KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) – Yasmani Grandal went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs as the Chicago White Sox built a huge lead that allowed them to beat Salvador Perez and the Kansas City Royals 10-7.
Perez hit two home runs, including his 40th of the season and drove in five runs. His home run total places him second in the majors – Los Angeles Angeles’ Shohei Ohtani posted his 43rd on Saturday.
Cuban Luis Robert hit another home run and tied a career high with four hits for the White Sox, leaders of the AL Central, who held a 9-3 lead in the fifth inning.
Craig Kimbrel (3-4) took the victory in relief. Liam Hendriks got his 32nd save.
Daniel Lynch (4.4) allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings.
José Abreu hit an RBI double for his 500th career extra base and Grandal hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to stretch the lead to 8-3.
For the White Sox, the Cubans Robert 5-4 with three runs scored and one RBI, Abreu 4-3 with three runs scored and one RBI. The Dominicans Eloy Jiménez 2-0 with a run scored, Leury Garcia 4-1 with a run scored and an RBI. The Venezuelan César Hernández 5-1.
For the Royals, Venezuelans Pérez 4-2 with two runs scored and five RBIs, Sebastian Rivero 2-0, Edward Olivares 1-0. Carlos Santana 3-1 with a run scored and an RBI. Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rivera 4-1 with a run scored.