Padres win on Headley's walk-off shot
Left fielder caps five-run rally against Royals with home run
PADRES 9, ROYALS 7
at Peoria, Ariz.
Monday, March 23
Royals at the plate: Prospective second baseman Mark Teahen continued his offensive barrage with a double, two singles and three RBIs. That raised his spring batting average to .514 and gave him 11 RBIs in 11 games. Coco Crisp had two hits, raising his average to .400. Pitcher Kyle Davies, after fouling off a squeeze bunt, singled to center to score Mike Aviles. Willie Bloomquist belted a two-run double in the eighth to snap a 4-4 tie. Mitch Maier followed with a single for his 15th RBI.
Padres at the plate: Emil Brown, an ex-Royal, got the first hit off Davies, a double in the fourth. David Eckstein also doubled, the only other hit off Davies. Kyle Blanks followed with an RBI double off the left-field fence, and Henry Blanco and Everth Cabrera had RBI singles. Down 7-4 entering the ninth inning, the Padres staged a five-run rally, capped by Chase Headley's three-run, walk-off homer.
Royals on the mound: After Brown's one-out double, Davies issued two walks to load the bases but wiggled out of the jam. He worked 5 1/3 innings, charged with one run plus two hits and four walks. Lefty Heath Phillips relieved him and gave up four hits as the Padres scored four runs to tie. Closer Joakim Soria pitched two scoreless innings. Doug Waechter came in for the ninth and gave up three hits and a walk, recording just two outs. Joel Peralta came on and gave up Headley's decisive homer.
Padres on the mound: Starter Chris Young went 4 1/3 innings, exiting after Davies' single. Young gave up three runs, five hits and a walk but struck out five. Cesar Ramos pitched three innings, surrendering three runs and eight hits and a walk.
Cactus League records: Royals 13-9-3, Padres 5-15-3.
Up next: The Padres travel to Tempe, Ariz., on Tuesday for a 1:05 p.m. PT game against the Los Angeles Angels. Cha Seung Baek will make his sixth start after going 1-3 with a 7.53 ERA in his first five games. Joe Saunders is scheduled to start for the Angels.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.