Mike Moustakas drove in four runs with a pair of homers to lead a four-homer assault and Kansas City Royals starter Jake Junis held the San Diego Padres to three runs over seven-plus innings Sunday as the Royals defeated the Padres 8-3 in the rubber match of a three-game series at Petco Park.
Facing rookie Dinelson Lamet (2-2) Moustakas hit a three-run home run in the first that gave the Royals an early 4-0 advantage, and a solo homer in the eighth, his 17th this season. The All-Star 1st baseman crushed a 2-run home run to right field for a 7-1 Kansas City lead. Additionally, he walked three and struck out four before ultimately receiving the loss as the Royals fell 7-3.
"Moose is really locked in", Yost said.
SAN DIEGO (TNS) _ His relief corps depleted, his bullpen running on fumes, Royals manager Ned Yost sank into a leather chair inside a clubhouse office Sunday and cycled through the names of his available relievers. It was his second shot of the game after he hit a solo home run in the sixth. "He is really seeing the ball well and driving the ball to all fields with power". After Eric Hosmer singled to start the inning, Salvador Perez didn't have to wait at all to find a pitch he liked. Spangenberg recorded his second career two-homerun game for the Padres, who have lost seven of eight. Cory Spangenberg hit two of the three homers off Junis, who departed after Jose Pirela opened the eighth with a homer. I wasn't getting ahead.
"Matt hasn't had a ton of opportunity lately", manager Andy Green said "He flushed that pretty quickly, got in there today, took a good swing and that's a huge go-ahead home run". "You could tell in the first inning the way he was coming out guns blazing it was going to be hard to get to the fourth inning".
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Phil Maton made his major league debut for San Diego on the same day he was recalled from Triple-A El Paso with a scoreless eighth.
"I'm still missing mistakes; this game is hard".
Padres: OF Manuel Margot continues his recovery from a calf injury and was running in the outfield prior to Sunday's game.
Diaz recovered from that gaffe with a pop-out and had his defense pick up the slack in the second with a double-play ball to erase the leadoff walk he issued Perez.
Monday: The Padres host the Cincinnati Reds at 10:10 p.m. Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 6.25 ERA) is scheduled to start for Cincinnati. Vargas has won three straight starts and faces Giants LHP Ty Blach.