Perez hits 43rd Homer as Royals rally ahead of athletics, 10-7

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Salvador Perez is enjoying the kind of season the Kansas City Royals won’t soon forget.

The Oakland A’s are having the kind of September they might want to forget very soon.

Perez hit a three-run homerun in the sixth inning on Tuesday night, giving him 43 on the season and the Big League lead in RBIs, and the Kansas City relieving box bailed out starter Jackson Kowar. as the Royals rallied from a six- ran deficit for a 10-7 win that took athletics away from the playoff slide.

“I’m just trying to think of how the team needs me in this situation, not ‘OK Salvy the team needs a home run’ because that won’t work,” Perez said. . “It’s a lot of hard work. I love the competition. Play hard until the last out.”

Kyle Isbel hit his first career homer and Hunter Dozier went deep as well, but the star was the Royals’ good-humored and powerful catcher. Perez finished with four RBIs, most of it on his massive Yusmeiro Petit (8-2) home run over the relievers’ box in left field, bringing him closer to two home runs from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the lead. major leagues.

Perez needs five more to equal Jorge Soler’s one-season club record.

“This guy lives for these times,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “He just finds something in these places every time, to the point where you’re shocked it doesn’t happen.” It’s a special season. “

Ervin Santana, Joel Payamps, Jake Brentz (5-2), Domingo Tapia, Josh Staumont and Scott Barlow have yielded just one point in the last eight innings. Barlow walked the first two in the ninth before finishing for his 13th stop.

“It was a special night for our ‘pen,’ said Matheny.

Meanwhile, the A’s (77-66) have lost three straight and seven of their last 10.

“We’re still grinding things,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin, whose club started the day 2 1/2 games after the wild card AL second place. “We know where we are. We’ve had some tough games along the way over the past two weeks. It looked like we were about to get out of it and we got bitten. We have to win games. . “

The As struggled on the mound during their September faint, and Kowar did just about everything he could to give them a lead too big to breathe. His pitching line: five runs on three hits, four walks and a wild pitch while striking out three batters.

The A’s still managed to give the advantage.

Frankie Montas, who was 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA in his last four starts, quickly spat three runs on a series of hits in the third inning. Then in the fourth, Dozier took Oakland’s starter deep to bring the Royals down to 6-4.

“I wasn’t tracking my shots very well from the start of the game,” said Montas, “and these are the days when I have problems.”

The A’s have a comeback run in the fifth, but the royals kept coming. Isbel’s single against Petit started the rally, Whit Merrifield added his third hit, Nicky Lopez got on board with an RBI single and Perez emptied the sacks and gave Kansas City the lead with his three shot. dots in the cool night sky.

Isbel’s two-run homerun against Sergio Romo in the seventh provided the royals with all the cushion they needed.

SHAKE UP ROYAL

The Royals promoted GM Dayton Moore to president of baseball operations and elevated longtime assistant JJ ​​Picollo to his previous role on Tuesday. Moore has been managing director since 2006, the year Picollo arrived in Kansas City.

“We’re going to be more strategic in different areas at different times that need more attention,” Moore said, “and we’ve got the manpower to do it but, at the end of the day, it’s my responsibility to ‘having the right people in the right places. “

BEYOND K

Royals owner John Sherman announced Tuesday that the club are discussing future stadium options which could include a new downtown baseball stadium. The club’s lease on the 53-year-old Kauffman Stadium expires in 2031.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a deadline (for a decision),” said Sherman, who bought the Royals two years ago. “It would depend on how the process goes and what kind of feedback we get from the community.”

LIST MOVEMENTS

Athletics: RHP Domingo Acevedo’s contract was purchased from Triple-A Las Vegas and RHP Burch Smith was nominated for assignment. Acevedo pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday night.

Royals: Payamps has been reinstated from the injured list in place of RHP Scott Blewett, who was selected for Triple-A Omaha.

FOLLOWING

The A’s send former Royals LHP Sean Manaea (9-9, 3.79) to the mound Wednesday night against LHP Mike Minor (8-12, 5.05). Manaea is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two career appearances against Kansas City.

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