Perez, Merrifield homer, Royals edge White Sox 2-1

Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield hit performance homers, Daniel Lynch brought a shutout into the 6th inning in his return from the harmed list and the Kansas City Royals edged the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Monday night for their subsequent straight success.

Perez sent off a beast impact for the subsequent straight game and his third homer in four challenges in the wake of missing 31 games with a left thumb injury and medical procedure. The seven-time All Star catcher has eight RBIs in the range.

“This person simply keeps on astonishing us,” Royals supervisor Mike Matheny said. “Any injury, particularly one that causes a medical procedure, generally it’s not only the strength, it’s the timing. That is likely the most astounding thing after he’s ready to require off five weeks.

“For him to hop right in … That’s what simply very few individuals do.”

Merrifield’s crash into the left-field warm up area off Michael Kopech (4-7) in the 6th could have been his last with Kansas City. A double cross All Star in seven seasons with the Royals, the second baseman has been the subject of exchange tales heading into Tuesday’s deadline.Tim Anderson and Andrew Vaughn each had two hits off Lynch, yet the White Sox slipped back to .500 (51-51). Special hitter Gavin Sheets drove in a run with sac fly in the seventh.

Chicago, 23-29 at home, bombed in a bid to dominate three successive matches at Guaranteed Rate Field interestingly this season.

Lynch (4-7) permitted six hits, struck out seven and strolled none in 5 1/3 innings as he got back from a recovery task at Triple-An Omaha and began instead of Brad Keller. The 6-foot-6 remaining hander went on the harmed list on July 18 with a rankle on his pitching hand, the second opportunity in a month the injury sidelined him.

“It’s been some time since I’ve had the option to go out and simply have a typical game,” Lynch said. “So it was only loads of amusing to be back out there with these folks and get to toss to Salvy (Perez.)”

Scott Barlow triumphed when it’s all said and done the last six outs for his seventeenth save in 20 possibilities. He worked around a solitary in every one of the last two innings.

Kopech permitted two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out three and strolled one while tossing a vocation high 100 pitches.

“He gets us into the seventh inning,” Chicago director Tony La Russa said. “He did his part. The ball was coming out his hand great.

“The issue was we just got closed down. We didn’t set out an adequate number of open doors.”

The White Sox had 10 hits, yet nine were singles and Royals pitchers gave just a single walk.

Perez’s fourteenth homer, off Kopech’s 2-1 slider in the fourth, was estimated at 452 feet and put Kansas City ahead 1-0. The impact cruised over the multi-layered focus field hitter’s eye and bobbed high off the concourse asphalt before the scoreboard.

“That must be more than that, hey now,” kidded Perez about the distance of his drive, the 23rd of his profession against the White Sox.”No 450, that is an error,” Merrifield said. “That is pretty much as near 500 as you’re going to’ see. That was insane. He’s solid.”

It came a day after Perez sent off a three-run, 441-foot shot off Yankees All-Star nearer Clay Holmes in the 10th inning in New York to lift the Royals to a 8-6 win. It was the principal homer permitted for the current year by Holmes

Merrifield dove deep in the 6th to make it 2-0.

After Leury Garcia and Seby Zavala welcomed reliever Wyatt Mills with singles in the seventh, Sheets’ profound fly scored Garcia to slice it to 2-1.

Win big or bust

Perez has only three hits since returning, however all have been homers.


The White Sox filled a hole in their warm up area by obtaining LHP Jake Diekman from Boston for catcher Reese McGuire and a player to be named or cash.

Diekman is 5-1 with a 4.23 ERA in 44 appearances this season. The 6-foot-4, 35-year-old is especially hard on left-given players, holding them to a .188 batting normal this year.

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