Tuesday Sports In Brief

BASEBALL

TORONTO (AP) Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer on knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s fourth pitch of the game, Alex Rios connected an inning later and the Kansas City 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 AL 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.

CHICAGO (AP) – Daniel Murphy homered for a record-tying fifth straight game in the postseason, sending Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Tuesday night for a 3-0 lead in the National League Championship Series.

Yoenis Cespedes and David Wright each had three hits for the Mets. Cespedes scored the go-ahead run on a two-out wild pitch by Trevor Cahill on a strikeout of Michael Conforto in the sixth inning.

Murphy tied the homer streak mark set by Carlos Beltran in 2004.

DeGrom pitched seven effective innings to improve to 3-0 in his first postseason. Jeurys Familia closed for his fifth save of the playoffs.

The Mets can advance to the World Series for the first time in 15 years with one more victory over Chicago in Game 4 of the best-of-seven matchup Wednesday night. Rookie Steven Matz gets the start for the Mets while Jason Hammel goes for the Cubs.

Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler homered for the Cubs, who have scored just five runs in the series.

LAMAR ODOM

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lamar Odom left a Las Vegas hospital and is now in the Los Angeles area to continue his recovery a week after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, a family representative said Tuesday.

The former NBA star was transported by helicopter from Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas around 5 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from Alvina Alston, publicist for Odom’s aunt JaNean Mercer. She did not say where he was taken in Los Angeles.

The statement from the Mercer and Odom families thanked the hospital and Odom’s fans and said his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, his father and his two children from a previous relationship are with him.

”He continues to make miraculous progress, taking a few steps in Los Angeles,” the statement said.

Kardashian posted a separate statement to her website saying Odom made ”incredible strides” at the Las Vegas hospital and thanking the doctors and nurses ”for their kindness and diligent work.” The family has received strength from the outpouring of support from Odom’s fans, she said.

SKYDIVING

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sixty-one wingsuit skydivers have flown into the record books, creating a diamond-shaped formation while soaring over California before breaking apart and floating to the ground.

The group set the record for the largest such formation Saturday at Skydive Perris, 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Taya Weiss, the jump’s lead organizer, said Tuesday. It shattered the old record set by 42 flyers in June.

Weiss said the record was verified by a panel of judges from Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the international group that keeps track of skydiving and other aviation-related records.

One judge on the ground witnessed the jumpers leap from three separate aircraft at 13,500 feet, create the formation and then break apart at 5,500 feet. Two other judges reviewed photos of the jump later and confirmed Monday it was official.

WNBA

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The WNBA has maintained its standings among professional sports leagues as the leader in racial and gender hiring.

According to an annual report released Tuesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, the league received A-plus grades in race and gender hiring. It marks the 11th consecutive year the WNBA has received at least A grades in each category.

Reports are also issued on the NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and college sports.

Fourteen women and seven people of color had WNBA ownership positions in 2015, an increase of two women and one person of color from 2013. For the 2015 season, there were six women and three African-American general managers, compared to four and three, respectively, last year.