Perez homers, makes key pickoff to lead Royals over Mariners

The Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Marines 5-3

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano (22) scores on an error by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, July 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez homered and made a key pickoff throw Saturday to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Marines 5-3.

Perez hit a solo home run off the foul pole in the seventh inning that gave the Royals a two-run lead.

In the eighth, the World Series MVP made the defensive play of the game. With runners at the corners and one out, the star catcher trapped Kyle Seager off first base.

The pickoff was Perez’s first of the season and 18th of his career.

Edinson Volquez (8-8) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his first save since April 10, 2013 to seal the victory.

Wade Miley (6-6) gave up 10 hits. He left after Cheslor Cuthbert’s RBI single made it 4-3 in the sixth.

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