Aug 05, 2022

Perez homers, Royals win Thursday

Posted Aug 05, 2022 9:13 AM

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a line drive, three-run homer run to break open a close game and finished with four RBI, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

Perez’s blast in the seventh inning appeared to hit the wall below a railing in left field. The play was reviewed and the original call stood. The call prompted Boston manager Alex Cora to argue with home plate umpire Bill Welke, who tossed Cora.

Bobby Witt Jr. broke a 3-all tie with an RBI single prior to Perez’s home run.

Former Royals star Eric Hosmer made his Boston debut, returning to Kauffman Stadium for the first time since the final game of the 2017 season. He finished 0 for 3 with a walk.

Taylor Clarke (3-1) earned the win, despite blowing the lead in the top of the seventh. Darwinzon Hernandez (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs in the seventh.

Kris Bubic recorded his fourth straight quality start in a no-decision. He allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. He walked the first batter he faced and no more. He struck out six. Nick Pivetta allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out five.