Perez homers, lifts Roy­als to 5-1 win over tigers

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Salvador Perez home­red and drove in three runs as t he Kansas City Roy­als beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 in Ma­jor League Base­ball on Tues­day.

The game was over­shad­owed by the an­nounce­ment that Dave Dom­browski was be­ing re­placed as Detroit’s gen­eral man­ager by his top as­sis­tant, Al Avila. In 14 years with the Tigers, Dom­browski took one of the worst clubs in the game and took it to six post­sea­son ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing World Se­ries losses in 2006 and 2012.

Detroit came into the sea­son look­ing for a fifth straight Amer­i­can League Cen­tral di­vi­sion ti­tle, but now trail the Roy­als by 12 1/2 games.

Justin Ver­lan­der ( 1- 4) strug­gled in his ninth start of the sea­son, al­low­ing five runs on 10 hits in seven in­nings.

In other games, Brian McCann and Chris Young hit three-run homers dur­ing a nine-run burst in the sev­enth in­ning as the New York Yan­kees beat Bos­ton 13-3, An­thony DeS­clafani struck out a ca­reer-high nine bat­ters as Cincinnati topped league- lead­ing St. Louis 3-2, and the Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburgh 5-0 for their sixth straight win.

The Yan­kees were down 2-1 and held to three sin­gles go­ing into the sixth when they sud­denly came alive. The AL East lead­ers wound up scor­ing in dou­ble fig­ures for the fourth time in seven games — they’d gone more than a month with­out do­ing it un­til a 21-5 rout at Texas last week.

Mark Teix­eira hit a pair of RBI sin­gles and McCann, Alex Ro­driguez, Car­los Bel­tran and Chase Headley added late dou­bles as the Yan­kees won for the 11th time in 15 games.

In Cincinnati, DeS­clafani gave up seven hits and two runs in six in­nings in his sec­ond straight im­pres­sive start over the Car­di­nals.

Last Wed­nes­day in St. Louis, DeS­clafani ( 7- 7) gave up only three hits in seven in­nings of a 1-0 win.

Aroldis Chap­man fanned two in the ninth -- his fast­ball top­ping out at 101 mph -- for his 23rd save in 24 chances. The left­hander has con­verted 56 con­sec­u­tive save op­por­tu­ni­ties at Great Amer­i­can Ball Park since his last fail­ure in Septem­ber 2012.

Chicago matched its long­est win­ning streak of the sea­son and moved 11 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2008 sea­son.

Jake Ar­ri­eta pitched seven strong in­nings and An­thony Rizzo tied a ca­reer high with four hits for the Cubs.

Ar­ri­eta ( 12- 6) al­lowed two sin­gles — An­drew McCutchen in the fourth and Star­ling Marte in the sev­enth -- while strik­ing out five and walk­ing three. In his last nine starts, Ar­ri­eta is 6- 1 with a 1.38 ERA.

Else­where, Cleve­land rookie Gio­vanny Ur­shela hit a tworun homer in the 12th in­ning af­ter team­mate Car­los Car­rasco pitched one-hit ball through the first nine as the In­di­ans beat the Los An­ge­les An­gels 2-1.

Eric Camp­bell’s tiebreak­ing pinch sin­gle and Juan La­gares’ two- run triple high­lighted a four­run eighth in­ning that helped send the New York Mets to a 5-1 win over Mi­ami. The NL Eastlead­ing Mets won their fifth con­sec­u­tive game.

In Washington, Wil­son Ramos blooped a two-run sin­gle to right with one out in the bot­tom of the eighth that helped the Na­tion­als to a 5-4 vic­tory over Ari­zona.

Philadelphia’s Maikel Franco hit a tiebreak­ing grand slam in the sev­enth in­ning to lead the Phillies to a 6- 2 vic­tory over the NL West- lead­ing Los An­ge­les Dodgers.

Mar­cus Semien hit a three-run homer in the sixth in­ning to help Chris Bas­sitt earn his first win this sea­son as Oak­land topped Bal­ti­more 5-0.

Also, Texas held off Hous­ton 4- 3, Toronto beat Min­nesota 3-1, San Fran­cisco de­feated At­lanta 8-3, Tampa Bay routed the Chicago White Sox 11-3, Seat­tle topped Colorado 10-4, and Mil­wau­kee beat San Diego 4-1.

AP

Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs short­stop Nick Ahmed comes down af­ter jump­ing up in an at­tempt to field the throw to sec­ond from the out­field, but Washington Na­tion­als’ Bryce Harper #34 was safe at sec­ond base with a dou­ble dur­ing the first in­ning of a base­ball game at Na­tion­als Park in Washington, Tues­day, Aug. 4.

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