Sep 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) drives in the winning run with a single against the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City won the game 2-1. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Playoff Race: Salvador Perez Plays the Hero Again

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The Kansas City Royals won for the 2nd straight night over Texas, defeating the Rangers on Salvador Perez‘s 8th inning RBI Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

That makes it the 2nd straight night that Salvador Perez ended up the hero for the night. Starter Jeremy Guthrie went 7.0 innings while allowing only 1 run, but only got a no-decision because he left the game tied 1-1 in the 7th.

Jason Frasor got the win for finishing off the 8th inning (4-1). Aaron Crow got the save (3) while allowing Royals manager Ned Yost to rest the Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland combination.

A.L. CENTRAL

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk Home Road 1Run vRHP vLHP ≥.500 <.500 last10 last30
1 KCR 76 61 .555 W 2 37-33 39-29 20-22 55-42 21-20 38-39 38-23 4-6 20-10
2 DET 76 62 .551 0.5 W 2 35-30 41-32 20-18 51-41 25-21 40-34 36-28 7-3 15-15
3 CLE 70 66 .515 5.5 L 2 39-27 32-39 21-18 50-44 21-22 34-40 37-26 7-3 18-12
4 CHW 63 75 .457 13.5 W 2 34-36 29-39 22-21 45-55 18-20 39-48 24-27 4-6 11-19
5 MIN 60 78 .435 16.5 L 1 29-38 31-40 17-21 41-52 19-26 38-53 22-25 2-8 12-18

The Tigers defeated the Indians 4-2 when Cody Allen blew a save by allowing a 3-run home run to J.D. Martinez in  the 9th inning that wiped out a 2-1 Cleveland lead.

Detroit also got a strong start from substitute rotation member Kyle Lobstein, who went 5.1 innings while allowing 2 earned runs and piling up 10 strikeouts.

The win allowed the Tigers to keep pace with the Kansas City Royals to remain .5 games behind in the A.L. Central. Cleveland falls to 5.5 back after pulling within 3.5 games following their series in Kansas City.

A.L. WILD CARD

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk Home Road ExInn 1Run ≥.500 <.500 last10 last20 last30
3  OAK 79 59 .573 L 1 44-24 35-35 11-7 19-19 41-39 38-20 3-7 7-13 13-17
4 KCR 76 61 .555 W 2 37-33 39-29 5-7 20-22 38-39 38-23 4-6 12-8 20-10
5  DET 76 62 .551 W 2 35-30 41-32 5-6 20-18 40-34 36-28 7-3 12-8 15-15
6  SEA 74 63 .540 1.5 W 1 36-36 38-27 3-6 15-23 41-28 33-35 5-5 12-8 19-11
7  NYY 70 66 .515 5.0 L 3 33-32 37-34 7-6 21-18 34-37 36-29 5-5 9-11 15-15
8  CLE 70 66 .515 5.0 L 2 39-27 32-39 11-6 21-18 34-40 37-26 7-3 13-7 18-12
9  TOR 70 67 .511 5.5 W 3 37-31 33-36 4-6 13-14 35-39 35-28 5-5 9-11 13-17
10  TBR 67 72 .482 9.5 L 1 31-39 36-33 7-8 20-18 39-50 28-22 4-6 9-11 14-16

The A’s continue to hold the top A.L. wild card despite their recent struggles. Oakland lost again, this time falling 6-5 to Seattle when starter Sonny Gray gave up 6 runs in 5.0 innings and their 9th inning rally against Seattle closer Fernando Rodney fell 1 run short.

Oakland is 3 games ahead of Kansas City in the wild card standings.

Detroit continues to hold the 2nd wild card, remaining 1.5 games ahead of the Tigers—and 2 behind Kansas City.

The Yankees continue to fade from contention with their 3rd straight loss after their 9-4 defeat by Boston. The Yankees are going to have to start a run soon if they are to send off Derek Jeter with one more playoff run.

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