Szczur's clutch homer helps Padres to win over Royals

"I wanted to pick him up".

Mike Moustakas hit two home runs and Jake Junis pitched seven-plus solid innings to help the Kansas City Royals beat the San Diego Padres 8-3 on Sunday.

"It was definitely awesome", Szczur said.

During his time in San Diego, Kennedy posted a 26-30 record with a 3.97 ERA and 1.298 WHIP in 73 starts (426.2 innings).

Travis Wood (1-2) got the win.

But nothing comes easy for San Diego these days.

The Royals' homer barrage resumed in the first inning Sunday when Moustakas connected on a three-run blast that capped a four-run burst, which accentuated another recent Padres' problem.

Szczur's heroics helped the Padres snap a five-game Padres' losing streak and made a victor of right-hander Chacin (5-5). The friendly confines of Kauffman Stadium weren't so friendly to Kennedy, though, as he surrendered four runs on six hits, including a home run, in five innings of work. Hosmer took away the game's MVP award. So after the first slider, I knew there was a good chance I might get a fastball. Last night's game already depleted the KC bullpen, so I think that is the key today. As for Chacin, he coughed up seven earned in 0.2 innings in NY and since then has given up six earned over 10.1 innings. The Rays won the opener on Evan Longoria's RBI single in the 10th inning that completed a 3-hour, 56-minute game. Padres 1B Wil Myers didn't start because of an illness. Chacin advanced to third and was picked off. Aybar was aboard on a double off Skoglund. The Padres got a run back in the 4th when Cory Spangenberg hit the first of his two solo home runs.

"My pitches were in the middle and they were able to square some balls up and that was about it", said Skoglund. "I was getting ahead and staying ahead".

Added Green: "Diaz, to me, the more he pitches like that, the more he's going to get better".

Hosmer said Cain set him up against Hand by opening the eighth with a single off the lefty.

TWINS 3, GIANTS 2 Brian Dozier and Kennys Vargas hit home runs, leading Jose Berrios and Minnesota over host San Francisco.

Rookie Franchy Cordero hit a two-run double in the eighth off reliever Chris Young, a former Padres starter, and Yangervis Solarte followed with an RBI single.

The Padres have a few key hitters as well this season.

NOTES: The Padres optioned struggling 3B Ryan Schimpf to Triple-A El Paso and recalled RHP Jose Valdez from the Chihuahuas. He was hitless in his last 10 at-bats with eight strikeouts.

YANKEES 16, ORIOLES 3 Rookie Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 19th home run and host NY connected five times in all, battering Chris Tillman and Baltimore for its fourth consecutive victory.

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