SAN DIEGO -- Alex Gordon singled home Eric Hosmer in the top of the 11th Tuesday to break a 1-1 tie and lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Gordon, the Royals' left fielder, was hitless in his previous 13 at-bats before he grounded a single past second baseman Jedd Gyorko into right off Padres right-handed reliever Nick Vincent.
Hosmer, the Kansas City first baseman who homered off Vincent on Monday, opened the 11th with a double over the head of Padres left fielder Seth Smith.
Pinch hitter Billy Butler followed Gordon's hit with a double over the head of Padres right fielder Chris Denorfia to give the Royals a two-run lead.
Right-hander Wade Davis (2-1) threw two scoreless innings and picked up the win for the Royals, who snapped a season-worst, five-game losing streak. Right-hander Greg Holland recorded his eighth save.
Vincent (0-1) suffered the loss, ending a two-game San Diego winning streak.
A defensive gem by Padres first baseman Kyle Blanks in the top of the ninth extended the game. Blanks threw out Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at the plate to complete a double play.
Escobar reached first with one out in the ninth by legging out an infield single to the right side. With center fielder Lorenzo Cain at the plate, Escobar stole second and third on consecutive pitches by right-hander Huston Street.
Cain then hit a high pop in foul territory down the right field line behind first. Blanks made the catch, then threw a strike to the plate to nail Escobar, who tagged up on the play.
Kansas City starting pitcher Jeremie Guthrie held the Padres to one run on four hits and a walk over eight innings. He struck out two.
The score was tied 1-1 after six innings thanks to an exchange of home runs by opposing catchers.
Yasmani Grandal put the Padres ahead with a 350-foot drive to right in the fourth off Royals right-handed starter Jeremy Guthrie.
The home run was Grandal's second in as many nights, his third in five games and his team-leading fourth of the season. The homer also allowed Grandal to tie a Padres record with extra-base hits in six consecutive games while catching. Terry Kennedy set the mark in 1983.
Salvador Perez pulled the Royals even when he led off the sixth with a 352-foot drive down the line into the left field seats off Padres left-handed starter Robbie Erlin.
A night after all seven members of the Padres bullpen worked in a 6-5, 12-inning win over the Royals, Erlin allowed one run on three hits, four walks and a hit batter over seven innings. He struck out five.
NOTES: Padres 3B Chase Headley (1-for-3) and LF Carlos Quentin
(0-for-2 with a walk) made rehab starts Tuesday night for the Class A Lake Elsinore. The Padres expect to activate Headley (right calf strain) on Saturday, but aren't set on the 2014 debut of Quentin (bone bruise left knee). ... San Diego CF Cameron Maybin missed Tuesday's game after leaving Monday night in the seventh inning with a stomach illness. ... Royals 2B Omar Infante doubled in the first inning to end a 1-for-15 drought.