What's buzzing:

Perez leads Royals to 8-4 victory over Yankees

AP - Sports
Perez leads Royals to 8-4 victory over Yankees
.

View gallery

Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon (4) and Mike Moustakas (8) celebrate after Gordon scored on a single …

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Whenever a Royals pitcher has issued a walk lately, the runner has usually scored. So when Ned Yost's own guys worked a pair of walks against the Yankees on Saturday night in the sixth inning of a tied game, the often-dour manager had an optimistic thought.

''Let's turn it around this time,'' Yost said.

Salvador Perez did just that.

The big catcher belted a three-run homer into the bullpen in left field, and Eric Hosmer added a solo shot later in the game, sending Kansas City to an 8-4 victory over New York.

''I've said all along, I thought we have home-run power,'' said Yost, whose team has hit just 26 homers - by far the fewest in the majors. ''It'll manifest itself in time.''

Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Nori Aoki drove in a run apiece as the Royals bounced back from an offensively inept performance in a 4-2 series-opening loss Friday night.

Aaron Crow (3-1) retired one batter in the sixth in relief of starter Danny Duffy, and breezed through the seventh to earn the victory. Kelvin Herrera and Michael Mariot finished it off.

David Phelps (1-4) allowed seven runs on 10 hits and two walks in 5 2-3 innings.

''Frustrating is the PG-rated word for it,'' he said. ''I was pitching decent going into later parts of games, but it's tough to win ballgames when you give up four runs in the sixth and seventh inning. It's frustrating.''

Yangervis Solarte drove in a pair of runs for New York, and Carlos Beltran - who's been bothered by an ailing elbow and is still relegated to designated hitter duty - got an RBI with his first hit since coming off the disabled list Thursday.

''It's like starting over for me,'' Beltran said. ''One day, two days is not going to do it, any difference. Basically you have to play every day and with playing time that will come. I cannot tell you (when). I wish I could know.''

The Royals struck first when Billy Butler and Gordon led off the second inning with back-to-back doubles, and Cain and Escobar provided run-scoring singles for a 3-0 lead.

It took the Yankees until the sixth to answer.

Derek Jeter started the rally with a single and Mark Teixeira kept it going with a two-out walk. Beltran followed with an RBI double against his former team, and Solarte tied the game 3-all when his sinking liner to center field dropped just beyond Cain's outstretched glove.

Duffy, who appeared bothered by lengthy waits for television breaks between innings, was eventually removed after allowing three runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings.

The Royals made sure to pick him up.

Butler and Gordon worked walks to start the bottom half of the sixth, earning Phelps a visit from Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild. It didn't do any good. Two pitches later, Perez sent a no-doubt homer into the bullpen in left field to restore the Royals' three-run lead.

''We needed that,'' Perez said. ''It's not been easy, but it's coming.''

Cain tripled later in the inning, and Aoki's RBI single knocked Phelps from the game.

''We just scored three runs. That's the worst kind of team error right there,'' Phelps said. ''To go out and we have all the momentum right there and in nine pitches gave it right back.''

It was another poor outing by the Yankees right-hander, who moved from the bullpen into the rotation last month. Phelps has lost four straight decisions, allowing 16 runs in the last three.

Hosmer's homer leading off the seventh was his first since May 5, a span of 130 at-bats, and Brian Roberts tacked on a run off Mariot in the ninth inning that proved to be moot.

''You've got to keep battling back,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''We're still fighting.''

NOTES: The Yankees have not scored more than four runs in any of their last nine games. ... Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... Royals 2B Omar Infante went 0 for 5, extending his slump to 0 for 18. ... The Yankees chose RHP Mariano Rivera III, the son of longtime closer Mariano Rivera, in the 29th round of the first-year player draft. ... Yankees RHP Hiroki Kuroda and Royals RHP James Shields are scheduled to start Sunday.

View Comments (6)
  • Royals 1B Hosmer hoping to build off postseason success

    Royals 1B Hosmer hoping to build off postseason success

    Eric Hosmer hit a basketball, football and volleyball for a PlayStation commercial at Surprise Stadium, the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals. Hosmer said the basketball was the easiest to hit because ''it's so big.'' A baseball must … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago
  • Indians' Kluber rises quickly to become star AL pitcher

    Indians' Kluber rises quickly to become star AL pitcher

    Corey Kluber was suddenly on a roster of baseball immortality. ''Yeah, it kind of hit me then,'' the Indians' sublime right-hander said. ''I don't think a lot of people down there watch Indians games.'' Steady and stoic, almost robotic, Kluber … More »

    AP - Sports - 20 minutes ago
  • Now with Blue Jays, Johan Santana aims for another comeback

    Now with Blue Jays, Johan Santana aims for another comeback

    When Johan Santana walked into the Blue Jays' clubhouse for the first time early Saturday morning, a surprise was waiting inside his locker. Taped in the upper left hand corner, directly above his blue No. 57 jersey and cap, was a photograph of the … More »

    AP - Sports - 41 minutes ago
  • Hometown boys Molitor, Mauer trying to turn Twins around

    Hometown boys Molitor, Mauer trying to turn Twins around

    On a chilly winter afternoon in St. Paul, two St. Paul natives sat down for lunch at a St. Paul restaurant and did what St. Paul guys do - they talked about what it's going to take to fix the Minnesota Twins. Paul Molitor was the newly named Twins … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 5 minutes ago
  • RF Matt Kemp confident about new-look Padres being contender

    RF Matt Kemp confident about new-look Padres being contender

    Matt Kemp stood up from his locker, navy blue hoodie covering his head and began signing the nursery rhyme, ''Rain, Rain, Go Away.'' Aside from Saturday's gray skies and precipitation in the forecast all weekend, San Diego's new right fielder is … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 18 minutes ago