Nationals can't stop Cubs, see season end

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The Cubs will face the Dodgers in a rematch of the NL Championship Series presented by Camping World, which begins Saturday at Dodger Stadium. The two NL teams join the American League Championship Series finalists — the Astros and Yankees — in baseball’s postseason foursome.

• Gear up for the National League Championship Series

Gio Gonzalez started for Washington, which scored four runs in the second against Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks. But Scherzer took over in the fifth, and the Cubs didn’t flinch. The right-hander got two quick outs, but what followed was two singles, a double, an intentional walk, a strikeout and passed ball, an error on catcher’s interference and a hit batter. Phew.

The Cubs not only used Hendricks but also starter Jose Quintana in relief and asked closer Wade Davis to get the final seven outs. Addison Russell drove in four runs, hitting a pair of run-scoring doubles, to help the Cubs advance to the NLCS for the third consecutive season.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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