"The ball just got stuck on me," Perez said. "I think I might have got him if I had [caught it clean]. But it was a short hop -- tough for me to catch."
Two batters later, Romine came sailing toward home on a two-run single to right by Ian Kinsler. Again Perez had a chance for a play at the plate on a throw from the outfield, but he tagged Romine just a little late.
"[Romine] is a good runner," Perez said.
The third play at the plate was the charm. Kinsler tried to score from third in the fifth inning on a grounder to third baseman Christian Colon, who threw low and hard to Perez's right, but Perez made a fabulous scoop and tagged Kinsler.
"It was a tough game," Perez said. "We did a good job coming back."
Perez also had an error while trying to throw out Anthony Gose attempting to steal second in the seventh. The throw was wild and sailed into center, eventually leading to an unearned run and tying the score.
"I just tried to do too much there," Perez said. "I need just to catch, take my time and throw it."
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.