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Tuesday's Top 5: Cubs win! Clayton Kershaw wins!

Tuesday's Top 5 discusses the Chicago Cubs clinching a playoff series at Wrigley Field for the first time and Clayton Kershaw's clutch performance.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs celebrate their division series win by jumping on the dugout. Hector Rondon sprays fans while Fernando Rodney gives his patented bow and arrow salute.


Cubs fans happy to turn tables on Cards

Winning a playoff series at home for the first time in team history was huge for the Cubs. Beating the rival Cardinals in the process was even sweeter.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

An hour and 20 minutes after the final out at Wrigley. And thousands of people are still in the seats. They don't want to leave. And no one is making them.

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The scene from section 132 after the final out. An epic Cubs moment.

Piscotty has high praise for the Cubs (0:23)

Let's take a selfie ...

... and why not? The Cubs took down the Cards and will head to their first NLCS since 2003. Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye pose for the picture.

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3hJayson Stark

Stark: Cubs finally win one in Wrigley Field

For the first time in the storied history of Wrigley Field the Cubs won a postseason series in front of their fans, the product of their long-term plans finally coming to fruition.


Bring on the bubbly

The Cubs are going to the NLCS after closing out the Cards in Game 4 at Wrigley Field. That calls for a champagne celebration. Cheers!

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Cubs simply overpower the Cardinals

The story of the NLDS was the Cubs' home-run hitting, particularly in the last two games of the series. We delve into the details and records.

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3hJesse Rogers

Cubs advance to NLCS behind epic power surge

The Chicago Cubs clinched a playoff series at Wrigley Field for the first time ever, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4 of the NLDS.

Cubs moving on to the NLCS (3:33)
Rizzo: City, organization deserves this (1:04)

Chicago free agents to watch for

For the Bears, we have some new names and old names you might want to take a second peek at this week in free agency. Yes, Jay Cutler is included. Free-agent finds for Week 6

Epstein explains the Cubs' turnaround (1:30)
Maddon: The feeling is indescribable (1:22)
Cubs having fun but not playing with house money (1:44)

Beating Cards good news for Cubs?

The last three teams to knock the Cardinals out of the playoffs each won the World Series: the Giants beat the Cardinals in the NLCS in 2012 and 2014, while the Red Sox beat the Cardinals in the 2013 World Series.


Cubs use long ball to eliminate Cardinals

Anthony Rizzo's 6th-inning blast put the Cubs ahead for good in the Game 4 win over the Cardinals, and Chicago finished with 10 homers in just four games in the series.


Cubs top Cardinals, advance to NLCS

The Cubs hit three homers, including Kyle Schwarber's 7th-inning blast, in the 6-4 win to eliminate the Cardinals and reach their first NLCS since 2003. It is the first time the Cubs have clinched a series at home. Box score

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

I'm going to do this. Caught up in the moment. Maybe Kris Bryant won't be the defensive third baseman that Mike Schmidt was, but like Schmidt he's a very athletic third baseman who can run. So, yes, I'm dropping a Mike Schmidt comp on Kris Bryant. There, I said it.


Cubs keep slugging homers

Kyle Schwarber cleared the right field scoreboard with his 7th-inning blast to give the Cubs a 6-4 lead. The Cubs are first team with 3-plus HRs in consecutive postseason games since the Tigers in 2011. Follow live