KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez has gone from cold to hot in three games.
Perez homered and drove in four runs and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 10-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Perez’s two-run double off Sergio Santos in the Royals’ six-run eighth put the Royals ahead. Perez’s four RBIs matched his career high. The Royals had scored only four runs in the eighth inning in their first 24 games.
Perez, who has three consecutive multi-hit games, homered in the seventh with Alex Gordon aboard to trim Toronto’s lead to 5-4. He was mired in a 1-for-29 skid before breaking out with seven hits in the past three games.
“I see a couple of sliders and a couple of split-finger then they made a mistake on a fastball a little inside and up and I hit it pretty good,” Perez said.
The Royals sent 10 men to the plate in the eighth, which also included Omar Infante driving in two runs after collecting six RBIs on Sunday. Nori Aoki and Jarrod Dyson added RBI singles.
“That’s the motto in here, never give up and always play like we’re in it,” Dyson said.
“You just need to scratch one, scratch two and we gained momentum and just took off from there. It was all momentum. Salvador put us back in there. That was the game-changer right there. We kind of knew we were coming back after that.”
Aaron Crow (1-1), the third of four Royals pitchers, picked up the victory with a scoreless eighth inning and has not allowed an earned run while allowing only five hits in nine innings this season.
Brett Cecil (0-2) took the loss, retiring only two of the five batters he faced.
The Blue Jays’ bullpen gave up seven runs in two innings after starter Dustin McGowan left the game.
“We just got hit tonight,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of his relievers. “We had an off day yesterday so they were fresh. We didn’t help things out. We let guys take the extra base by missing the cutoff man. You’re not going to win that way. We’ve proved that we can play good defence.”
Jose Bautista homered for the Blue Jays off Royals left-hander Jason Vargas and has reached base in all 26 games.
Melky Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double and triple, and drove in two Toronto runs. He tops the majors with 41 hits.
Cabrera’s triple in the fifth scored Jose Reyes, who had doubled. Cabrera scored on Vargas’ wild pitch, putting the Blue Jays up 3-2.
McGowan, who has missed three seasons with injuries, pitched into the seventh inning, holding the Royals to three hits and three runs, two earned.
“I’m really encouraged,” McGowan said. “I went deep into the game. That’s all I’ve been wanting to do. Sometimes the results are overshadowed by the innings you’ve pitched. But good things happen when you get deep in games.”
The Royals took advantage of two walks and a wild pitch, plus a throwing error on catcher Dioner Navarro to score two runs in the second inning.
The Royals won a challenge review in the second, taking away a RBI infield single from Chris Getz.
The Royals have scored 19 runs in winning the past two games.
“It’s going to click; we know that,” Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said of the offence. “We’re confident in our group. We’ve been getting some timely hits. It’s a great thing about this offence. It could be a different guy every day that steps up and has a big night. Salvy obviously had that night tonight.”