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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Jeremy Guthrie pitches Royals past Rangers 6-3

  • The Kansas City Royals defeated the Texas Rangers Tuesday night.
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  • Salvador Perez's pickoff throw changed the momentum, and Jeremy Guthrie was unhittable after that.
    Guthrie pitched seven strong innings and the Kansas City Royals got home runs from Alex Gordon and Johnny Giavotella in a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
    After giving up five hits to his first 10 batters, Guthrie did not allow another hit after Ian Kinsler led off the third with a double. Elvis Andrus bunted him to third, but Perez picked off Kinsler with Josh Hamilton at the plate.
    "The big momentum shift was the throw by Salvy," Guthrie said. "That was a huge sigh of relief for me.
    "I scuffled up to that point. It gave me a big boost."
    Perez leads all major league catchers with three pickoffs this season even though he didn't play until June 22 after having knee surgery in spring training.
    "That's a big play," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "You're staring down the barrel of being down 3-0 and you've got an All-Star pitcher on the mound with a tremendous offensive club.
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