SEATTLE (AP) — Salvador Perez is grinding down the Seattle Mariners‘ postseason hopes, one substantial swing at a time.
Perez homered for the fourth straight recreation, lining a two-whisk shot off the tip of the fence for his 37th of the season to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Mariners 4-2 on Saturday.
Perez’s four-recreation home whisk dash is tied for the longest of his career, the rest coming in 2017. He has 16 homers since the All-Neatly-known particular person spoil, including seven on the Royals’ most recent 10-recreation day out.
“The reach I invent it’s miles I prepare myself each day to play and compete and preserve a be aware at to buy the recreation,” Perez stated.
Whit Merrifield moreover homered for Kansas City, which won its third straight over Seattle to destroy the Mariners’ postseason aspirations.
Merrifield hit the 11th leadoff home whisk of his career on the second pitch of the recreation from starter Tyler Anderson (6-9). Perez, who hit great slams in each of the predominant two games of the sequence, homered with two outs within the fifth, a power that barely eluded the jump of Dylan Moore at the wall in left topic.
Perez popped out within the third inning with the bases loaded however got the greater of Anderson two innings later.
“I’m a good deal surprised he didn’t hit one more great slam,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny stated. “I mean that’s honest the roughly player he is correct now. Or not it’s unbelievable.”
Cam Gallagher added a two-out RBI single within the ninth after Emmanuel Rivera doubled on a popup that fell within the outfield between Jarred Kelenic and Mitch Haniger.
Seattle picked an inopportune time for a three-recreation skid, particularly after a successful 6-2 boulevard day out that saved the Mariners in contention within the AL wild-card urge. They fell 5 1/2 games within the lend a hand of Boston for the final catch 22 situation.
“It’s been a rough sequence against the Royals. The games were very shut, very aggressive. They’ve gotten the substantial hits and we haven’t,” Seattle manager Scott Servais stated.
The Mariners’ first whisk got here on Cal Raleigh’s bases-loaded glide within the fifth inning, the fully whisk charged to starter Daniel Lynch. Lynch neglected out on getting the buy by lasting honest 4 2/3 innings, however the Royals’ bullpen turned into once solid.
Domingo Tapia, Joel Payamps (1-3) and Scott Barlow combined for 4 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and a whisk. Barlow bumped into trouble within the ninth on consecutive two-out doubles by Haniger and Luis Torrens, however got Kyle Seager to ground out to end his 10th set up.
Royals relievers possess allowed three earned runs in 16 2/3 innings within the predominant three games of the sequence.
Rather than the two homers, Anderson turned into once terrific. The lefty pitched into the eighth for the second time this season however turned into once pulled after Nicky Lopez led off the inning with a single. Anderson allowed eight hits and had six strikeouts.
Anderson has long gone 26 straight starts of as a minimal 5 innings pitched, 24 of them this season.
“A couple pitches that I obviously would favor lend a hand that likely weren’t that base of pitches, however they were too lawful at pitches to those guys correct now, who’re of course swinging the bat sizzling,” Anderson stated.
Seattle made a flurry of roster strikes earlier than Saturday’s recreation, including outfielder Jake Fraley going on the 10-day injured checklist with correct shoulder destroy. Fraley gave the influence to be damage crashing into the wall making an strive to preserve a dwelling whisk within the 12th inning of Friday’s loss.
Left-handed reliever Anthony Misiewicz moreover went on the 10-day injured checklist with a left forearm stress.
Seattle recalled RHP Wyatt Mills and chosen RHP Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A Tacoma. IF Shed Prolonged Jr. turned into once transferred to the 60-day injured checklist to obvious a 40-man roster catch 22 situation. RHP Keynan Middleton turned into once moreover outrighted to Tacoma after being designated for project earlier this week.
Royals: 1B Carlos Santana turned into once a late scratch attributable to hip soreness.
Mariners: Seager turned into once out of the starting lineup attributable to a sore lend a hand that developed throughout Friday’s loss however got here on as a pinch-hitter within the seventh inning and has looked in 128 of 130 games this season.
Royals: RHP Brady Singer (3-9, 5.07) will originate his first ever originate up against the Mariners. Singer took the loss in his remaining time out allowing four runs in 5 innings against Houston.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (5-5, 4.13) is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his remaining nine starts dating to July 9. Gonzales had a no decision in his remaining originate up against Oakland.
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