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Royals Avenge Tough Loss, Top Padres In 11

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[May 07, 2014]  SAN DIEGO -- A stunning loss to the San Diego Padres on Monday gave the Kansas City Royals all the motivation they needed for Tuesday's rematch.

The Royals evened the score in the second game of a three-game interleague series.

Alex Gordon singled home Eric Hosmer in the top of the 11th inning to break a 1-1 tie and lead Kansas City to a 3-1 win at Petco Park.

Gordon, the Royals' left fielder, was hitless in 13 consecutive at-bats before he grounded a single past second baseman Jedd Gyorko and into right field off Padres right-handed reliever Nick Vincent.

"All I was thinking about was winning the game after losing that

(12-inning) game Monday," Gordon said.

San Diego over came three deficits Monday, including one in the 12th inning, to emerge with a 6-5 win.

Hosmer, the Kansas City first baseman who homered off Vincent on Monday night, opened the 11th with a double over the head of Padres left fielder Seth Smith.

Pinch hitter Billy Butler followed Gordon's hit with a double over the head of Padres right fielder Chris Denorfia to give the Royals a two-run lead.

Right-hander Wade Davis (2-1) threw two scoreless innings to pick up the win for the Royals, who snapped a season-worst, five-game losing streak. It was also Kansas City's first win ever at Petco Park after seven consecutive losses. Right-hander Greg Holland picked up his eighth save.

Vincent (0-1) suffered the loss, which ended a two-game San Diego winning streak.

A defensive gem by Padres first baseman Kyle Blanks in the top of the ninth extended the game. Blanks threw out Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at the plate to complete a double play.

Escobar reached first with one out by legging out an infield single to the right side. With center fielder Lorenzo Cain at the plate, Escobar stole second and third on consecutive pitches by right-hander Huston Street.

Cain then hit a high pop in foul territory down the right field line behind first. Blanks made the catch, then threw a strike to the plate to nail Escobar, who tagged up on the play.

"Kyle is a good defender," Padres manager Bud Black said. "That was a tough play going backwards like that and throwing flatfooted. He has a good arm."

Kansas City starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie held the Padres to one run on four hits and a walk over eight innings. He walked one and struck out two.

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"He was solid," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We needed him to go deep, and he did."

The score was tied 1-1 after six innings thanks to an exchange of home runs by opposing catchers.

Yasmani Grandal put the Padres ahead with a 350-foot drive to right in the fourth off Royals right-handed starter Jeremy Guthrie.

The home run was Grandal's second in as many nights, his third in five games and his team-leading fourth of the season. The homer also allowed Grandal to tie a Padres record with extra-base hits in six consecutive games while catching. Terry Kennedy set the mark in 1983.

Salvador Perez pulled the Royals even when he led off the sixth with a 352-foot drive down the line into the left field seats off Padres left-handed starter Robbie Erlin.

A night after all seven members of the Padres bullpen worked in a 6-5, 12-inning win over the Royals, Erlin allowed one run on three hits, four walks and a hit batter over seven innings. He fanned five.

"Robbie pitched great," Black said. "He had the best curve we've seen him throw."

NOTES: Padres 3B Chase Headley (1-for-3) and LF Carlos Quentin

(0-for-2 with a walk) made rehab starts Tuesday night for the Class A Lake Elsinore. The Padres expect to activate Headley (right calf strain) on Saturday, but aren't set on the 2014 debut of Quentin (bone bruise left knee). ... San Diego CF Cameron Maybin missed Tuesday's game after leaving Monday night in the seventh inning with a stomach illness. ... Royals 2B Omar Infante doubled in the first inning to end a 1-for-15 drought.

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