told the pul­sat­ing crowd mo­ments later, kiss­ing the prized sou­venir. "Are you kid­ding me? We're go­ing to the World Se­ries."

Cubs ... World Se­ries? Yes, the Cub­bies!

Next up, Game 1 in Cleve­land.

With fans chant­ing, singing and wav­ing those Ws, shak­ing the cen­tury- old ball­park and jamming the streets of Wrigleyville, the Cubs cel­e­brated a mo­ment many of their faith­ful won­dered whether they would ever see.

Kyle Hen­dricks out­pitched Clay­ton Ker­shaw, Rizzo and Will­son Con­tr­eras home­red early and the Cubs took their first pen­nant since 1945, beat­ing the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 5-0 Satur­day night to win the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries in six games.

"Lis­ten to them. Out­side be­fore the game was crazy. In­side the game was crazy," Cubs pitcher Jon Lester said.

"Th­ese guys have done noth­ing but sup­port us from Day One. It's been un­be­liev­able to be here and be part of this. Words can't re­ally de­scribe where I'm at right now," he said.

Cursed by a Billy Goat, be­dev­iled by Bart­man and crushed by decades of dis­ap­point­ment, those "Lov­able Losers" now have a chance to win it all.

Try­ing to win their first crown since 1908, man­ager Joe Mad­don's team opens the World Se­ries against Cleve­land on Tuesday night.

The In­di­ans haven't won it all since 1948 — Cleve­land and Cubs have the two long­est ti­tle waits in the ma­jors.

"This city de­serves it so much," Rizzo said. "We got four more big ones to go, but we're go­ing to en­joy this. We're go­ing to the World Se­ries. I can't even be­lieve that."

All-ev­ery­thing Javier Baez and Lester shared the NLCS MVP. Baez hit .318, drove in five runs and made sev­eral sharp plays at sec­ond base. Lester, a for­mer World Se­ries cham­pion in Bos­ton, was 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers.

The drought ended when Aroldis Chap­man got Yasiel Puig to ground into a dou­ble play , set­ting off a wild cel­e­bra­tion. And if they bring home the elu­sive cham- pi­o­nship?

"I may make the ' W' a tat­too," said chair­man Tom Rick­etts , who once lived across the street and met his wife in the bleach­ers.

Deemed World Se­ries fa­vorites since open­ing day, the Cubs topped the ma­jors with 103 wins to win the NL Cen­tral, then beat the Gi­ants and Dodgers in the play­offs.

The Cubs over­came a 2-1 deficit against the Dodgers and won their 17th pen­nant. They had not earned a World Se­ries trip since win­ning a dou­ble­header opener 4-3 at Pitts­burgh on Sept. 29, 1945, to clinch the pen­nant on the next-to-last day of the sea­son.

The eter­nal "wait till next year" is over. No more dwelling on a his­tory of fail­ure — the fu­ture is now.

"We're too young. We don't care about it," star slug­ger Kris Bryant said. "We don't look into it. This is a new team, this is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent time of our lives. We're en­joy­ing it and our work's just getting started."

Hen­dricks pitched two-hit ball for 7 1/3 in­nings . Chap­man took over and closed with hit­less relief, then threw both arms in the air as he was mobbed by team­mates and coaches.

The Dodgers sent the min­i­mum 27 bat­ters to the plate and no one got past first base.

The Cubs shook off back- to- back shutout losses ear­lier in this se­ries by pound­ing the Dodgers for 23 runs to win the fi­nal three games.

And they were in no way over­whelmed by the mo­ment on Satur­day, putting aside pre­vi­ous frus­tra­tion.

In the 1945 Se­ries, the Billy Goat Curse sup­pos­edly be­gan when a tav­ern owner wasn't al­lowed to bring his goat to Wrigley. In 2003, the Cubs lost the fi­nal three games of the NLCS to Florida, punc­tu­ated with a Game 6 de­feat when fan Steve Bart­man de­flected a foul ball.

Even as re­cently as 2012, the Cubs lost 101 times.

This time, no such ill luck.

Bryant had an RBI sin­gle and scored in a tworun first . Dex­ter Fowler added two hits, drove in a run and scored one.

Con­tr­eras led off the fourth with a homer. Rizzo continued his resur­gence with a solo drive in the fifth.

That was plenty for Hen­dricks, the ma­jor league ERA leader.

Hen­dricks left to a stand­ing ova­tion after Josh Red­dick sin­gled with one out in the eighth. The only other hit Hen­dricks al­lowed was a sin­gle by An­drew Toles on the game's first pitch.

Ker­shaw, dom­i­nant in Game 2, gave up five runs and seven hits be­fore be­ing lifted for a pinch hit­ter in the sixth. He fell to 4-7 in the post­sea­son.

"This day is never fun, the end­ing of a sea­son," Ker­shaw said.

The Dodgers haven't been to the World Se­ries since win­ning in 1988.

Pitch­ing on five days' rest, Ker­shaw needed 30 pitches to get through the first. Fowler led off with a dou­ble against the three-time NL Cy Young Award win­ner, and Bryant's sin­gle had the crowd shak­ing the 102-year-old ball­park.

Fans had more to cheer when left fielder An­drew Toles dropped Rizzo's fly, putting run­ners on sec­ond and third, and Ben Zo­brist made it 2-0 a sac­ri­fice fly.

The Cubs added a run in the sec­ond when Ad­di­son Rus­sell dou­bled to deep left and scored on a two-out sin­gle by Fowler.

David J. Phillip/AP

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chap­man (54) and catcher Will­son Con­tr­eras (40) cel­e­brate after Game 6 of the Na­tional League base­ball cham­pi­onship se­ries against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, Satur­day, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won 5-0 to win...

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