Royals rout Blue Jays 14-2, 1 win from World Series return
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 21, 2015 11:06 AM
Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain watches his two-RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
TORONTO (AP) — Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer off Kansas City knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's fourth pitch of the game and Alex Rios connected an inning later as the Royals routed the Toronto Blue Jays 14-2 Tuesday to move one win from a second straight World Series.
Kansas City moved ahead 3-1 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series and can win the pennant Wednesday, when Edinson Volquez starts against Toronto's Marco Estrada in a Game 1 rematch.
Lorenzo Cain scored on a passed ball and Mike Moustakas had a sacrifice fly in an LCS-record four-run top of the first.
Kansas led 5-2 in the seventh before breaking away.
Blue Jays infielder Cliff Pennington relieved in the ninth inning, becoming the first primarily position player to pitch in the postseason, STATS said.
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 heads-up baserunning.
The 36-year-old Chris Young bested Dickey, 40, in a bookish matchup of veteran starters — only the pairing of the Yankees' Randy Johnson and Detroit's Kenny Rogers in the 2006 ALDS tops the duo for combined age.
But just like his counterpart's effort in Game 4 of the Division Series against Texas, Young was lifted one out shy of qualifying for a victory when Ned Yost went to his bullpen with a runner on first with two outs in the fifth. Yost wasn't willing to take any chances against Josh Donaldson, who already had a ground-rule double that cut Toronto's deficit to 5-2.