07/30 22:31 CDT Perez helps Royals struggle to 3-2 win over Twins
Perez helps Royals struggle to 3-2 win over Twins
AP Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) --- Salvador Perez triggered a go-ahead rally with a
double in the sixth inning and made several spectacular plays behind the plate,
helping the Kansas City Royals to a scrappy 3-2 victory over the Minnesota
Twins on Wednesday night.
Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas had RBI doubles during the Royals' charge, which
wiped away a 1-0 deficit. Jason Frasor earned his first win since arriving in
Kansas City by striking out Chris Colabello to leave the bases loaded in the
Scott Downs and Kelvin Herrera gave back a run in the seventh, but Herrera
struck out Brian Dozier and Josh Willingham with runners on second and third to
preserve a one-run lead.
Wade Davis worked a perfect eighth, and All-Star closer Greg Holland survived
two wild pitches that sent Eduardo Nunez to third base by striking out Sam Fuld
for his 28th save.
Phil Hughes (10-8) showed no lingering effects from a comebacker off his right
ankle that cut short his last outing. He allowed only three singles before the
sixth inning, when the Royals were able to finally string together a series of
hits that gave them the lead.
Omar Infante led off the sixth with a single and Perez added his double moments
later, finally matching Willingham's homer in the second inning. Gordon
followed with his RBI double to center, and Moustakas pulled another
run-scoring double just inside the first-base line for a 3-1 lead.
The Royals' bullpen and defense made each run seem huge.
Perez made the first of his memorable plays in the third inning, when he picked
Nunez off first base with a snap throw. Royals starter Danny Duffy picked Fuld
off first in the fourth, and Dozier was thrown out at the plate on a
base-running mistake later in the inning.
Perez's best play may have come in the seventh, when he leaped from the behind
the plate to grab a sacrifice bunt and throw the runner out at first. Herrera
followed with back-to-back strikeouts to leave the go-ahead run standing on
Duffy allowed one run, but he gave up four hits and a season-high six walks. He
still hasn't won since June 30, a stretch of five starts, though Wednesday
night was the first of those starts in which his team scored more than two runs.
Twins: Catcher Joe Mauer (strained right oblique) took batting practice in the
cage without any problems. Right-hander Mike Pelfrey began his throwing program
after surgery on June 10 to relieve numbness caused by a nerve in his throwing
Royals: First baseman Eric Hosmer was in the lineup for the second straight
night after missing time with a bruised right hand. He finished 0 for 4 with
Twins: Right-hander Kevin Correia (5-12) attempts to beat the Royals for the
first time in 10 career starts. He has a 0-5 record with a 4.91 ERA against
Royals: Right-hander Yordano Ventura (7-8) tries to improve his fortunes at
Kauffman Stadium, where he is 3-6 this year. His last home win came in relief
July 13 against Detroit.