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Watch Salvy Perez hit first career grand slam, avoid postgame splash

Salvador Perez ducked under a victory shower from Drew Butera after Perez’s grand slam helped the Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.
Salvador Perez ducked under a victory shower from Drew Butera after Perez’s grand slam helped the Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

It may not have been the very best time for Salvador Perez’s first career grand slam, but it was pretty perfect.

If you were at work and missed the Royals’ 6-4 win, here is what happened. In the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game, the Royals trailed Boston 4-2.

After the Red Sox had walked three straight Royals batters, Perez worked the count to 3-2 against Robby Scott. Then this happened (video from 120 Sports):

It was the first time the Red Sox had blown a lead when they led after seven innings. And for Perez, it was his first career grand slam.

The Star’s Maria Torres had these particulars.

According to ESPN, Perez’s go-ahead grand slam was the first by a Royal in the eighth inning or later when KC was trailing since Frank White did it in 1986.

Perez also managed to (mostly) escape Drew Butera’s attempt to splash Salvy after the game. Perez must have been tipped off:

Butera noted that it wasn’t a complete miss as he responded to a tweet from Kansas City Star photographer John Sleezer, who had a great photo:

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