Perez’ 2 HRs power Royals
MINNEAPOLIS — Kansas City's Danny Duffy dominated with his arm and Salvador Perez homered twice to lead the Royals to an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
One night after getting dominated by James Shields, the Twins didn't have any better luck against Duffy. Recalled from Class Triple-A Omaha before the game to take the rotation spot of Wade Davis, and 14 months removed fromTommy John surgery, Duffy (2-0) allowed five hits — all singles — and struck out seven with no walks in 6 2/3 innings.
Luke Hochevar and Aaron Crow closed out the game for the Royals. It was Hochevar's first appearance since coming off the maternity list following the birth of his second daughter on Sunday.
Both homers by Perez were 400-foot bombs and came with a runner on base. His first soared into Target Field's upper deck in the fourth inning. The second came in the eighth and landed in the Royals' bullpen in center field.
Perez's first career two-homer game, plus a solo shot by Alex Gordon, helped the Royals to their fourth straight win. Minnesota, whose only score came on Justin Morneau's ninth-inning homer, has lost four in a row and six straight home games.
The first homer drew an apparent brush back pitch by Twins starter Andrew Albers (2-2) in Perez's next at-bat. Perez jawed at the right-hander, pointed at his own head, then lined a single through the box that caused Albers to duck.
Albers continued his slide back to reality with his second loss in as many decisions. Since allowing no runs over 17 1/3 innings in his first two career starts, Albers has given up 13 runs in 19 2/3 innings.
Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe had a horrendous night in the field, committing two errors -- one of them leading to an unearned run. He also short-armed another throw into the dirt that Morneau couldn't handle that was ruled an infield hit.
Gordon opened the scoring with a two-out solo homer to right in the third. The next inning, with Billy Butler on board courtesy of Plouffe's throwing error, Perez launched his first homer of the night to give the Royals a 3-0 lead.
Notes: By beating Washington on Sunday, Tampa Bay on Monday and Minnesota on Tuesday, the Royals defeated three different teams over three consecutive days for the third time in team history. It also happened in 1990 and 1995, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... The Royals' 14-4 record against Minnesota represents the team's most wins ever in one season over the Twins. ... Chris Colabello's swinging strikeout in the fifth inning was the 1,122nd whiff of the season for the Twins, the most in team history, surpassing the mark set in 1997. ... Albers has given up at least one home run in his last three starts.