Szczur's pinch homer helps Padres to 6-3 win over Royals


Craig Stammen came in and, for the second time in a week, got out of a bases loaded, no outs jam that he inherited.

Pinch hitter Matt Szczur hit a go ahead home run in the seventh inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Friday night to snap a five game losing streak.

"That's the benefit of hitting behind "Lo" Cain", Hosmer said. Chacin's two-seamer wasn't a complete meatball, but it came right over the heart of the plate and Perez crushed it.

Cain capped Kansas City's highest-scoring inning since a 10-run first against the Cleveland Indians on August 23, 2006, hitting his slam off a 97-mph fastball from Jose Valdez. The Royals had five home runs, their most since July 23, 2003, at the Minnesota Twins. He gave up back-to-back homers to Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez and in the baseball blink of an eye the Royals had a 6-5 lead.

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Stats: Szczur is hitting.212 (14 for 66) with two home runs, eight runs scored and nine RBIs in 37 games. Hosmer, who was the All-Star Game MVP and had a big homer here in March during the World Baseball Classic for the U.S., added his sixth homer of the season. Hosmer took away the game's MVP award. "The weather here doesn't get any better, it's a attractive field and a great atmosphere".

"I think it was definitely a case of me getting a little too quick with my delivery", Diaz said through an interpreter. He was 2 for 2 with an RBI and two runs scored in a 6-3 win over Kansas City.

Royals starter Ian Kennedy gave up a leadoff homer to Jose Pirela and allowed four runs in six innings.

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LHP Danny Duffy (oblique) didn't travel with the team to San Diego. Pirela and Cory Spangenberg had three hits.

The Royals last played at Petco Park in 2014, when they took two of three from the Padres in May.

"Probably a little bit over-amped starting for the first time", Padres manager Andy Green said. The 32-year-old is now 0-6 with a 5.33 ERA and 1.283 WHIP in 10 starts with the Royals so far this season.

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"They were just on him", Royals manager Ned Yost said about Skoglund. "He got us through six innings and we needed it".