(Kansas City) Salvador Perez hit a home run to left field to break the stalemate and the Kansas City Royals shut out the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Sunday.
Perez hit home plate twice with his stick to make sure it wasn't broken and he then catapulted Blue Jays reliever TJ Zeuch (0-2) offering into the left field fountains.
Perez's two-run slam came in the seventh inning, a day after he delivered a 3-2 win for the Royals with a homerun in their last round at bat.
Brady Singer muzzled the Blue Jays for six innings. Both Kyle Zimmer (1-0) and Josh Staumont were perfect in an inning and Greg Holland closed the books with his second save of the campaign.
The Royals have won their last 55 games when they lead after seven innings, which is a peak in the Majors.
"We can still talk about 'Salvy' because he continues to blow our minds," Royals manager Mike Matheny said. Our fans love him and he continues to do things that increase his popularity. It is fun to watch it play. "
The Kansas City team won a series against the Blue Jays for the first time since September 2017.
"This shutout, allowing only a few hits, receivers take a lot of pride in it," said Matheny, who also played in the Majors as a receiver. I know 'Salvy' was very proud of the way the game went. But everyone did an amazing job. "
The two teams hadn't scored a run after six innings, but it wasn't so much a pitching duel as more of an inability to produce offensively.
The Royals took advantage of two walks in each of the first two innings to fill the trails against Robbie Ray, but each time, the runners were held back.
The Royals left two more players on the trails in inning three and a runner on second in each of the following two innings.
Singer is probably wondering if his teammates appreciate him. The Royals haven't scored any points in their first three starts from the mound this season.
“We're trying to get out there and do our best,” Perez said. It's been a good week and hope it continues. "
The Blue Jays were no more opportunistic, wasting two runners on the trails in the second, third and fourth innings.
“I feel good with the way the team is playing despite all the injuries,” said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo. Some players shouldn't be part of the roster, but that's how it is. Maybe some players are putting too much pressure on themselves. "