Perez steady force in Blue Jays' 'pen

Perez steady force in Blue Jays' 'pen

KANSAS CITY -- With bullpens around baseball having issues, the Blue Jays have one reliever that has been lights out so far in 2012.

Luis Perez has been a dominating force out of the Blue Jays' bullpen this season. Entering Saturday's game against the Royals, he had allowed zero runs and just three hits over a total of 10 innings in six appearances.

In Friday night's 4-3 win over the Royals, Perez relieved Kyle Drabek, and struck out four batters in 1 2/3 innings. Entering with two on and one out in the bottom of the sixth, Perez struck out Mike Moustakas and Humberto Quintero on six pitches.

"He's been outstanding," manager John Farrell said on Saturday. "There's a lot of confidence to bring him into a situation no matter who's on base or what the score is or the inning. And he's pitched in the body language of that same confidence. I think he's done a very good job of using his secondary pitches, in addition to a very good fastball, to give him different looks against both right-handers and left-handers."

The performance on Friday earned Perez his second win of the season. At 2-0, he was tied for the best record on the team.