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

FILE - In this March 26, 2016, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber leaves the batter's box during the team's spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Mesa, Ariz. Schwarber could return for the Cubs if they make it to the World Series. The Cubs had ruled Schwarber out for the year after he tore two ligaments in his left knee during an outfield collision in April. But a couple of positive medical reports led the team to activate the catcher/outfielder from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday so it could check him out in the Arizona Fall League. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - In this March 26, 2016, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber leaves the batter's box during the team's spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Mesa, Ariz. Schwarber could return for the Cubs if they make it to the World Series. The Cubs had ruled Schwarber out for the year after he tore two ligaments in his left knee during an outfield collision in April. But a couple of positive medical reports led the team to activate the catcher/outfielder from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday so it could check him out in the Arizona Fall League. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

CHICAGO (AP) – Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series.

Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.

The drought ended when closer Aroldis Chapman got Yasiel Puig to ground into a double play, setting off a wild celebration at Wrigley Field.

Seeking their first title since 1908, the Cubs open the World Series at Cleveland on Tuesday night. The Indians haven’t won since 1948.