Perez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 7-2 win over Cleveland during the first game of Monday's doubleheader. The veteran catcher took Triston McKenzie deep in the fifth inning, wrapping up the scoring for the Royals in the matinee. Perez is now tied with Vladimir Guerrero for the major-league lead in homers at 46 -- a total that sets a new MLB record for most home runs in a season by a catcher, breaking the mark set by Johnny Bench in 1970.
Perez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's 7-2 loss to Oakland. Perez served as the DH for Thursday's matinee and supplied the only runs on the day for the Royals, taking Oakland starter Paul Blackburn deep in the first inning. It was the 45th homer of the season for Perez, moving him into a tie with Vladimir Guerrero for the major-league lead. Perez has gone yard in three consecutive games, going 6-for-13 at the plate during that stretch. He's hitting .300/.348/.650 with seven homers and 18 RBI since the start of September.
Perez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run Wednesday in the Royals' 12-10 loss to the Athletics. Perez's second home run in as many days gives him 44 on the season, leaving him one of shy of Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero for the MLB lead. In light of Perez's production relative to other catchers, there's an argument to be made that he's been the most valuable fantasy contributor in 2021. Among all catcher-eligible players, Perez has 14 more home runs, 39 more RBI and 14 more runs than second place in those respective categories.
Perez went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run, an additional RBI and an additional run scored in Tuesday's win over the Athletics. Perez had gone four games without a homer -- a relative oddity considering his power surge over the last few weeks -- but he blasted his 43rd long ball of the campaign in the bottom of the sixth, putting the Royals up by one run and giving the team a lead they'd never relinquish. The star catcher has hit .269 with five homers and 15 RBI through 52 at-bats this month.
Perez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's 9-8 loss to the Orioles. The 31-year-old continued a power surge that has seen him slug four homers in the last five games and 10 in his last 16. Perez's 42 homers and 104 RBI on the year have shattered his prior career highs, and the latter mark leads the majors while being just one long ball behind Shohei Ohtani for the HR crown. It's been half a century since a catcher led the league in home runs (Johnny Bench in 1972) and three decades since one led MLB in RBI (Darren Daulton in 1992), but Perez has a legitimate chance to make history in both categories.
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