Perez breaks Bench’s home run record; The Royals sweep the Indians | National sports


CLEVELAND (AP) – Salvador Perez hit his 46th homerun, breaking Johnny Bench’s record for the most by one catcher in a season to mark Game One, then the Kansas City Royals completed a double sweep by beating the Indians of Cleveland 4-2 Monday night.

Perez hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning of a 7-2 win, surpassing the 1970 Bench total for the highest total for a player who has spent at least 75% of his games. team as receiver.

Perez also tied for the major league lead in homeruns with Torontonian Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Perez leads the majors with 115 RBIs.

In Game 2, Perez netted a brace before hitting Anthony Gose, a former outfielder who returned to the majors after a five-year absence as a hard-throw reliever.

Gose pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing a run and a hit with a walk and a strikeout. Of its 39 pitches, seven reached 100 mph.

Gose, 31, last played in the majors in 2016 with Detroit. He spent a five-year game with the Tigers and in Toronto before becoming a pitcher.

Joël Payamps, Domingo Tapia, Jake Brentz. Josh Statamount and Scott Barlow combined four hits in Game 2. Tapia (3-0) struck out four catches in 1 2/3 of an inning and Barlow threw the ninth for his 14th save.

The Royals scored twice against Nick Wittgren (2-8) in the first when Carlos Santana shot a basics-laden walk and Hunter Dozier added a sacrifice fly.

Kansas City scored in the fourth against Gose on a brace from Hanser Alberto and an RBI Groundout from Sebastian Rivero.

Alberto added an RBI single in Bryan Shaw’s sixth.

Andrés Giménez and Bobby Bradley scored for Cleveland. The Indians were limited to four runs in the two seven-inning games after scoring 11 runs on Saturday and Sunday in wins over the New York Yankees.

Starting over behind the plate – Perez saw the designated hitter awhile and started Game 2 at DH – the durable All-Star drove a 1-2 pitch from Triston McKenzie into the left field bleachers, a workout that went through 429 feet.

Perez pointed at the sky after crossing the plate and was hugged by several teammates as he entered the dugout. He also scored a single in the first and made his presence known defensively when he threw Myles Straw out trying to steal the second.

Dozier and Andrew Benintendi also hit two-run homers for the Royals in Game 1. Dozier hit his 14th home run in the second and added a single RBI in the fourth. Benintendi hit his 16th home in the fourth.

Brady Singer (5-10), activated from the pre-game COVID-19 injury list, allowed two runs in seven innings.

McKenzie (5-7) allowed all three home runs and allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Current AL Player of the Week José Ramírez posted a two-run single for Cleveland in the fifth.


RHP Shane Bieber is expected to join the Cleveland rotation this week. Defending AL winner Cy Young has been out since June 13 with a strained shoulder. Bieber pitched 57 shots in 3 1/3 innings for Double-A Akron on Sunday.


Royals: RHP Brad Keller (stretched right) and RHP Wade Davis (shoulder inflammation) have been moved to the 60-day injured list.

Indians: OF Harold Ramirez injured his right shoulder when he hit the right field wall at Yankee Stadium on Sunday and did not play in the opener of the doubles program.


Royals: On Tuesday night, RHP starter Daniel Lynch (4-5. 5.34) was pulled out of his last start against Oakland in the third inning due to strain in his left calf. He allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits over two innings.

Indians: RHP Cal Quantrill (6-3, 2.89) kicks off Tuesday night. He did not allow an earned run in 6 2/3 innings in his last start against Minnesota.


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