Kansas City — Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in what seemed like a close game until then, finishing with four RBIs for the Kansas City Royals, who beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Thursday.
Perez’s shot in the seventh inning appeared to hit the ball off the wall below a railing in left field.
The play was reviewed and the original ruling stood. For this, the Puerto Rican driver from Boston, Alex Cora, argued with the plate umpire, Bill Welke, who expelled him.
“I saw a home run,” a smiling Perez said when asked about the decision.
“I looked at the umpire and he said it was a home run. So it’s a home run. I’m not going to argue with a home run.”
Even after the match, Cora held a different opinion.
“We all thought it was going to be overturned. In our eyes, the ball was in the stadium and in play. Probably a double and they score two. But not a home run.” plot.
Bobby Witt Jr. broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single before Perez’s homer.
Former Royals star Eric Hosmer made his Boston debut as he returned to Kauffman Stadium for the first time since the final game of the 2017 season. He went 0-for-3 and walked one.
Taylor Clarke (3-1) got the win despite blowing the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Venezuelan Darwinzon Hernández (0-1), who took the loss, allowed four runs in the seventh inning.
For the Royals, the Venezuelan Salvador Pérez 4-2, one scored, 4 produced.
For the Red Sox the Dominican Rafael Devers 3-1, two produced.