If there is one thing that Salvador Perez does well offensively, it is hitting home runs. Tonight, he did that thing, giving the Royals a three-run boost on their way to a 6-3 victory.
The Royals scored in the first inning, as they are wont to do, getting two-out singles from Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer. Both came around to score on a Kendrys Morales double, which the Darkness caromed off of the left field wall. Though I'm not sure the term "Hanley Ramirez misplayed the bounce" is apropos, supposing that the actual phrase should be "Hanley Ramirez did that thing he does all the time," allowing Hosmer to score from first on the hit.
Yordano Ventura was not as efficient pitch-wise as you'd like, but aside from running deep counts, he put in his third straight sterling effort, pitching six innings and yielding one run on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts. His ERA over his last three starts is 1.42.
Alex Rios had one of his better games of the season, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Omar Infante snapped a 0-for-31 stretch with a sixth inning single. Mike Moustakas, who was hitting an unconventionally productive .235/.366/.500 since August 11th, went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored twice.
Ryan Madson gave up a home run. His ERA is still just 2.45.
Resistance was futile in the eighth, even though David Ortiz managed a walk and Hanley Ramirez doubled. Wade Davis shut down the inning.
Kelvin Herrera started the ninth, but allowed two base runners. So, enter Saveman. Greg Holland gave up a single to bring across a run. He then walked David Ortiz to load the bases with two outs, but he got out of it and saved the game.
Tomorrow, Edinson Volquez (11-7, 3.20 ERA) tries to secure a split for the Royals, and will face off against Eduardo Rodriguez (7-5, 4.48).