All the Royals needed Saturday night, as it turned out, was to get Zack Greinke, their former Cy Young Award winner, out of the game.

Once Greinke departed, Billy Butler and Salvy Perez hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning against Angels closer Ernesto Frieri that lifted the Royals to an unprecedented 3-2 victory at Kauffman Stadium.

Yes, unprecedented.

"I was looking for a fastball," Butler said. "Absolutely. I told Sal on deck that he's predominantly a heater (pitcher). You've got to go up there and not be late. Neither of us was late."