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Salvador Perez home run wins it for Kansas City Royals

Apr 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Josh Palacios (77) scores a run past Kansas City Royals catcher Cam Gallagher (36) during the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Salvador Perez hit a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the Royals defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in Game 2 of a doubleheader Saturday in Kansas City. The Blue Jays won the first game 5-1.

It was the Royals’ first walk-off win since 2019. Perez’s home run traveled 459 and landed in the fountains in left-center field.

Greg Holland (2-1) pitched a scoreless top of the seventh to pick up the win.

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The Royals were 3-10 after 13 games in 2020; in 2021 they’re 8-5 and in first place in the American League Central.

Joel Payamps (0-1) gave up Perez’s home run to take the loss.

The Blue Jays bullpen had not allowed an earned run in 10 1/3 innings in three games this series prior to the walk-off run.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 0-for-2 and saw his nine-game hitting streak end for Toronto. Bo Bichette was 0-for-3 and is 0-for-11 in the series.

Neither starter was involved in the decision. Toronto starter Tommy Milone gave up two runs in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four, all on his changeup. Ervin Santana, making his first start for the Royals since 2013, gave up one run in three innings.

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As they did in the first game, the Blue Jays scored first. With two outs in the second, Josh Palacios stroked a single, and he scored on a double by Alejandro Kirk.

The Royals answered with two in the third. Jarrod Dyson led off with a triple down the right-field line. He scored on Andrew Benintendi’s fielder’s choice on Rowdy Tellez’s wild throw home. Benintendi then scored on a double off the wall by Carlos Santana.

Toronto tied it in the fourth. Guerrero Jr. walked leading off the inning. He went to third on Tellez’ single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Neither team mounted much of an attack from that point until Perez came through.

–Field Level Media