2021-09-21 06:56:18 GMT + 00: 00 – Salvador Perez set a major league record for homers in one season when the Kansas City Royals played a double-headed first game on Monday.
Perez’s formidable double bang in the fifth inning was his 46th homer of the season, putting him past Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for the record. Bench had 45 homers for the Cincinnati Reds in 1970.
Hunter Dozier joined Andrew Benintendi by buckling a two-time homer before adding an RBI single in the fourth inning when the Royals emphatically snapped an eleven game loss in the season streak against the Indians.
Royals 4, Indians 2 (game 2)
Hunter Dozier rounded off a productive day with a run visiting Kansas City and finishing off a one-two against Cleveland.
Dozier’s sacrificial fly in the first inning gave the Royals an early 2-0 lead.
Former Indian player Carlos Santana worked a base-filled walk in the first inning of the nightcap. Hanser Alberto had an RBI single and joined Nicky Lopez, recording two of each of the six hits for the Royals.
Yankees 4, Rangers 3
Gary Sanchez homered, Aaron Judge hit an RBI single in a triple third inning, and New York hit a visit to Texas.
The Yankees bounced back from a 22-4 score in two blowout losses to the Indians on Saturday and Sunday, and have only won 23 games for the eighth time since their 13-game streak ended. New York moved back half a game for the second American League wildcard against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Charlie Culberson went deep into the Rangers, who lost for the sixth time in their last eight games. Rookie AJ Alexy allowed four runs with four hits in 3 1/3 innings and spent six walks in his third career start.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 2
Jon Lester allowed two runs in six innings for his 200th career win as emerging St. Louis expanded its winning streak to nine games by defeating hosts Milwaukee.
The Cardinals retained a three-game lead for second wildcard place in the National League. Milwaukee or St. Louis at 10 1/2 in NL Central. Nolan Arenado hit a double homer and Yadier Molina had two RBIs singles for the Cardinals.
Lester (7-6) delivered a pair of solo homers and just one more single in the second inning. He turned down two and left none. Milwaukee’s Freddy Peralta (9-5) gave up three runs with seven hits in six innings.
Tiger 4, White Sox 3
Harold Castro secured the starting shot in the eighth inning and hosts Detroit slowed Chicago’s drive to the division title.
The White Sox’s Craig Kimbrel (4-5) put the first two thugs down in eighth before hitting Robbie Grossman with a pitch. Grossman stole second place and hit Castro’s single to the right.
Victor Reyes added an RBI single and scored a run for the Tigers, who prevailed despite being limited to four hits.
Rays 6, blue jay 4
Shane Baz pitched five innings and won his major league debut.
Baz (1-0) allowed two hits – both solo homers – and dropped five without giving a walk. Diaz and Kevin Kiermaier each went 3 for 4 for the Rays. Joey Wendle homered and met twice.
Teoscar Hernandez, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Marcus Semien hit home runs for the Blue Jays. Pinch hitter Breyvic Valera struck with loaded bases to end the game when Dietrich Enns withdrew the only batter he faced for his second save.
Orioles 2, Phillies 0
John Means hit 6 2/3 innings and Pedro Severino led the Baltimore offensive with two hits in a win over hosts Philadelphia.
Means (6-7) gave up four hits and one walk while cutting six. Cole Sulser took over, pulling back all four thugs he faced, and Tyler Wells earned his third save with a perfect ninth inning.
The Orioles had a three-game losing streak. The Phillies were limited to four hits, all singles, and they dropped their second in a row.
Reds 9, pirates 5
Joey Votto homered twice and Eugenio Suarez went deep for the starting gun as Cincinnati closed an early five-run deficit with nine unanswered runs to beat the Pittsburgh visit.
Votto’s career-higher fourth multi-homer game of the season gives him a team-leading 33 homer. Votto also single and went twice to hit the base in all five record appearances as the Reds won for the ninth time in 25 games.
Luis Cessa (5-2) scored three in 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings to claim victory. Yoshi Tsutsugo has sung a solo homer and an RBI single for the Pirates.
Marlins 8, Nationals 7 (10 innings)
Jazz Chisholm Jr., who opened the 10th inning on second base, stole third place and hit on a wild pitch that ended the game, leading hosts Miami over Washington.
Chisholm also had the first two-homer game of his career, ending with three runs and three RBIs.
Washington was led by rookie Keibert Ruiz, who went 3 for 5 with a career high of four RBIs.
Braves 11, Diamondbacks 4
Adam Duvall hit a mammoth homer and Austin Riley had three doubles and three RBIs when Atlanta beat Arizona in the opener of a four-game series in Phoenix.
Freddie Freeman had three hits and two RBIs, including a pair of run scoring hits in Atlanta’s fifth inning of seven runs. Eddie Rosario also played for the Braves, who increased their lead in the NL East to three games against Philadelphia.
Ketel Marte had three doubles and Jake McCarthy hit his first career homer for the Diamondbacks, who have lost six of their last seven games.
Astros 10, angel 0
Framber Valdez tossed seven scoreless innings, Martin Maldonado finished the game with a triple homer, and Houston reduced his magic number to bring the American League West to six by beating Los Angeles in Anaheim, California.
The Astros also got a grand slam in the ninth inning from Marwin Gonzalez and a homer from Jose Siri, who led the first. They had a total of 17 hits, including four by Carlos Correa and three by Yuli Gurriel.
Valdez (11-5) fanned out six, gave up six hits – all singles – and left three. Losing pitcher Jaime Barria went 5 1/3 innings and resulted in only two runs despite giving up 10 hits. He crossed out five without taking a step.
Mariners 4, A’s 2
Seattle inflicted a devastating loss on hosts Oakland and rode Tyler Anderson’s startling smooth throw to a win at the start of a four-game series.
Anderson (7-9) only resulted in one run on four hits in seven innings. He went one and struck seven.
Kyle Seager scored three hits, including a two-run double that crowned a third three-run when the Mariners moved from the A-Games in one game while both teams chase AL wildcard spots. The loss dropped Oakland two games from second wildcard position.
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