Hernandez hits 3 HRs, Dodgers top Cubs to reach World Series

CHICAGO (AP) Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

Fueled by a home run trilogy from their emotional utilityman, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series.

Hernandez homered three times and drove in a record seven runs, Kershaw breezed through six crisp innings and Los Angeles ended the Chicago Cubs' title defense with an 11-1 rout in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday night.

''It feels good to hear World Series,'' Kershaw said. ''It's been a long time coming for this team.''

After years of playoff heartache, there was just no stopping these Dodgers after they led the majors with 104 wins during the regular season. With Kershaw firing away at the top of a deep pitching staff and co-NLCS MVPs Justin Turner and Chris Taylor leading a tough lineup, one of baseball's most storied franchises captured its first pennant since Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda managed Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser and Co. to Los Angeles' last championship in 1988.

''Every night it is a different guy,'' Turner said, ''and this is one of the most unbelievable teams I've ever been a part of.''

Kershaw will be on the mound again when the Dodgers host the New York Yankees or Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. The Yankees have a 3-2 lead heading into Game 6 of the ALCS at Houston on Friday night, so one more New York win would set up another chapter in an old October rivalry between the Yankees and Dodgers.

Los Angeles made the playoffs eight times in the previous 13 seasons and came up short of its 22nd pennant each time, often with Kershaw shouldering much of the blame. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner took the loss when his team was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 6 of last year's NLCS at Wrigley Field.

The ace left-hander was just OK during his first two starts in this year's postseason, but Los Angeles' offense picked him up each time. Backed by Hernandez's powerful show in Chicago, Kershaw turned in an efficient three-hit performance with five strikeouts and improved to 6-7 in the playoffs - matching Burt Hooton's club record for postseason wins.

''To get to be on the mound tonight and get to be going to the World Series on the same night, it's a special thing,'' Kershaw said. ''Who knows how many times I'm going to get to go to the World Series? I know more than anybody how hard it is to get there. So, I'm definitely not taking this one for granted.''

When Kenley Jansen retired Willson Contreras on a liner to shortstop for the final out, the party was on . The Dodgers poured out of the dugout and mobbed their dominant closer near the mound, and a small but vocal group of Los Angeles fans gathered behind the visitors' dugout and chanted ''Let's go Dodgers! Let's go Dodgers!''

On the field, manager Dave Roberts hugged Lasorda and told the iconic skipper the win was for him.

''I bleed Dodger blue just like you,'' Roberts said. ''Thank you, Tommy.''

Hernandez connected on the first two pitches he saw, belting a solo drive in the second for his first career playoff homer and then a grand slam in the third against Hector Rondon. Hernandez added a two-run shot in the ninth against Mike Montgomery.

The 26-year-old Hernandez became the fourth player with a three-homer game in a league championship series, joining Bob Robertson (1971 NLCS), George Brett (1978 ALCS) and Adam Kennedy (2002 ALCS). Hernandez's seven RBIs tied a postseason record shared by four other players who all did it in a Division Series.

Troy O'Leary was the previous player to have seven RBIs in a playoff game, for Boston at Cleveland in the 1999 ALDS.

It was a stunning display for a player with 28 career homers who remains concerned about his native Puerto Rico, which is recovering from a devastating hurricane. He delivered a historic performance in front of his father, Enrique Hernandez Sr., who was diagnosed with a blood cancer related to leukemia in December 2015, but got word last November that he was in remission.

''For me to be able to come here and do something like this is pretty special,'' said Hernandez, who also goes by Kik�. ''My body's here, but my mind's kind of back home. It's hard being away from home with what's going on.

''All I want to do right now is go to my dad and give him a big hug.''

Kris Bryant homered for Chicago, but the NL Central champions finished with just four hits in another tough night at the plate. Each of their eight runs in the NLCS came via the long ball, and they batted just .156 for the series with 53 strikeouts.

Long playoff runs in each of the last two years and a grueling five-game Division Series against Washington seemed to sap Chicago of some energy, and its pitching faltered against sweet-swinging Los Angeles. Jose Quintana was pulled in the third inning of the final game, and the Cubs never recovered.

''They executed their plan,'' Bryant said. ''They pitched great and the bullpen was lights out. That makes for a tough time scoring runs.''

Turner and Taylor helped put it away for Los Angeles, contributing to a 16-hit outburst while closing out a pair of impressive performances.

Turner singled home Taylor in the Dodgers' five-run third, giving him seven RBIs in the series and 24 throughout his postseason career. Taylor finished with two hits and scored two runs as the Dodgers, who have won five straight NL West titles, improved to 7-1 in this postseason.

Taylor's versatility helped Los Angeles cover for the loss of All-Star shortstop Corey Seager, who missed the series with a back injury, but is expected to return in the next round. Coming off a breakout season, the 27-year-old Taylor hit .316 with two homers and scored five times against the Cubs.

''I couldn't be happier to be a part of this and be with these guys,'' Taylor said. ''It's been an unbelievable year, and I'm just super excited.''

OUT WITH A BANG

Hernandez joined Kennedy (2002), Adrian Beltre (2011), Reggie Jackson (1977 vs. the Dodgers) and Babe Ruth (1928) as players to hit three home runs in a postseason series clincher.

LIGHTS OUT

Dodgers relievers have thrown 23 consecutive scoreless innings, a postseason record.

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  • W: C. Kershaw (2-0)L: J. Quintana (0-1)
  • HR: LAD - E. Hernandez 3 (3), CHC - K. Bryant (1)
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  • a-grounded out for Maeda in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Morrow in the 9th
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  • a-grounded out for Rondon in the 3rd
  • b-grounded out for Lackey in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Taylor (2), C. Bellinger (2), L. Forsythe
  • 3B - C. Culberson
  • HR - E. Hernandez 3 (3)
  • RBI - J. Turner (12), C. Bellinger (4), L. Forsythe 2 (3), E. Hernandez 7 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Forsythe 2 (2), E. Hernandez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - K. Bryant
  • RBI - K. Bryant (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw (W, 2-0)6.03111513.630.9825.5
K. Maeda1.00000200.000.004.0
B. Morrow1.01000301.080.483.5
K. Jansen1.00000000.000.383.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw (W, 2-0)6.0
K. Maeda1.0
B. Morrow1.0
K. Jansen1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (L, 0-1)2.06661115.401.20-11.5
H. Rondon1.02110216.001.671.0
J. Lackey2.03220209.821.912.0
B. Duensing2.00001201.690.946.0
M. Montgomery2.052202116.624.150.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 89-60, K. Maeda 10-8, B. Morrow 21-16, K. Jansen 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 8-5
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 22, K. Maeda 3, B. Morrow 4, K. Jansen 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lackey 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 50-36, H. Rondon 17-13, J. Lackey 35-26, B. Duensing 28-15, M. Montgomery 43-26
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 2-3, J. Lackey 3-1, B. Duensing 3-1, M. Montgomery 3-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 13, H. Rondon 5, J. Lackey 9, B. Duensing 7, M. Montgomery 11
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C. Bellinger 1B52310020.278.316.500.8166.0
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  • a-grounded out for Maeda in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Morrow in the 9th
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A. Rizzo 1B40000002.135.200.243.4430.0
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A. Russell SS30000001.176.222.324.5460.0
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I. Happ 2B10100000.143.250.143.3931.0
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  • a-grounded out for Rondon in the 3rd
  • b-grounded out for Lackey in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Taylor (2), C. Bellinger (2), L. Forsythe
  • 3B - C. Culberson
  • HR - E. Hernandez 3 (3)
  • RBI - J. Turner (12), C. Bellinger (4), L. Forsythe 2 (3), E. Hernandez 7 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Forsythe 2 (2), E. Hernandez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - K. Bryant
  • RBI - K. Bryant (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw (W, 2-0)6.03111513.630.9825.5
K. Maeda1.00000200.000.004.0
B. Morrow1.01000301.080.483.5
K. Jansen1.00000000.000.383.0
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PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw (W, 2-0)6.0
K. Maeda1.0
B. Morrow1.0
K. Jansen1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (L, 0-1)2.06661115.401.20-11.5
H. Rondon1.02110216.001.671.0
J. Lackey2.03220209.821.912.0
B. Duensing2.00001201.690.946.0
M. Montgomery2.052202116.624.150.0
Total9.0161111293---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (L, 0-1)2.0
H. Rondon1.0
J. Lackey2.0
B. Duensing2.0
M. Montgomery2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 89-60, K. Maeda 10-8, B. Morrow 21-16, K. Jansen 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 8-5
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 22, K. Maeda 3, B. Morrow 4, K. Jansen 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lackey 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 50-36, H. Rondon 17-13, J. Lackey 35-26, B. Duensing 28-15, M. Montgomery 43-26
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 2-3, J. Lackey 3-1, B. Duensing 3-1, M. Montgomery 3-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 13, H. Rondon 5, J. Lackey 9, B. Duensing 7, M. Montgomery 11
  • 9TH INNING
    Hernandez homered to center, Puig scored111
  • 4TH INNING
    Bryant homered to left center91
    Forsythe doubled to deep left, Bellinger and Puig scored90
  • 3RD INNING
    Hernandez homered to center, Turner, Bellinger and Puig scored70
    Turner singled to right center, Taylor scored30
  • 2ND INNING
    Hernandez homered to center20
  • 1ST INNING
    Bellinger doubled to deep right, Taylor scored, Bellinger to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig singled to center
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe flied out to deep right
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Hernandez homered to center, Puig scored
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Barnes singled to left center
    • C. Culberson: Culberson singled to center, Barnes to second
    • Joc Pederson hit for Brandon Morrow
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pederson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kenley Jansen pitching
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Bryant flied out to left
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Rizzo flied out to deep right
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Contreras lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ian Happ at second
    • Mike Montgomery pitching
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Culberson tripled to deep right center
    • Kyle Farmer hit for Kenta Maeda
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Ball, Farmer grounded out to third
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor grounded out to third
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Morrow pitching
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Zobrist struck out looking
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Happ singled to center
    • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • B. Duensing Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Puig grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Barnes struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kenta Maeda relieved Clayton Kershaw
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Russell flied out to center
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Brian Duensing pitching
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Taylor grounded out to third
    • J. Turner: Turner flied out to left
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Ball, Foul, Foul, Almora lined out to right
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bryant reached on fielder's choice to third, Schwarber out at second
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Rizzo lined out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Barnes grounded out to third
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • C. Kershaw: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kershaw grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
    • B. Zobrist: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Zobrist lined out to right
    • Tommy La Stella hit for John Lackey
    • T. La Stella: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, La Stella grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • John Lackey pitching
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Taylor singled to shallow center
    • J. Turner: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Bellinger singled to right, Taylor to second
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor to third, Bellinger to second on wild pitch, Foul, Puig reached on fielder's choice to third, Taylor out at home, Bellinger to third
    • L. Forsythe: Strike swinging, Forsythe doubled to deep left, Bellinger and Puig scored
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Forsythe to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Hernandez popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • K. Bryant: Bryant homered to left center
    • A. Rizzo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to second
    • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Contreras singled to right
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Russell grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Taylor doubled to shallow left
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Turner singled to right center, Taylor scored
    • C. Bellinger: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bellinger singled to right center, Turner to second
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Puig singled to right center, Turner to third, Bellinger to second
    • Hector Rondon relieved Jose Quintana
    • L. Forsythe: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Forsythe struck out on foul tip
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez homered to center, Turner, Bellinger and Puig scored
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Ball, Barnes lined out to right
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Culberson singled to center
    • C. Kershaw: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kershaw struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist struck out looking
    • Leonys Martin hit for Hector Rondon
    • L. Martin: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin grounded out to second
    • A. Almora: Almora lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez homered to center
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Barnes flied out to center
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Ball, Culberson popped out to second
    • C. Kershaw: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kershaw grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Contreras grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Russell: Russell flied out to deep right
    • J. Baez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Taylor walked
    • J. Turner: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Bellinger doubled to deep right, Taylor scored, Bellinger to third
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig popped out to first
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Forsythe grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Bryant grounded out to shortstop, Schwarber to second
    • A. Rizzo: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)