KANSAS CITY -- Baserunners beware: Salvador Perez is at it again.
Just two nights after taking the Major League lead for catchers with his third pickoff of the season, Perez upped his total to four and established a Royals single-season record for backstops by nabbing Craig Gentry at first base in the fifth inning of Thursday night's series finale with the Rangers.
Gentry had singled two at-bats earlier, and with Michael Young at the plate, he gained a healthy lead off first base. After Luke Hochevar's second pitch to Young was called a ball, Perez fired down to first baseman Eric Hosmer, who applied the tag on Gentry for the third out.
The four pickoffs are the most by a Royals catcher. Perez matched the previous record of three last season, joining John Buck (2005) and Darrell Porter (1977).
On Tuesday, Perez caught Ian Kinsler at third base for his third pickoff of the season.