"Sal had a great day," Yost said. "[Whit] Merrifield had a great day, Paulo [Orlando] had a great day. But they didn't have the great day that Salvy did -- five hits. He just really does a good job at this park. His numbers are astronomical in this park."
Perez became the first Royals hitter to have a five-hit game since Billy Butler on Sept. 5, 2013. And Perez became just the second Royals catcher to have five hits in a game, joining Darrell Porter.
"We won the game," Perez said. "That's what makes it a little more exciting."
Perez said it was the first time at any level of baseball he has recorded five hits.
And, yes, Perez knew that when he came up in the ninth that all he would need is a home run to complete the cycle.
But it was a tough assignment, facing hard-throwing Kevin Jepsen.
"I thought about it a little bit," Perez said. "But Jepsen is tough. I tried to put the ball in play. I didn't try to think homer, and if it happens, it happens."
Perez, who had tripled in the seventh, singled sharply down the left-field line. He also had two other singles and a double.
It was all part of a 17-hit attack for the Royals -- a welcome sight to Perez.
"That's pretty good," Perez said. "I think everybody is trying to do the best they can do at the plate. It's a long season. Sometimes, it's going to be a struggle. Sometimes, it's going to be like tonight."