Perez’s late homer lifts the Royals against the Yankees, Alvarez and Riley hand out tickets

The Kansas City Royals avoided a series sweep on Sunday with an 8-6 comeback on the road against the New York Yankees, with a pair of late home runs turning the tide.

Both starting pitchers finished with lackluster numbers, but both were flawless early on, keeping the game scoreless through the first four innings. The fifth inning was a different story, with the sides combining for seven runs.

The Royals struck first when Nick Pratto hit a bases-loaded, two-run single before Maikel Garcia followed with an RBI double, and they capped a four-run frame with an RBI groundout by Whit Merrifield.

But the best team in baseball this season responded immediately, with Kyle Higashioka hitting a run on his single, before DJ LeMahieu homered it to right field.

Later in the seventh inning, with Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks on base, Anthony Rizzo gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead with the longest hit in the game to that point, a 418-foot home run over the wall. from right field. .

Kansas City’s Hunter Dozier topped that in the next inning with a 420-foot shot to left field, cutting the margin to 6-5 and setting up a thrilling finish.

Needing three outs to clinch the win, the Yankees brought in elite reliever Clay Holmes for the save, but it didn’t go as planned.

Holmes got the first out, but then gave Merrifield a five-pitch walk, before hitting Bobby Witt Jr with a pitch to put runners on first and second with Salvador Perez at the plate.

Perez had been throwing a hot bat lately with three home runs in his last seven games, and he added one more with a monstrous 441-foot nuke to center field, jumping ahead 8-6 in the final frame.

Rather than hand the ball over to a new closer, the Royals allowed Taylor Clarke to return for his second inning to finish the job.

Yankees superstar Aaron Judge went hitless but contributed two walks and a run.

The victory is only the second for the Royals in their last 12 meetings with the Yankees.

Austin Riley walks for the Braves

A quality pitching matchup erupted in the Atlanta Braves’ 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, with Austin Riley hitting the first run of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Braves star pitcher Max Fried allowed four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in his seven scoreless innings, while Arizona’s Merrill Kelly was slightly better, giving up three hits and two walks to go. with eight strikeouts in the same inning stretch.

The Braves had five hits in the game, and two of them came from Riley, who quickly established himself as a realistic NL MVP candidate.

Riley is fourth in the league in home runs (29) and second in total bases (239), behind only Aaron Judge.

Álvarez plays hero in Houston

Speaking of players having incredible seasons under the radar, Houston Astros star Yordan Alvarez continued what is arguably the best hitting season in the majors with the winner in his team’s 3-2 victory. against the Seattle Mariners.

He went 4-for-zero in regulation, but with the scores tied in the extra innings, he had a crucial hit to drive in the winning run.

Álvarez leads the league in on-base percentage (.417) and trails only Judge in slugging percentage (.670 compared to Judge’s .671).

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