Perez, Bonifacio go back-to-back; Royals beat Twins 6-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Salvador Perez put himself in the company of some Hall of Famers at his position.

Perez and Jorge Bonifacio hit back-to-back homers during a four-run sixth inning, Heath Fillmyer pitched into the eighth and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

The loss by the Twins, who occupy second place in the woeful AL Central, reduced the division-leading Cleveland Indians' magic number to two.

Perez's 420-foot drive to left field was his 25th homer. He became the first AL catcher with back-to-back seasons of at least 25 home runs since Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, who did it three straight years from 1999-2001. Another Hall of Famer, Mike Piazza, had eight consecutive seasons of 30 or more homers, ending in 2002.

Perez hit a career-high 27 homers last year.

''As a power hitter, he gets better every year,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''That was a huge hit there to give us the lead. Up to that point, we were really scuffling. We hadn't gotten a hit until that inning and Salvy came in and gave us a big boost.''

The Royals trailed 2-1 and were hitless until Hunter Dozier greeted Alan Busenitz, the Twins' third pitcher of the game, with a leadoff double to left field in the sixth. Perez and Bonifacio followed with home runs.

''(Busenitz) tried to go up and missed right in the middle,'' Perez said. ''I took a pretty good swing.''

Busenitz (4-1) faced three batters, all of whom scored, inflating his ERA to 7.71.

''It's very frustrating because I know what I'm capable of and I'm not doing it,'' Busenitz said. ''You've got to work on it and get better. You've got to learn from it and not make the same mistakes, you know?''

Fillmyer (3-1) worked 7 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and matching his career high with six strikeouts. In his previous start, the Twins bludgeoned him for six runs in 2 1/3 innings.

''I just wanted to get ahead, stay on the attack, not walk anybody, and try to let them get themselves out like I usually do,'' Fillmyer said.

Jake Cave hit a two-run homer, his 11th of the season, in the second against Fillmyer, who allowed only one hit and one walk during the next 5 1/3 innings.

Fillmyer left in the eighth with runners on the corners, both of whom eventually scored against relievers Brian Flynn and Brandon Maurer.

Jerry Vasto got the last out in the eighth in his fourth career appearance.

''Heath dominated tonight. He threw well,'' Vasto said. ''I definitely wanted to come in and get those outs for him.''

Wily Peralta worked a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 11 opportunities.

Eddie Rosario, who returned from missing four games after re-aggravating a quad injury, had an RBI single off Flynn, and Grossman delivered a sacrifice fly against Maurer to make it 5-4 before Vasto ended the threat.

The Twins went with a bullpen day, opening with Gabriel Moya, who worked two scoreless innings. Stephen Gonsalves pitched the next three, allowing no hits but walking four, and the last of those walks turned into a run in the fifth when Whit Merrifield scored on an error by shortstop Jorge Polanco.

Merrifield singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on Alex Gordon's fielder's choice for an eighth-inning insurance run.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF Brett Phillips (shoulder) remains available as a pinch runner, but hasn't been fully cleared.

Rays: C Mitch Garver (head) woke up with a headache after taking a foul ball off the facemask on Wednesday. Manager Paul Molitor said Garver has a history of concussions, but isn't showing any symptoms and was held out Thursday as a precaution. ... 3B Miguel Sano (lower left leg) has resumed running, taking ground balls and working in the batting cage. Molitor declined to put a timetable on a possible return.

UP NEXT

Royals RHP Jorge Lopez (2-4, 3.72 ERA), who took a perfect game into the ninth inning last Saturday at Minnesota, will face Twins RHP Jose Berrios (11-11, 3.83) in the second game of the four-game set.

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  • W: H. Fillmyer (3-1)L: A. Busenitz (4-1)S: W. Peralta (11)
  • HR: MIN - J. Cave (11), KC - S. Perez (25), J. Bonifacio (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Polanco SS41100001.276.328.402.7302.0
E. Rosario DH40110000.287.323.477.8002.0
J. Field PR-DH00000000.193.231.330.5610.0
L. Forsythe 2B40100010.235.311.299.6100.5
R. Grossman LF31110000.263.349.372.7214.0
J. Cave CF41221012.265.311.487.7987.5
E. Adrianza 3B40000001.247.301.371.6720.0
M. Kepler RF30000100.229.323.417.7401.0
T. Austin 1B30000021.227.289.490.779-1.0
a- J. Mauer PH10000010.273.344.374.718-0.5
C. Gimenez C31100021.154.227.256.4842.0
  • a-struck out for Austin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield CF32100201.302.367.435.8027.0
A. Mondesi SS50110012.282.308.456.7651.5
A. Gordon LF20010211.238.323.356.6793.5
H. Dozier 1B41100115.233.285.396.6813.5
S. Perez DH41221002.235.274.446.7209.0
J. Bonifacio RF31111112.232.314.369.6836.5
A. Escobar 3B40000004.215.267.294.5610.0
R. Herrera 2B41200010.224.281.295.5762.5
C. Gallagher C30000113.178.229.289.5180.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Grossman (23), C. Gimenez
    • HR - J. Cave (11)
    • SF - R. Grossman (5)
    • RBI - E. Rosario (76), R. Grossman (40), J. Cave 2 (35)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, J. Cave 2 (2), E. Adrianza
    BATTING
    • 2B - H. Dozier (16), S. Perez (21)
    • HR - S. Perez (25), J. Bonifacio (3)
    • RBI - A. Mondesi (26), A. Gordon (42), S. Perez 2 (70), J. Bonifacio (19)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Mondesi (10)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, A. Gordon, H. Dozier 4 (4), A. Escobar 2 (2), C. Gallagher 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (36)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Curtiss-Polanco; Polanco-Forsythe-Austin)
    • E - C. Gimenez (3), J. Polanco (12)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Moya2.00001104.701.245.5
    S. Gonsalves3.00104409.392.677.0
    A. Busenitz (L, 4-1) (BS, 2)0.03330027.712.06-11.0
    M. Magill0.22111004.011.45-4.0
    A. Vasquez0.10000104.502.000.5
    J. Curtiss1.02001008.312.540.0
    O. Drake1.01100005.731.502.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Moya2.0
    S. Gonsalves3.0
    A. Busenitz (L, 4-1) (BS, 2)0.0
    M. Magill0.2
    A. Vasquez0.1
    J. Curtiss1.0
    O. Drake1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Fillmyer (W, 3-1)7.15441614.761.4121.0
    B. Flynn0.02000004.041.64-2.0
    B. Maurer (H, 3)0.10000008.232.090.0
    J. Vasto (H, 1)0.100000010.131.500.0
    W. Peralta (S, 11)1.00000103.621.3910.5
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Fillmyer (W, 3-1)7.1
    B. Flynn0.0
    B. Maurer (H, 3)0.1
    J. Vasto (H, 1)0.1
    W. Peralta (S, 11)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Gonsalves (2), J. Curtiss (3)
    • HBP - A. Vasquez
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Moya 38-23, S. Gonsalves 69-41, A. Busenitz 16-11, M. Magill 21-10, A. Vasquez 10-6, J. Curtiss 18-9, O. Drake 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Moya 3-2, S. Gonsalves 2-4, M. Magill 1-1, O. Drake 2-1
    • Batters Faced - G. Moya 7, S. Gonsalves 14, A. Busenitz 3, M. Magill 5, A. Vasquez 2, J. Curtiss 5, O. Drake 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 96-66, B. Flynn 8-4, B. Maurer 5-2, J. Vasto 5-4, W. Peralta 9-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 6-10, J. Vasto 1-0, W. Peralta 1-1
    • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 28, B. Flynn 2, B. Maurer, J. Vasto, W. Peralta 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Polanco SS41100001.276.328.402.7302.0
    E. Rosario DH40110000.287.323.477.8002.0
    J. Field PR-DH00000000.193.231.330.5610.0
    L. Forsythe 2B40100010.235.311.299.6100.5
    R. Grossman LF31110000.263.349.372.7214.0
    J. Cave CF41221012.265.311.487.7987.5
    E. Adrianza 3B40000001.247.301.371.6720.0
    M. Kepler RF30000100.229.323.417.7401.0
    T. Austin 1B30000021.227.289.490.779-1.0
    a- J. Mauer PH10000010.273.344.374.718-0.5
    C. Gimenez C31100021.154.227.256.4842.0
    Total334741176-----
    • a-struck out for Austin in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield CF32100201.302.367.435.8027.0
    A. Mondesi SS50110012.282.308.456.7651.5
    A. Gordon LF20010211.238.323.356.6793.5
    H. Dozier 1B41100115.233.285.396.6813.5
    S. Perez DH41221002.235.274.446.7209.0
    J. Bonifacio RF31111112.232.314.369.6836.5
    A. Escobar 3B40000004.215.267.294.5610.0
    R. Herrera 2B41200010.224.281.295.5762.5
    C. Gallagher C30000113.178.229.289.5180.5
    Total3268527620-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grossman (23), C. Gimenez
      • HR - J. Cave (11)
      • SF - R. Grossman (5)
      • RBI - E. Rosario (76), R. Grossman (40), J. Cave 2 (35)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, J. Cave 2 (2), E. Adrianza
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Dozier (16), S. Perez (21)
      • HR - S. Perez (25), J. Bonifacio (3)
      • RBI - A. Mondesi (26), A. Gordon (42), S. Perez 2 (70), J. Bonifacio (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Mondesi (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, A. Gordon, H. Dozier 4 (4), A. Escobar 2 (2), C. Gallagher 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (36)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Curtiss-Polanco; Polanco-Forsythe-Austin)
      • E - C. Gimenez (3), J. Polanco (12)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Moya2.00001104.701.245.5
      S. Gonsalves3.00104409.392.677.0
      A. Busenitz (L, 4-1) (BS, 2)0.03330027.712.06-11.0
      M. Magill0.22111004.011.45-4.0
      A. Vasquez0.10000104.502.000.5
      J. Curtiss1.02001008.312.540.0
      O. Drake1.01100005.731.502.0
      Total8.0864762---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Moya2.0
      S. Gonsalves3.0
      A. Busenitz (L, 4-1) (BS, 2)0.0
      M. Magill0.2
      A. Vasquez0.1
      J. Curtiss1.0
      O. Drake1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Fillmyer (W, 3-1)7.15441614.761.4121.0
      B. Flynn0.02000004.041.64-2.0
      B. Maurer (H, 3)0.10000008.232.090.0
      J. Vasto (H, 1)0.100000010.131.500.0
      W. Peralta (S, 11)1.00000103.621.3910.5
      Total9.0744171---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Fillmyer (W, 3-1)7.1
      B. Flynn0.0
      B. Maurer (H, 3)0.1
      J. Vasto (H, 1)0.1
      W. Peralta (S, 11)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Gonsalves (2), J. Curtiss (3)
      • HBP - A. Vasquez
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Moya 38-23, S. Gonsalves 69-41, A. Busenitz 16-11, M. Magill 21-10, A. Vasquez 10-6, J. Curtiss 18-9, O. Drake 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Moya 3-2, S. Gonsalves 2-4, M. Magill 1-1, O. Drake 2-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Moya 7, S. Gonsalves 14, A. Busenitz 3, M. Magill 5, A. Vasquez 2, J. Curtiss 5, O. Drake 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 96-66, B. Flynn 8-4, B. Maurer 5-2, J. Vasto 5-4, W. Peralta 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 6-10, J. Vasto 1-0, W. Peralta 1-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 28, B. Flynn 2, B. Maurer, J. Vasto, W. Peralta 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Gordon reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Merrifield scored46
        Grossman hit sacrifice fly to center, Polanco scored45
        Rosario singled to left, Gimenez scored, Polanco to second35
      • 6TH INNING
        Mondesi singled to center, Herrera scored, Merrifield to second25
        Bonifacio homered to left24
        Perez homered to left center, Dozier scored23
      • 5TH INNING
        Mondesi safe at first on shortstop Polanco fielding error, Merrifield scored, Mondesi to third21
      • 2ND INNING
        Cave homered to center, Grossman scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Wily Peralta relieved Jerry Vasto
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Adrianza flied out to left
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler grounded out to first
        • Joe Mauer hit for Tyler Austin
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Austin lined out to left
        • C. Gimenez: Gimenez doubled to left center
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to right, Gimenez to third
        • Brian Flynn relieved Heath Fillmyer
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to left, Gimenez scored, Polanco to second
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Forsythe singled to left, Polanco to third, Rosario to second
        • Brandon Maurer relieved Brian Flynn
        • Johnny Field ran for Eddie Rosario
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman hit sacrifice fly to center, Polanco scored
        • Jerry Vasto relieved Brandon Maurer
        • J. Cave: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cave grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Oliver Drake relieved John Curtiss
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to right
        • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mondesi popped out to shortstop
        • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Merrifield stole second, Merrifield stole third, Ball, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Merrifield scored
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Dozier grounded out to second, Gordon out at second
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Adrianza flied out to center
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • John Curtiss relieved Andrew Vasquez
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez doubled to deep right center
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio walked
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar popped bunt out to pitcher, Perez out at second
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera singled to right center, Bonifacio to third
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Herrera to second on wild pitch, Foul, Gallagher flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario flied out to center
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe popped out to second
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Alan Busenitz relieved Stephen Gonsalves
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dozier doubled to deep left
        • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez homered to left center, Dozier scored
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bonifacio homered to left
        • Matt Magill relieved Alan Busenitz
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar flied out to center
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Herrera singled to center
        • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gallagher grounded out to first, Herrera to second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi singled to center, Herrera scored, Merrifield to second
        • Andrew Vasquez relieved Matt Magill
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch, Merrifield to third, Mondesi to second
        • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Dozier struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
        • T. Austin: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
        • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gimenez struck out looking
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Polanco flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gonsalves Pitching:
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi safe at first on shortstop Polanco fielding error, Merrifield scored, Mondesi to third
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Forsythe flied out to right
        • R. Grossman: Grossman flied out to center
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Cave singled to left center
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gonsalves Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked, Gordon to second
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Gordon to third, Dozier to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Perez popped out to second
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Bonifacio flied out to right
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar lined out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • C. Gimenez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gimenez struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Polanco lined out to left
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Rosario lined out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Stephen Gonsalves relieved Gabriel Moya
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Herrera grounded out to third
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallagher walked
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield lined out to right
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman doubled to deep right
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Cave homered to center, Grossman scored
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza grounded out to second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to second
        • T. Austin: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Moya Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar lined out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Moya Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi lined out to left
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gordon out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)