Perez go-ahead double lifts Royals over White Sox

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 5:54 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — While Salvador Perez came up with the winning hit right after Nori Aoki made the game-saving catch.

Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Saturday.

Alex Gordon doubled off left-hander Scott Downs (0-1) before Perez hit Maikel Cleto's second pitch down the left-field line.

Wade Davis (1-1) let the White Sox tie it at three when gave up two runs in the eighth on two singles, a walk, a hit batter and sacrifice fly.

Greg Holland worked around a leadoff walk for his second save in two days.

Royals right fielder Aoki prevented the White Sox from taking a lead when he made a lunging catch of Alexei Ramirez line drive to end the eighth with two runners on base.

"Nori made a tremendous catch that saved the game from being cracked open there," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Aoki, a six-time Gold Glove winner in center field in Japan, got a good jump on Ramirez's scorcher.

"It was a situation where we couldn't give up any more runs," Aoki said through an interpreter. "That was the play I was most happy with. The only thing was the sun was in my eyes."

Ramirez already had two singles and believed he had one over extra bases over Aoki's head.

"I don't think it got up in the wind enough to have a chance," Paul Konerko said "That's what the game comes down to sometimes, something so small."

Conor Gillaspie hit an RBI single in the eighth before Konerko's sacrifice fly tied it and gave him 146 RBIs against Kansas City, the most by any opponent.

Royals left-hander Bruce Chen allowed one unearned run on six singles, walked none and struck out seven in 6 1-3 innings, but had to settle for a no-decision.