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Perez breaks Bench's record with 46th HR

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CLEVELAND (AP) Salvador Perez hit his 46th home run, breaking Johnny Bench's record for homers by a catcher in a season, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Monday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Perez hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, topping Bench's total from 1970 for the most by a player who played at least 75% of his team's games at catcher.

"It was unbelievable," he said. "I thank God for this. It's amazing."

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