Perez homers, Royals hold off Twins 4-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Salvador Perez started his fifth straight All-Star Game, though it was more for his reputation than what he's done offensively this season.

That could be changing.

Perez homered, reliever Brian Flynn picked up the win with three scoreless innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Saturday night.

The Royals won back-to-back games for the first time since May 29-30.

Perez belted his 14th homer with Mike Moustakas aboard in the first. Perez hit a 2-2 pitch from Lance Lynn out to right, only his third opposite-field homer this season.

''That's a sign,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''His bats tonight were fantastic. He was taking pitches, seeing the ball really well, getting in good hitter's counts. That's when he is starting to come out of it. He gets just a little less anxious and starts seeing the ball better, like he did tonight.

''I turned to (hitting coach) Terry Bradshaw and Pedro (Grifol, catching coach) and said, `He's coming now. He's going to get hot.' "

Perez has 11 RBIs in his past seven games and is batting .303 in an eight-game hitting streak.

''I hit it good,'' Perez said. ''I'm closer to doing my best every day. It makes me feel better for the next day.''

Lynn (7-8) walked Alcides Escobar, Moustakas and Perez in the third to load the bases for Lucas Duda, who laced a run-producing single to left.

Joe Mauer led off the game with his 415th double, breaking a tie with Kirby Puckett to move into first place on the Twins' career list. He scored on Eddie Rosario's single.

''It means a lot to me, obviously, growing up in Minnesota,'' Mauer said. ''The guy I passed I idolized as a kid. I told the guys in here after Molly (Paul Molitor) gave me the ball, that it was pretty special to see the boys acknowledge that on the top step of the dugout. Hopefully there's a lot more to come.''

Lynn matched his career high with six walks and the Royals fouled off a plethora of pitches to hike his pitch count to 118 for five innings.

''It's a little bit annoying, especially when everybody knows what you're throwing and they can't put it in play,'' Lynn said. ''You're like, `Let's go.' When I did make a pitch, they got a couple of runs on balls out of the zone that weren't bad pitches.''

Jakob Junis, who was making his first start in 19 days after a stint on the disabled list with a bad back, held the Twins to one run and four hits while striking out six over four innings. He had lost his seven previous starts, one shy of the club record.

Flynn (2-1) replaced Junis and limited the Twins to one hit while striking out four.

Wily Peralta worked a spotless ninth for his third save in three chances.

ROSTER MOVES

Twins: DH-1B Logan Morrison (hip impingement) was activated from the disabled list after the game. The Twins optioned IF Willians Astudillo to Triple-A Rochester.

Royals: LHP Enny Romero was designated for assignment to make roster room for Junis. In four relief appearances with the Royals, Romero had a 20.25 ERA.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (surgery, right middle finger) had his velocity top out at 90 mph and was working in the upper 80s in his Friday rehab start with Triple-A Rochester. ''A lot of emphasis is made about velocity, probably too much so,'' Molitor said. ''The command was the highlight, the strike-throwing, getting the ball where he wanted.'' Santana will throw a bullpen session Sunday with Rochester and a decision will be made on whether to give him another minor league start or have him start Wednesday in Toronto.

Royals: RHP Blaine Boyer (right lower back strain) threw a 26-pitch simulated game Saturday. ''He had life on his pitches, a good cutter,'' Yost said. ''He's making progress.'' Boyer has not pitched since May 28. ''I felt free and loose,'' Boyer said. Boyer said he hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment soon. ''I need to get in a game and go,'' he said. ''I'm getting anxious.''

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi is 2-4 with a 4.75 ERA in six career starts against the Royals.

Royals: RHP Brad Keller, a Rule 5 pick from Arizona, will make his ninth start.

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  • W: B. Flynn (2-1)L: L. Lynn (7-8)S: W. Peralta (3)
  • HR: KC - S. Perez (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer 1B41300000.283.370.375.7455.0
E. Rosario LF41210012.312.352.532.8853.5
B. Dozier 2B40000024.225.310.414.724-1.0
E. Escobar 3B30110110.272.332.507.8402.5
J. Polanco SS40100012.262.338.377.7150.5
M. Kepler RF30000111.225.315.401.7160.5
R. Grossman DH30000101.256.336.370.7061.0
J. Cave CF40000042.296.337.531.868-2.0
B. Wilson C30000010.176.232.275.507-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B50110023.305.375.429.8031.0
    J. Bonifacio RF20000311.263.364.439.8022.5
    M. Moustakas 3B41100114.247.309.461.7702.5
    S. Perez C31121102.223.262.405.6678.0
    L. Duda 1B30110102.245.314.412.7263.0
    H. Dozier DH40000017.206.263.328.591-0.5
    A. Gordon LF31100110.239.317.339.6572.5
    R. Herrera CF30100111.242.270.326.5961.5
    A. Escobar SS21000101.202.251.277.5292.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mauer (14)
      • RBI - E. Rosario (62), E. Escobar (58)
      BATTING
      • HR - S. Perez (14)
      • SH - A. Escobar (3)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (31), S. Perez 2 (45), L. Duda (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez 2 (14), L. Duda (15)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Junis-Merrifield-Duda; Merrifield-Escobar-Duda)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (L, 7-8)5.03336615.231.661.0
      Z. Duke0.21000103.311.58-0.5
      R. Pressly1.11001003.521.411.0
      T. Rogers0.00112004.021.19-3.0
      T. Hildenberger1.01000003.261.132.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (L, 7-8)5.0
      Z. Duke0.2
      R. Pressly1.1
      T. Rogers0.0
      T. Hildenberger1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis4.04112605.031.308.0
      B. Flynn (W, 2-1)3.01001403.701.5616.0
      J. Adam (H, 2)0.12110004.761.32-3.0
      T. Hill (H, 6)0.20000005.791.500.0
      W. Peralta (S, 3)1.00000103.481.5510.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis4.0
      B. Flynn (W, 2-1)3.0
      J. Adam (H, 2)0.1
      T. Hill (H, 6)0.2
      W. Peralta (S, 3)1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - L. Lynn (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 118-66, Z. Duke 9-7, R. Pressly 15-9, T. Rogers 12-4, T. Hildenberger 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 6-3, R. Pressly 1-3, T. Hildenberger 2-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 24, Z. Duke 3, R. Pressly 6, T. Rogers 2, T. Hildenberger 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 77-53, B. Flynn 50-32, J. Adam 15-9, T. Hill 3-2, W. Peralta 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 5-0, B. Flynn 2-3, T. Hill 1-0, W. Peralta 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 17, B. Flynn 11, J. Adam 3, T. Hill, W. Peralta 3
      • Balks - J. Adam
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Mauer 1B41300000.283.370.375.7455.0
      E. Rosario LF41210012.312.352.532.8853.5
      B. Dozier 2B40000024.225.310.414.724-1.0
      E. Escobar 3B30110110.272.332.507.8402.5
      J. Polanco SS40100012.262.338.377.7150.5
      M. Kepler RF30000111.225.315.401.7160.5
      R. Grossman DH30000101.256.336.370.7061.0
      J. Cave CF40000042.296.337.531.868-2.0
      B. Wilson C30000010.176.232.275.507-0.5
      Total32272031112-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B50110023.305.375.429.8031.0
        J. Bonifacio RF20000311.263.364.439.8022.5
        M. Moustakas 3B41100114.247.309.461.7702.5
        S. Perez C31121102.223.262.405.6678.0
        L. Duda 1B30110102.245.314.412.7263.0
        H. Dozier DH40000017.206.263.328.591-0.5
        A. Gordon LF31100110.239.317.339.6572.5
        R. Herrera CF30100111.242.270.326.5961.5
        A. Escobar SS21000101.202.251.277.5292.0
        Total2946419721-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Mauer (14)
          • RBI - E. Rosario (62), E. Escobar (58)
          BATTING
          • HR - S. Perez (14)
          • SH - A. Escobar (3)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (31), S. Perez 2 (45), L. Duda (30)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez 2 (14), L. Duda (15)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Junis-Merrifield-Duda; Merrifield-Escobar-Duda)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Lynn (L, 7-8)5.03336615.231.661.0
          Z. Duke0.21000103.311.58-0.5
          R. Pressly1.11001003.521.411.0
          T. Rogers0.00112004.021.19-3.0
          T. Hildenberger1.01000003.261.132.0
          Total8.0644971---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Lynn (L, 7-8)5.0
          Z. Duke0.2
          R. Pressly1.1
          T. Rogers0.0
          T. Hildenberger1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis4.04112605.031.308.0
          B. Flynn (W, 2-1)3.01001403.701.5616.0
          J. Adam (H, 2)0.12110004.761.32-3.0
          T. Hill (H, 6)0.20000005.791.500.0
          W. Peralta (S, 3)1.00000103.481.5510.5
          Total9.07223110---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis4.0
          B. Flynn (W, 2-1)3.0
          J. Adam (H, 2)0.1
          T. Hill (H, 6)0.2
          W. Peralta (S, 3)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - L. Lynn (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 118-66, Z. Duke 9-7, R. Pressly 15-9, T. Rogers 12-4, T. Hildenberger 9-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 6-3, R. Pressly 1-3, T. Hildenberger 2-1
          • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 24, Z. Duke 3, R. Pressly 6, T. Rogers 2, T. Hildenberger 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 77-53, B. Flynn 50-32, J. Adam 15-9, T. Hill 3-2, W. Peralta 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 5-0, B. Flynn 2-3, T. Hill 1-0, W. Peralta 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 17, B. Flynn 11, J. Adam 3, T. Hill, W. Peralta 3
          • Balks - J. Adam
          • 8TH INNING
            Merrifield singled to left center, Gordon scored, Herrera to third24
            Escobar singled to right center, Rosario scored23
          • 3RD INNING
            Duda singled to left, Escobar scored, Moustakas to third, Perez to second13
          • 1ST INNING
            Perez homered to right, Moustakas scored12
            Rosario singled to right center, Mauer scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Wily Peralta relieved Tim Hill
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman grounded out to third
            • J. Cave: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jason Adam relieved Brian Flynn
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rosario singled to right
            • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Rosario to second on balk, Ball, Ball, Dozier popped out to shortstop
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar singled to right center, Rosario scored
            • Tim Hill relieved Jason Adam
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Polanco grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Escobar out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Ryan Pressly
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Herrera walked, Gordon to second
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Taylor Rogers
            • A. Escobar: Escobar hit sacrifice bunt to third, Gordon to third, Herrera to second
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield singled to left center, Gordon scored, Herrera to third
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Bonifacio reached on fielder's choice to third, Herrera out at home, Merrifield to second
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Wilson struck out looking
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Pressly Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bonifacio walked
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas singled to right, Bonifacio to second
            • S. Perez: Perez flied out to right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Duda flied out to left
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Escobar flied out to right
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco flied out to center
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman lined out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Zach Duke relieved Lance Lynn
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera singled to center
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Escobar lined out to left
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Zach Duke
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield lined out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Brian Flynn relieved Jake Junis
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wilson grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mauer singled to center
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moustakas struck out looking
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop, Bonifacio to second
            • L. Duda: Duda intentionally walked
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Dozier lined out to pitcher
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco singled to left
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grossman walked, Polanco to second
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon singled to right center
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third, Gordon to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wilson grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mauer singled to left center
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to second, Mauer out at second
            • B. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar walked
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Merrifield popped out to first
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked, Escobar to second
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked, Escobar to third, Moustakas to second
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duda singled to left, Escobar scored, Moustakas to third, Perez to second
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to first
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman grounded out to second
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon flied out to left
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Mauer doubled to left center
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to right center, Mauer scored
            • B. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Dozier grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Rosario out at second
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar walked
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio walked
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bonifacio out at second
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez homered to right, Moustakas scored
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Duda grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)