It’s official: Indians vs. Cubs in the 2016 World Series

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CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs fans are partying like it’s 1945.tribe-vs-chc-full

The Chicago Cubs are returning to the World Series for the first time in 71 years after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The Cubs last appeared in the World Series in 1945, losing to the Detroit Tigers The World Series opens Tuesday in Cleveland, where the Cubs will face off against the Indians.

Dexter Fowler sparked a pair of early rallies. He led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on Kris Bryant’s single, one inning after Fowler laced an RBI single.

Wilsson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo added solo homers to pad the Cubs’ lead.

Kyle Hendricks was superb over 7 1/3 innings, yielding just two hits and no walks while striking out six. Hendricks left to a standing ovation after surrendering Josh Reddick’s one-out single in the eighth.

The Cubs’ runs were charged to Clayton Kershaw, who threw seven scoreless innings in Game 2. Kershaw was reached for four earned runs and seven hits over five innings.

The Cubs are trying to punch their ticket to Cleveland, where the Indians will host the first two games of the World Series, beginning Tuesday.

You can watch our Indians battle to the championship right here on Fox 8! Here’s the schedule: