KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in what seemed like a close game until then, finishing with four RBIs for the Kansas City Royals, who clinched Thursday 7-3 to the Boston Red Sox.
Perez’s shot in the seventh inning appeared to hit the ball off the wall below a railing in left field.
The play was reviewed and the original ruling stood. For this, the pilot of Boston, Alex Cora, argued with the umpire of the plate, Bill Welke, who expelled him.
Bobby Witt Jr. broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single before Perez’s homer.
Former Royals star Eric Hosmer made his Boston debut as he returned to Kauffman Stadium for the first time since the final game of the 2017 season. He went 0-for-3 and walked one.
Taylor Clarke (3-1) got the win despite blowing the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Venezuelan Darwinzon Hernández (0-1), who took the loss, allowed four runs in the seventh inning.
For the Royals, the Venezuelan Salvador Pérez 4-2, one scored, 4 produced.
For the Red Sox, Rafael Devers 3-1, two produced.