Royals, Mets one win away from World Series

Royals rout Toronto 14-2 to take 3-1 lead while Mets edge out Cubs to move 3-0 ahead.

    Royals, Mets one win away from World Series
    Kansas City are looking to return to the World Series after losing to San Francisco last year [Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports]

    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]

    SOURCE: AP


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