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San Diego, CA- For the second straight day the San Diego Padres rallied back to win on a walkoff two-run double by Will Venable to defeat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 in 12 innings.
The Royals would extend their lead and knock Stults out of the game in the top of the 5th, as Yordano Ventura and Norichika Aokis scored on a two-run single by Eric Hosmer to extend the Royals lead to 3-0.
Eric Stults would be unable to get out of the fifth and would be relieved by Donn Roach, after allowing was three runs on 11 hits in only 4.2 innings of work. After being a solid workhorse for the Padres last season, Stults this season has struggled to get through 5 innings multiple times and you have to wonder how many more chances the Padres are going to give Stults before pulling him from the rotation.
After dominating the Padres batters to begin the game, Royals phenom Yordano Ventura finally made a mistake in the bottom of the 6th. As Yasmani Grandal smoked a hanging curveball for a three-run home run, his third of the season to tie the game at 3-3.
The game wouldn’t remain tied for long, as Eric Hosmer would give the Royals back the lead with a solo-homerun off reliever Nick Vincent in the top of the seventh to give the Royals a 4-3 lead.
The Padres would once again rally back in the bottom of the 12th, as after singles by Chris Denorfia and Yonder Alonso, Will Venable would end the game with his fourth career game-winning hit.