Vargas tires in 5th, Royals edge Padres 9-6 in 10 - NBC Sports

Vargas tires in 5th, Royals edge Padres 9-6 in 10
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Kansas City Royals' Danny Valencia is forced out at second as San Diego Padres' Jedd Gyorko throws to first during the second inning of a spring exhibition baseball game Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
March 16, 2014, 8:06 pm

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Jason Vargas cruised through four innings before allowing two home runs in the fifth during the Kansas City Royals' 9-6 victory over the San Diego Padres in 10 innings Sunday.

Jedd Gyorko's first-inning single was the only hit off Vargas until Yonder Alonso's leadoff homer. It was the second earned run given up by Vargas in 14 innings this spring. Three batters later, Kyle Blanks hit a two-run shot.

Vargas finished the fifth, allowing three runs and four hits with four strikeouts.

Carlos Peguero hit a solo homer in the third off Padres starter Ian Kennedy, who reached his 80-pitch limit with two outs in the fifth.

Kennedy gave up four runs and eight hits. He has allowed eight runs and 16 hits in his last two starts.

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