SAN DIEGO -- Two games, two dramatic wins. It may be just what the struggling San Diego Padres need.
"Coming on the heels of (Sunday's) win, it's great," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We are seeing subtle signs. These are the kind of games that can lift guys."
Denorfia led off the inning with a single off Louis Coleman before Collins came on. After a sacrifice, Alonso reached on a bloop double to left to bring up Venable.
For the offensively challenged Padres, the two games may be signs that the team is ready to break out of its season-long funk. San Diego is ranked near or at the bottom in the majors in just about every offensive category.
"Bottom line, we just have to get a W," Alonso said. "I don't care how we do it. We have seen it all. This game will do a lot of crazy things on you. (Sunday), we get a game-winner on a bunt swing. (Monday), Will hit a mammoth single. This game will do a lot of things to you. You just have to keep your head up."
The Padres rallied back with a pair of homers to tie the game twice and force extra innings.
"We are a team that doesn't give up, even if we are down by three runs," Alonso said. "We just keep chipping away, chipping away and the next thing you know we're winning the ball game."
Eric Hosmer homered and drove in three runs for Kansas City, which extended its season-high losing streak to five games despite a season-high 16 hits. Cain, who came off the disabled list before the game, had four hits.
"Any time you lose, it's painful, it hurts, especially when you are struggling a bit," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Hosmer hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot off Nick Vincent, to put Kansas City ahead 4-3 in the seventh.
"We had plenty of opportunities to put it away," Hosmer said. "That's just the way things are going right now. This is definitely one of the tougher losses of the season."
Ventura had allowed just two hits in five shutout innings before giving up Grandal's homer. The right-hander allowed five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out a career-high 10 in six innings. Ventura extended his scoreless innings streak to 18 scoreless innings before Grandal's homer.
Ventura collected his first major league hit with a sharp single leading off the fifth. Nori Aoki followed with a single and both runners moved up on a fly out. Hosmer grounded a two-run single up the middle for a 3-0 lead.
Padres starter Eric Stults had his second tough outing as he lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and 11 hits. The left-hander tied a season high by allowing five runs over 2 2/3 innings -- his shortest start since April 2009 -- in his last start.
Maybin left the game during the top of the seventh inning with a stomach ailment. ... Cain (left groin strain) was activated from 15-day DL and INF/OF Jimmy Paredes was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. ... Royals RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-2, 4.50 ERA) faces Padres LHP Robbie Erlin (1-4, 5.83) on Wednesday night.