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Royals Rally to Down Padres 14-10

June 29, 2002

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Mike Sweeney homered for the fourth straight game and drove in five runs as the Kansas City Royals rallied from two five-run deficits to beat the San Diego Padres 14-10 Friday night.

Sweeney, who leads the majors with a .367 batting average, extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games. He had a bases-clearing double in a five-run seventh as the Royals took the lead for the first time.

Sweeney homered in the second with Aaron Guiel, who had three hits and scored three runs, aboard. Sweeney tied his own club record with home runs in four consecutive games. He also did it June 28-July 1 of last season.

The Royals’ five-run seventh also included reliever Jeremy Fikac balking home Michael Tucker, who had three hits. Rookie left-hander Eric Cyr (0-1), who started the inning, took the loss in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

Jason Grimsley (3-3), the fourth Kansas City pitcher, got the victory. The Royals have won four straight, matching their season high.

The Padres lost their second straight game in which they had a five-run lead.

San Diego starter Brian Lawrence departed in the fifth inning, when the Royals scored four runs to draw to 9-8. Joe Randa drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single to chase Lawrence.

Raul Ibanez, who had a career-high four hits, greeted Cyr with a run-scoring single. Cyr walked Luis Alicea with the bases loaded to force in Randa with the final run of the inning.

D’Angelo Jimenez went 4-for-4 and drove in a career-high four runs for the Padres. He tripled with the bases loaded in a five-run first and doubled home Deivi Cruz in the fourth. Jimenez has 11 RBIs in the past three games.

Royals rookie starter Miguel Asencio retired only two of his nine batters. He walked five and threw only 17 strikes in 45 pitches before being replaced by Mac Suzuki.

Asencio’s outing was similar to his major league debut April 6, when he walked four Chicago White Sox batters on 16 pitches before being pulled. Asencio was making his first appearance since June 14 after he skipped a start because of elbow inflammation.

Asencio walked Mark Kotsay, Ryan Klesko and Bubba Trammell to load the bases. Ray Lankford’s two-out single scored two.

After Asencio walked Cruz to load the bases again, Jimenez tripled to right to clear them.

Kotsay singled home Jimenez in the third and has at least one RBI in eight of his past 11 games.

Trammell had a career-high four hits.

Notes: Cruz’s RBI double in the fourth was his first extra-base hit since May 29, a span of 23 games. ... Royals rookie LHP Jeremy Affeldt, on the disabled list with a blister on his finger, is scheduled to throw a simulated game Saturday and report July 4 to Double-A Wichita to begin a rehab assignment. ... Royals rookie RHP Shawn Sedlacek starts Saturday on his 26th birthday.

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