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Perez's homer lifts Royals over Rangers

Jun 7, 2015 - 11:20 PM Kansas City, MO ( - Salvador Perez's solo homer in the bottom of the eighth lifted the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed two runs on three hits while striking out five and walking two over 6 1/3 innings. Wade Davis (3-1) tossed a scoreless eighth and Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

The Royals snapped a three-game skid.

"I think it's going to be a big win for us today," Perez said. "Win, happy flight, and we see tomorrow. We'll go play hard versus Minnesota and try to win. We're going to do everything we can to win the games and win the series."

Colby Lewis gave up three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and one walk over seven innings for the Rangers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Keone Kela (4-2) took the loss after giving up the homer to Perez.

"It was a tough one," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I felt if we could hold them there in the eighth, we had a chance to win the game."

Guthrie allowed just one hit through six innings. He departed after allowing two one-out singles to Mitch Moreland and Joey Gallo in the seventh. Elvis Andrus greeted Kelvin Herrera with a single to load the bases. Leonys Martin followed with a two-run single to right and Robinson Chirinos added an RBI groundout to make it 3-3.

The Royals took the lead back on Perez's two-out homer in the eighth. It was Perez's second homer in two days.

Earlier, Kansas City jumped out to a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Alcides Escobar singled, advanced to third on Mike Moustakas' single and scored on Eric Hosmer's sacrifice fly.

The Royals plated another run in the second. Omar Infante singled, moved to third on Jarrod Dyson's double and raced home on Escobar's sacrifice fly.

Escobar scored his second run of the game in the fifth when he crossed the plate on Kendrys Morales' double.

Game Notes

The Royals went 2-4 on a six-game homestand ... The Rangers placed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game and recalled pitcher Spencer Patton from Triple-A Round Rock ... Texas opens a three-game road series with the Athletics on Tuesday, while the Royals begin an eight- game road stretch with their first of three games against the Twins on Monday.