Gordon, Perez homer in Royals' 8-3 win over Reds

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Associated Press

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 5:05 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez hit home runs off Matt Latos in Kansas City's five-run third inning, and the Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Thursday.

Gordon's homer was his seventh of the spring, and Perez — who also doubled — hit his second, a three-run shot.

Joey Votto and Royals first baseman Billy Butler collided as Votto rounded first after hitting a ball off Ervin Santana into the left-field corner to drive in a run in the first inning. Votto was awarded second base as both men fell to the ground.

Santana pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second by getting Votto to bounce to the mound to start a 1-2-3 double play. The right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits with a walk in four innings.

Latos finished the third then left the game, allowing five runs and nine hits with five strikeouts.

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