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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases after hitting a 3-run home run off of Clay Holmes #35 of the New York Yankees during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium on July 31, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Royals won 8-6. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

After Aaron Judge became the fastest player to reach 200 career home runs after he corked four home runs in three days against the Kansas City Royals, the Bronx Bombers struggled to put away the Royals in the finale of a four game series.

On Sunday, it was one of the last remaining pieces that link the Kansas City Royals to their World Series glory years of 2014 and 2015, Salvador Perez that broke the game wide open on Sunday for the visitors.

With the Royals trailing 6-5 in the ninth inning, Perez crushed a pitch from Clay Holmes, and deposited it over the center field wall for a three-run homer to put K.C. up 8-6; they would win by that very score.

Earlier, the Yankees and Royals were scoreless through four innings until Kansas City rallied for four runs in the top of the fifth on a two-run single by Nick Pratto, a RBI double by Maikel Garcia, and a ground out RBI by Whitt Merrifield.

The Yankees would rally for three runs in the bottom half of the fifth thanks to a RBI single by Kyle Higashioka and a two-run bomb by D.J. LeMahieu.

The Yankees would grab the lead at 6-4 in the seventh on Anthony Rizzo’s three-run bomb.

The Yankees will open up a three-game series with Seattle at the Stadium on Monday. Meanwhile, the weekend was all about Judge who drove in nine runs with those four home runs. He is now hitting at .297 on the season.

If there is any doubt about who the AL MVP is, there is none now.