Jun 7, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) connects for a single in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Salvador Perez's Three-Run Shot propels Royals to Win

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Salvador Perez mashed a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 6th inning to break a 3-3 tie and propel the Royals to an 8-4 victory over the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium Satiurday night.

Perez’s blow was the highlight of a 12-hit, 3-walk Kansas City attack that featured 2 home runs, 1 triple, and 3 doubles and plated 8 tuns. Who are these guys?

Perez’s shot made a winner of Aaron Crow, who relieved starter Danny Duffy in the 7th. Kansas City is now 30-32 on the year, and remain 5 games behind Detroit in the American League Central.

On the Mound

Danny Duffy held the Yankees scoreless for 5 innings until allowing 3 runs in the 6th inning. Overall, Duffy went 5.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 earned runs with 4 strikeouts. Duffy got a no decision.

Aaron Crow relieved Duffy to get the final out in the 6th, and pitched a clean 7th to earn his third win of the season (3-1).

Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless 8th, allowing 1 hit and notching 1 strikeout.

Mike Mariot mopped up in the 9th, allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run.

At the Plate

Salvador Perez had the big night at the plate for the Royals. Along with his home run (6), Perez also smacked a double and single. Overall, he went 3-4, with 3 RBI’s and 1 run scored.

Lorenzo Cain also had 3 hits, going 3-4 with a triple and two singles, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Eric Hosmer only went 1-5, but hit his second bomb of the year with a solo shot over the right field fence in the 8th. Let’s hope the homer can break Hosmer out of his May swoon.

Alex Gordon continued his solid play going 1-2 with a double, walk, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.

This and That

Alex Gordon made a nice running catch over his shoulder in left to retire Brett Gardner for the first out in the 6th inning. Gordon’s play likely saved a run before the Yankees bunched 3 hits and a walk to tie the game against Duffy at 3-3.

Billy Butler and Alex Gordon preceded Salvador Perez’s 3-run bomb in the 6th with a pair of walks. Perez made Yankee starter David Phelps pay the ultimate price (at least in baseball).

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Salvador Perez is the easy choice with his 3-run shot that manager Ned Yost credited with firing up the team.

The Yankees

Yangervis Solaris was the big bat for the Yankees, going 2-3 with a double, single, 1 walk, 2 RBi’s and 1 run scored

David Phelps had a rough evening, giving up 10 hits—5 of which were for extra bases—2 walks, and 7 earned runs. Phelps (1-4) lost his fourth game of the season.

Up Next

The Yankees and Royals continue their 4-game on Sunday. Kansas City will send ace James Shields (6-3, 3.68 ERA) to the mound against Hiroki Kurodo (4-3, 4.27 ERA) for the Yankees. Game time is 1:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Box

Yankees Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Brett Gardner LF 5 0 0 0 0 1 .277 .724
Derek Jeter SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 .258 .623
Jacoby Ellsbury CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 .288 .761
Mark Teixeira 1B 3 1 0 0 1 0 .240 .831
Carlos Beltran DH 4 1 1 1 0 1 .223 .682
Yangervis Solarte 3B 3 1 2 2 1 0 .294 .818
Alfonso Soriano RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 .229 .651
   Ichiro Suzuki PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 .313 .726
Brian Roberts 2B 3 0 1 1 1 0 .237 .658
J.R. Murphy C 3 0 0 0 0 1 .296 .692
   Brian McCann PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .230 .660
Team Totals 34 4 8 4 3 6 .235 .591

2B: C Beltran (11, off D Duffy); Y Solarte (13, off M Mariot).
TB: Y Solarte 3; C Beltran 2; J Ellsbury 2; D Jeter; B Roberts; I Suzuki.
RBI: Y Solarte 2 (28); B Roberts (13); C Beltran (16).
2-out RBI: Y Solarte 2; C Beltran.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 3 for 8.
Fielding
DP: 1. D Phelps-M Teixeira.
Baserunning
CS: B Roberts (3, 2nd base by D Duffy/S Perez).

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Nori Aoki RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 .258 .631
   Jarrod Dyson PR-CF 0 0 0 0 1 0 .275 .646
Omar Infante 2B 5 0 0 0 0 1 .228 .609
Eric Hosmer 1B 5 1 1 1 0 1 .259 .659
Billy Butler DH 3 2 1 0 1 0 .252 .623
Alex Gordon LF 2 2 1 1 1 1 .291 .826
Salvador Perez C 4 1 3 3 0 0 .270 .749
   Brett Hayes C 0 0 0 0 0 0 .086 .257
Lorenzo Cain CF-RF 4 2 3 1 0 1 .331 .807
Mike Moustakas 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .148 .515
Alcides Escobar SS 4 0 1 1 0 0 .276 .707
Team Totals 35 8 12 8 3 5 .343 1.067

2B: B Butler (12, off D Phelps); A Gordon (18, off D Phelps); S Perez (14, off D Phelps).
3B: L Cain (1, off D Phelps).
HR: S Perez (6, off D Phelps, 6th inn, 2 on, 0 outs to Deep LF); E Hosmer (2, off M Daley, 7th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep RF).
HBP: A Gordon (4, by M Daley).
TB: S Perez 7; L Cain 5; E Hosmer 4; A Gordon 2; B Butler 2; N Aoki; A Escobar; M Moustakas.
RBI: S Perez 3 (20); A Gordon (34); A Escobar (21); L Cain (23); E Hosmer (26); N Aoki (14).
2-out RBI: N Aoki.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 7 for 15.

Yankees Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
David Phelps, L (1-4) 5.2 10 7 7 2 4 1 4.88 93 58
Matt Daley 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 4.85 22 13
Jose Ramirez 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.70 26 14
Team Totals 8 12 8 8 3 5 2 9.00 141 85
Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Danny Duffy 5.2 5 3 3 3 4 0 3.26 100 60
Aaron Crow, W (3-1) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.70 14 9
Kelvin Herrera 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.45 17 13
Michael Mariot 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 6.64 19 10
Team Totals 9 8 4 4 3 6 0 4.00 150 92

Balks: None.
WP: D Duffy (3).
HBP: M Daley (1; A Gordon).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

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