Kansas City and the New York Mets have both moved within one win of berths in the World Series.
The Royals routed Toronto 14-2 to take a 3-1 series lead, with Ben Zobrist hitting a two-run homer off just the fourth pitch of the game from Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey, and the visitors controlled the game throughout.
New York second baseman David Murphy hit a homer for the fifth straight game as the Mets won 5-2 at the Chicago Cubs to go up 3-0 in the National League Championship series.
Yoenis Cespedes and David Wright each had three hits for the Mets. Cespedes scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning when he dashed in from third base on a two-out wild pitch by Trevor Cahill on a strikeout.
Murphy's five straight playoff games with homers tied the record streak set by Carlos Beltran with Houston in 2004.
New York's Jacob DeGrom pitched seven effective innings to improve to 3-0 in his first postseason.
Kansas City, looking to return to the World Series after losing to San Francisco last year, was quickly in control following Zobrist's shot.
Lorenzo Cain scored on a passed ball and Mike Moustakas had a sacrifice fly in an LCS-record four-run top of the first.
Alex Rios homered in the second, and Kansas led 5-2 in the seventh before breaking away.
After flashing power to build a 5-0 lead on the long ball, the Royals scored nine runs with three more sacrifice flies, a barrage of slashing hits and canny baserunning.
|The Mets have taken a 3-0 lead in the series [Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports]