Los Angeles Dodgers players clebrate
The Los Angeles Dodgers players celebrate with Champagne. Courtesy LA Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the World Series after they won their first National League pennant since 1988.

The team Thursday evening defeated the Chicago Cubs, 11-1, at Wrigley Field to win the National League Championship Series four games to one.

Enrique Hernandez hit three home runs, including a third-inning grand slam, to lead the Dodgers 16-hit attack.

Chris Taylor and Justin Turner were selected as the co-MVPs of the series.

Clayton Kershaw limited the Cubs to three hits over six innings and struck out five for the victory. Chicago was held to one hit over the final three innings by three Dodger relievers.

The Dodgers will open the World Series Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, facing either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros. Game 6 of the American League Championship Series is set for Friday with the Yankees leading three games to two.

Hernandez drove in seven runs with a solo homer in the second and a two- run homer in the ninth in addition to the grand slam during the five-run third.

Cody Bellinger and Charlie Culberson also both had three hits for the Dodgers, who never trailed.

Bellinger doubled in Taylor, who walked, in the first.

Justin Turner singled in Taylor, who doubled leading off the third.

Logan Forsythe doubled in Bellinger, who singled, and Yasiel Puig, who reached first on a fielder’s choice, in the fourth.

Kris Bryant homered in the bottom of the fourth for Chicago’s lone run.

Cubs starter Jose Quintana was charged with the loss, allowing six runs and six hits in two innings. He was relieved by Hector Rondon after each of the first four Dodger batters reached base in the third. Rondon struck out Forsythe, the first batter he faced, then allowed Hernandez’s grand slam

— City News Service

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