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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Luke Hochevar is adapting to a new role.

Hochevar worked two perfect innings in relief, David Lough had two more hits and a Kansas City Royals split-squad rallied to beat a San Diego Padres split-squad 7-5 on Friday.

Hochevar, the first player selected in the 2006 draft, was sent to the bullpen Wednesday after struggling the past five seasons as a starter. He struck out two and threw 16 strikes in 23 pitches.

"You get that shot of adrenaline, which is nice," Hochevar said about coming out of the bullpen. "It's kind of a different approach. You're not trying to establish anything or keep your pitch count down to get deep into the game. It's more like an attack, swing-and-miss kind of approach. I don't know how to explain it.

"I'm throwing all my breaking pitches from the get-go, instead of trying to establish your fastball, working your changeup early and get early contact. You're just coming at them, trying to get outs. It's kind of what I took from it today. It's fun."

Hochevar said he doesn't try to throw harder as a reliever.

"You're still trying to execute a pitch, but you know you've only got to go one inning, so you can kind of step on the gas a little more," he said. "Maybe you go more to your strength more so than pitch to a game plan."

Lough went 2 for 3 with a double and scored a run to raise his spring average to .548.

Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer in the Padres' three-run first.

"It was a fastball out over the middle of the plate," Hundley said. "I know Will had good life on his fastball, so you've got to get ready for that and try not to miss it."

Hundley raised his average to .469 and has two homers with a Cactus League-leading six doubles in a dozen games for an .844 slugging percentage and a 1.329 OPS.

"I came in with a lot of confidence with the work I put in the offseason, but it's nice to see the results," Hundley said. "At the same time, if the results weren't there I'd still have confidence in my swing. Results no doubt are a nice thing as well."

San Diego took advantage of three errors in the first three innings to score five runs, four unearned. Padres starter Jason Marquis gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in three innings, throwing 74 pitches.

"It wasn't great. It wasn't terrible," Marquis said. "I worked myself out of some jams, which obviously you hope to do during the season. I felt timing of my delivery was a little bit off today. I really battled. I really had to make some pitches to get out of those jams. I was just a little out of synch.

"I got my pitch count up. It's not the type of pitch count you want. You're either working on things, building up arm strength. I've got a couple of more weeks to get everything right."

Minor leaguer Alex Llanos hit a two-run single in a four-run eighth inning for the Royals.

NOTES: Royals SS Alcides Escobar continues to be held out of the lineup because of lower back spasms. He has not played since Sunday. ... Royals RHP Wade Davis, who has not pitched since March 3 because of inflammation in the back of his throwing shoulder, threw three scoreless innings in a Royals' minor league game, allowing one hit, striking out six and walking none. Davis, who is penciled in as the No. 4 starter, said he felt fine afterward, but called the setback "very annoying." ... The Royals failed to score in the first inning for the third consecutive game. In the first 16 games, the Royals scored 27 runs in the first inning.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

N. Hundley
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

M. Ramirez
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alexi Amarista, CF3110010 .325
    Tyler Stubblefield, SS1000010 .000
Jonathan Galvez, LF3220010 .429
    Luis Tejada, 1B1000000 .000
Jesus Guzman, DH2001000 .308
   a- Dane Phillips, PH-DH1000010 .000
Kyle Blanks, 1B3112010 .395
    Brian Adams, RF1000010 .000
Nick Hundley, C3112001 .469
    Eddy Rodriguez, C1000000 .375
Travis Buck, RF2000010 .293
    Everett Williams, LF2000000 .000
Cody Ransom, 3B2000000 .217
    Reymond Fuentes, CF10100001.000
Jeudy Valdez, 2B2000000 .160
    Jacob Blackwood, 3B1000010 .000
Gregorio Petit, SS2000000 .200
    Jesus Merchan, 2B1000001 .000
Totals3256508  
a-struck out for Guzman in the 8th
Batting
HR - Nick Hundley (2, Smith)
SF - Jesus Guzman (1)
RBI - Jesus Guzman (7), Kyle Blanks 2 (10), Nick Hundley 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Hundley 2 (3)
SB - Reymond Fuentes (1, 2nd base off Coleman/Pina)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Blackwood-Merchan-Tejada
PB - Eddy Rodriguez (1)
E - Gregorio Petit (5, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Marquis 3532320 2.25
Brad Brach (H,2) 1000000 0.00
Huston Street (H,3) 1100030 3.60
Tim Stauffer (BS,2; L,0-2) 2.1444130 11.37
Joe Thatcher 0.2100100 4.15
WP - Jason Marquis (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 74-40, Brad Brach 17-10, Huston Street 22-14, Tim Stauffer 47-27, Joe Thatcher 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 7-1, Brad Brach 2-1, Tim Stauffer 4-0, Joe Thatcher 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 18, Brad Brach 3, Huston Street 4, Tim Stauffer 12, Joe Thatcher 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Endy Chavez, LF4000000 .222
    Alex Llanos, LF10120001.000
Johnny Giavotella, 2B3100000 .273
    Angel Franco, 2B2011010 .500
David Lough, RF3120000 .548
    Yem Prades, RF1000110 .000
Billy Butler, 1B1100210 .325
    Matthew Fields, 1B2000011 .000
Lorenzo Cain, CF3012022 .429
    Paulo Orlando, CF11100001.000
Max Ramirez, DH3021100 .394
Brandon Wood, 3B3011012 .269
    Rey Navarro, 3B11100001.000
George Kottaras, C3000014 .250
    Manny Pina, C1110000 .571
Christian Colon, SS3000004 .143
    Orlando Calixte, SS0100100 .000
Totals35711758  
Batting
2B - David Lough (6, Marquis), Paulo Orlando (1, Stauffer)
RBI - Alex Llanos 2 (2), Angel Franco (1), Lorenzo Cain 2 (3), Max Ramirez (13), Brandon Wood (7)
SB - David Lough (3, 3rd base off Marquis/Hundley)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Colon-Giavotella-Butler
E - Billy Butler (1, ), Will Smith (1, Throwing), Brandon Wood (3, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Will Smith 4551021 1.64
Luke Hochevar 2000020 5.40
Louis Coleman 1100010 2.16
Nate Adcock (W,2-0) 1000020 1.23
Dan Wheeler (S,3) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Will Smith 46-31, Luke Hochevar 23-16, Louis Coleman 13-8, Nate Adcock 14-10, Dan Wheeler 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Will Smith 7-3, Louis Coleman 1-1, Nate Adcock 1-0, Dan Wheeler 2-0
Batters Faced - Will Smith 17, Luke Hochevar 6, Louis Coleman 4, Nate Adcock 3, Dan Wheeler 3
Game Information
Attendance - 4051
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Patrick Mahoney, Third Base - Allen Bailey