SAN DIEGO (AP) — It was right there for the taking — twice. The Kansas City Royals just couldn't close out the game when they had their chances.
Will Venable hit a two-run single in the 12th inning to give the Padres a 6-5 win over Kansas City on Monday night, giving San Diego its second consecutive victory in its final at-bat.
The Royals held a one-run lead on two occasions late in the game, but couldn't close it out as they ran their season-high losing streak to five games.
"Things just aren't going our way right now," Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "We have got to stick with it and things are going to change."
Closer Greg Holland, who failed to protect a 4-3 lead in the ninth when he allowed Jedd Gyorko's solo homer, said the Royals should still be encouraged.
"It's a tough loss for the guys, especially having the lead twice late," he said. "But at the end of the day, the starting pitching is throwing well and we hit the ball well (Monday night)."
San Diego also won Sunday in its final at-bat on Yonder Alonso's slow grounder that scored Cameron Maybin with the game-winning run in the ninth inning of a 4-3 win over 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 to score Chris Denorfia with the tying run and Alonso with the winning run from second base.
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.
Mike Moustakas hit an RBI single to score Salvador Perez in the 12th off Tim Stauffer (1-0) to give the Royals a brief lead.
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