SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Kansas City Royals had to work overtime to end a season-high, five-game losing streak and get their first win at Petco Park.
Alex Gordon singled in the go-ahead run with one out in the 11th inning and pinch-hitter Billy Butler followed with an RBI double to give the Royals a 3-1 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
The Royals also got great pitching from starter Jeremy Guthrie and relievers Wade Davis and Greg Holland, who held San Diego to one run on six hits.
"We knew that we were 0-7 in this place and we needed to change that," manager Ned Yost said. "Our pitching allowed us to do that tonight. Guthrie, Wade Davis, Holland, were all fantastic. They kept us in position, right there in the ballgame, until we could break it open. It took us 11 innings to do it, but the pitching was tremendous."
Eric Hosmer started the winning rally when he hit a leadoff double to center off Nick Vincent (0-1). Gordon singled to right with one out and Hosmer beat the throw home with a headfirst slide, touching the plate with his left hand.
"A long losing streak it seems like, so we just needed something positive to happen there," Gordon said. "I was able to find a hole. It works."
Butler then doubled in Gordon.
"I think the frustration was kicking in a little bit but hopefully this can motivate us a little bit," Gordon said.
Davis (2-1) pitched two innings of one-hit ball for the victory, striking out four. Greg Holland, who blew the save Monday night, pitched the 11th for his eighth save in nine chances.
Guthrie went a season-high eight innings, allowing one run and four hits, with two strikeouts and one walk.
"He threw strikes, changed speeds and kept the ball down," Yost said.
"The air was thick tonight and the ball didn't really carry so that really benefited me and helped me to get deep in the game," Guthrie said. "Overall I don't think I had my best stuff, but the park played to my advantage tonight."
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