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Perez's HR Off Holmes in 9th Leads Royals Over Yanks 8-6

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez (13) watches his home run go into the stands during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, July 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez (13) watches his home run go into the stands during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, July 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
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New York (AP) -- Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer off All-Star closer Clay Holmes in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees 8-6 Sunday to avoid being swept in the season series.

Whit Merrifield walked with one out — Holmes’ eighth walk in his last eight games after he issued just five in his first 37 appearances. Bobby Witt Jr. was hit on the right hand with a pitch, forcing him from the game.