Kansas City at San Diego

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Kansas City (14-17)00201000015161
San Diego (15-18) «0003001002690

Padres 6, Royals 5 (12)

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SAN DIEGO -- Two games, two dramatic wins. It might be just what the struggling San Diego Padres need.

Will Venable hit a two-run single in the 12th inning to give the Padres a 6-5 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night, their second consecutive victory in their final at-bat.

San Diego used Yonder Alonso's slow grounder to score Cameron Maybin with the game-winning run Sunday in the ninth inning of a 4-3 victory against Arizona.

"Coming on the heels of [Sunday's] win, it's great," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We are seeing subtle signs. These are the kind of games that can lift guys."

Venable singled off Tim Collins (0-2) and over the head of right fielder Lorenzo Cain, driving in Chris Denorfia and Alonso.

Denorfia led off the inning with a single off Louis Coleman before Collins came on. After a sacrifice, Alonso reached on a bloop double to left to bring up Venable.

For the offensively challenged Padres, the two games may be signs that the team is ready to break out of its season-long funk. San Diego is ranked near or at the bottom in the majors in just about every offensive category.

"Bottom line, we just have to get a W," Alonso said. "I don't care how we do it. We have seen it all. This game will do a lot of crazy things on you. (Sunday), we get a game-winner on a bunt swing. [Monday], Will hit a mammoth single. This game will do a lot of things to you. You just have to keep your head up."

The Padres rallied back with a pair of homers to tie the game twice and force extra innings.

Jedd Gyorko, who is hitting.164, hit a solo home run with one out in the ninth inning off Royals closer Greg Holland to tie the game at 4. It was Holland's first blown save in eight chances.

Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run shot off Royals rookie Yordano Ventura in the sixth to tie the score at 3.

"We are a team that doesn't give up, even if we are down by three runs," Alonso said. "We just keep chipping away, chipping away and the next thing you know we're winning the ball game."

Eric Hosmer had a home run and three RBI for Kansas City, which extended its season-high losing streak to five games despite a season-high 16 hits. Cain, who came off the disabled list before the game, had four hits.

The Royals grabbed a brief lead in the 12th inning when Mike Moustakas hit an RBI single to score Salvador Perez off Tim Stauffer (1-0).

"Any time you lose, it's painful, it hurts, especially when you are struggling a bit," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Hosmer hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot off Nick Vincent, to put Kansas City ahead 4-3 in the seventh.

"We had plenty of opportunities to put it away," Hosmer said. "That's just the way things are going right now. This is definitely one of the tougher losses of the season."

Ventura had allowed just two hits in five shutout innings before giving up Grandal's homer. The right-hander allowed five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out a career-high 10 in six innings. Ventura extended his scoreless innings streak to 18 scoreless innings before Grandal's home run.

Ventura collected his first major league hit with a sharp single leading off the fifth. Nori Aoki followed with a single and both runners moved up on a fly out. Hosmer grounded a two-run single up the middle for a 3-0 lead.

Padres starter Eric Stults had his second tough outing as he lasted only 4⅔ innings, allowing three runs and 11 hits. The left-hander tied a season high by allowing five runs over 2⅔ innings -- his shortest start since April 2009 -- in his last start.

Notes

Maybin left the game during the top of the seventh inning with a stomach ailment. ... Cain (left groin strain) was activated from 15-day DL and INF/OF Jimmy Paredes was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. ... Royals RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-2, 4.50 ERA) faces Padres LHP Robbie Erlin (1-4, 5.83) on Wednesday night.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

Y. Grandal
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

E. Hosmer
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5110006 .276
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
   Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
   a-Justin Maxwell, PH1000000 .143
   Louis Coleman, P0000000 .000
   Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
Omar Infante, 2B6000001 .267
Eric Hosmer, 1B6133000 .296
Salvador Perez, C6230001 .245
Alex Gordon, LF6000023 .244
Danny Valencia, 3B4011012 .231
   Mike Moustakas, 3B2011000 .158
Alcides Escobar, SS5020101 .274
Lorenzo Cain, CF-RF5040002 .383
Yordano Ventura, P2110013 .500
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   b-Billy Butler, PH0000100 .241
   Jarrod Dyson, CF0000000 .289
Totals48516524  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Herrera in the 11th
b-walked for Crow in the 8th
Batting
2B - Salvador Perez 2 (12, Stults), Lorenzo Cain (3, Benoit)
HR - Eric Hosmer (1, Vincent)
SH - Yordano Ventura (1), Jarrod Dyson (3)
RBI - Eric Hosmer 3 (13), Danny Valencia (2), Mike Moustakas (13)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Moustakas (6)
SB - Alcides Escobar 2 (7, 2nd base off Thayer/Grandal)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Eric Hosmer (2, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yordano Ventura 65330101 2.00
Aaron Crow (H,3) 1000010 0.00
Wade Davis (H,5) 1000010 2.70
Greg Holland (BS,1) 1111001 3.00
Kelvin Herrera 1000010 1.93
Louis Coleman 1111210 7.00
Tim Collins (L,0-2; BS,1) 0.1211000 13.50
Pitches-Strikes - Yordano Ventura 101-72, Aaron Crow 12-7, Wade Davis 13-7, Greg Holland 13-9, Kelvin Herrera 11-6, Louis Coleman 28-16, Tim Collins 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yordano Ventura 6-3, Aaron Crow 2-0, Greg Holland 2-1, Kelvin Herrera 1-1, Louis Coleman 1-1, Tim Collins 1-0
Batters Faced - Yordano Ventura 24, Aaron Crow 3, Wade Davis 3, Greg Holland 4, Kelvin Herrera 3, Louis Coleman 6, Tim Collins 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF-CF6012010 .193
Everth Cabrera, SS5110030 .256
Seth Smith, LF4120120 .280
Yasmani Grandal, C4113111 .254
Jedd Gyorko, 2B5111011 .164
Kyle Blanks, 1B2000021 .000
   Donn Roach, P00000001.000
   a-Jace Peterson, PH1000010 .174
   Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
   Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   Alex Torres, P0000000 .000
   b-Nick Hundley, PH1000000 .333
   Huston Street, P0000000 .000
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
   c-Rene Rivera, PH1000002 .243
   Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .000
Cameron Maybin, CF2010000 .360
   Chris Denorfia, CF-RF3110010 .299
Alexi Amarista, 3B4000011 .154
Eric Stults, P1000010 .143
   Yonder Alonso, 1B4110000 .167
Totals43696214  
a-struck out for Roach in the 6th
b-grounded out for Torres in the 9th
c-flied out for Benoit in the 11th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (7, Ventura), Cameron Maybin (5, Ventura), Yonder Alonso (7, Collins)
3B - Seth Smith (1, Ventura)
HR - Yasmani Grandal (3, Ventura), Jedd Gyorko (3, Holland)
SH - Alexi Amarista (1)
RBI - Will Venable 2 (4), Yasmani Grandal 3 (10), Jedd Gyorko (12)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Seth Smith 1
DP - Amarista-Gyorko-Blanks, Amarista-Gyorko-Blanks-Gyorko-Cabrera-Alonso
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults 4.21133020 5.40
Donn Roach 1.1100000 2.81
Nick Vincent 1111001 2.03
Dale Thayer 1000210 0.56
Alex Torres 1000000 0.69
Huston Street 1000000 0.69
Joaquin Benoit 1100000 1.98
Tim Stauffer (W,1-0) 1211010 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 73-54, Donn Roach 13-9, Nick Vincent 15-10, Dale Thayer 26-14, Alex Torres 8-4, Huston Street 14-8, Joaquin Benoit 15-9, Tim Stauffer 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 6-4, Donn Roach 3-1, Nick Vincent 2-1, Alex Torres 1-2, Huston Street 1-2, Joaquin Benoit 2-1, Tim Stauffer 2-0
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 23, Donn Roach 5, Nick Vincent 4, Dale Thayer 5, Alex Torres 3, Huston Street 3, Joaquin Benoit 4, Tim Stauffer 5
Game Information
Attendance - 14089
Game Time - 3:57
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Will Little, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Paul Schrieber