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Associated Press, Published August 28 2013

Perez's two homers lead Royals past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Salvador Perez and Danny Duffy both enjoyed big nights on Wednesday. After the game, they just wanted to talk about each other.

Perez homered twice, got four hits and sent a message to Minnesota pitcher Andrew Albers after a high-and-inside fastball, leading the Kansas City Royals over the Twins 8-1.

“I can’t say enough about our guy behind the plate,” Duffy said. “Salvy really killed it.”

Duffy (2-0) pitched 6Xc shutout innings hours after being promoted from Triple-A. Minnesota lost its fourth in a row.

Perez hit a two-run homer in the fourth, a 415-foot drive into the upper deck in left field off Albers (2-2) that made it 3-0.

When Perez came up again in the sixth, Albers threw an up-and-in pitch that sent Perez tumbling to the ground.

The 23-year-old catcher, who missed a week with a concussion earlier this month, took his helmet off and pointed at his side, telling Albers to aim lower if he’s going to throw inside. Albers held both of his arms out and had a few words of his own for Perez.

Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt warned both benches. Perez then struck back by lining a single that whizzed over Albers’ head.

“He got me hyped when he answered with the line drive up the middle,” Duffy said. “I was very excited about that. Salvy’s a monster back there. I can’t really say anything else.”

Perez hit another two-run homer in the eighth, connecting off reliever Casey Fien in the eighth.

Albers said he meant no harm with the pitch that sent Perez diving.

“I’m not trying to go after his head. I’m not trying to hit him in that situation,” Albers said. “I am trying to go inside, and sometimes it gets away. Again, if I could throw 99 pitches exactly where I wanted to, I’m probably going to have a good night. But unfortunately that one did get away, and it didn’t look very good.

“That’s part of baseball. He dives in a little bit, and I don’t even think it was all that far inside,” he said.

Perez had his first career multihomer game. In 15 games against the Twins this season, Perez is hitting .410 with four doubles, three homers and nine RBIs.

The Twins struck out 10 times and set the club record for strikeouts in a season with 31 games to go. Minnesota batters have fanned 1,127 times, breaking the previous mark of 1,121 set in 1997.

Kansas City Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

AGordn lf 5 2 2 1 Dozier 2b 4 0 0 0

Bonifac 2b 5 1 1 0 WRmrz rf 4 0 1 0

Hosmer 1b 4 1 1 0 Mornea 1b 4 1 1 1

BButler dh 5 2 2 2 Wlngh lf 4 0 0 0

S.Perez c 5 2 4 4 Plouffe 3b 3 0 1 0

Maxwll rf 4 0 0 0 CHrmn c 4 0 1 0

Lough rf 0 0 0 0 Colaell dh 3 0 0 0

Carroll 3b 4 0 0 0 Thoms cf 3 0 0 0

AEscor ss 4 0 1 0 Flormn ss 3 0 2 0

Dyson cf 4 0 2 0

Totals 40 8 13 7 Totals 32 1 6 1

Kansas City 001 200 032— 8

Minnesota 000 000 001— 1

E—Plouffe 2 (11). DP—Kansas City 1, Minnesota 2. LOB—Kansas City 8, Minnesota 5. 2B—Hosmer (27), S.Perez (20), Dyson (8). HR—A.Gordon (15), S.Perez 2 (9), Morneau (16). SB—Dyson (26), Florimon 2 (12).

IP H R ER BB SO

Kansas City

Duffy W,2-0 6Xc 5 0 0 0 7

Hochevar H,4 1Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Crow 1 1 1 1 1 2

Minnesota

A.Albers L,2-2 7 6 3 2 0 2

Fien Zc 3 3 3 0 1

Duensing Xc 1 0 0 1 0

Swarzak 1 3 2 2 1 0

HBP—by Swarzak (Maxwell).

T—2:55. A—27,379 (39,021).