Salvador Perez, Royals beat Cardinals 12-8 in offensive explosion
Field Level Media
Aug 11, 2023
Salvador Perez went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs as the Kansas City Royals outlasted the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 12-8 on Friday night.
The Royals jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings, then had to stave off the Cardinals' attempted comeback.
Maikel Garcia singled twice and scored twice against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games, matching the Royals' rookie hitting-streak record. Garcia left the game in the third inning with left upper-body discomfort.
Kansas City has won seven straight home games, but just two of seven games overall on the heels of their season-best seven-game winning streak.
Willson Contreras went 3-for-3 with five RBIs for St. Louis, which has dropped 13 of 20 since its season-best six-game winning streak July 15-20.
Five of the first six Royals batters hit safely in the first inning, highlighted by Perez's two-run double, as Kansas City plated four.
In his first at-bat with the Royals, Nelson Velazquez clubbed his fourth home run leading off the second inning. Bobby Witt Jr.'s 21st homer, a three-run shot to left-center, completed an eight-run outburst against Wainwright (3-7) as the Royals rapped out nine hits in their first 11 at-bats.
Perez capped the five-run second frame with his 18th homer, a solo shot which barely cleared the right field bullpen gate for a 9-0 lead.
Wainwright allowed eight runs -- his most since June 17, 2017 -- on nine hits while recording three outs.
The Cardinals rallied for six runs against the Royals' bullpen after opener Dylan Coleman got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning.
In four relief innings, Angel Zerpa (1-1) allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and a walk. Three runs came on Contreras' bases-clearing double in the third and two more were on Tyler O'Neill's two-out homer to dead center in the fifth.
Lars Nootbaar's third hit, a double to right-center, scored Tommy Edman in the sixth, cutting the deficit to 9-6.
Perez added singles in the fifth and seventh, the latter scoring Michael Massey for a 10-6 lead. It was Perez's 12th game with at least four hits.
The Royals tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth before Contreras blasted a two-run homer 461 feet to left in the ninth, capping the scoring.
Dylan Coleman 22-8, Angel Zerpa 68-43, James McArthur 13-11, Nick Wittgren 25-15, Tucker Davidson 11-3, Carlos Hernandez 2-2, Jonathan Heasley 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls -
Dylan Coleman 1-1, Angel Zerpa 7-2, James McArthur 2-0, Nick Wittgren 1-1, Tucker Davidson 0-1, Carlos Hernandez 0-0, Jonathan Heasley 1-0
Batters Faced -
Dylan Coleman 6, Angel Zerpa 19, James McArthur 4, Nick Wittgren 5, Tucker Davidson 4, Carlos Hernandez 1, Jonathan Heasley 5
Inherited Runners-Scored -
Carlos Hernandez 2-0
Friday, August 11, 2023 8:10 PM ET Location: Kauffman Stadium Umpires:
Home - Larry Vanover, First - Chris Guccione, Second - Edwin Moscoso, Third - David Rackley Temperature: 93 °
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