Cubs beat Dodgers 7-1 to earn NL Central title

Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7,000-5,000 at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night to secure their first playoff berth in nearly 20 years.

The Cubs scored five runs in the first inning, including two in the top of the sixth inning, and then had four more runs scored in the bottom of the frame.

The Dodgers rallied in the eighth inning to win, 5-4.

The Dodgers were led by their ace pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, who went 6-4 with a 1.94 ERA in three starts, including four wins.

But the Cubs were led offensively by the bat of Kyle Schwarber, who had 13 hits, five RBIs, and two home runs.

Schwarber also had two RBIs and a run scored.

Kershaw’s ace Cubs beat their Los Angeles rival for the first time since they swept the Angels in a wild-card game in 2012.

The Cubs have won five straight games over the Dodgers and will play in the division series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

The series begins in Los Angeles.