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SAN DIEGO - Right-hander James Shields blanked the Padres on seven hits over seven innings and first baseman Eric Hosmer drove in four runs with three singles Wednesday afternoon as Kansas City defeated the Padres 8-0 at Petco Park.

The anticipated pitching duel between Shields and Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner never materialized as the Royals scored three in the top of the first before Shields ever took the mound.

Shields (4-3) also issued two walks and hit a batter while running his Major League-best record to 13-1 over his last 16 starts on the road.

The worst threat to Shields came in the second when the Padres had three singles. But Hosmer's throw behind Cameron Maybin doubled the Padres center fielder off second, ending the threat.

The Padres also failed to score with runners on first and second and one out in the fifth as they suffered their Major League-leading sixth shutout.

Cashner (2-5) worked only four innings in his shortest outing since he lasted only two innings last July 5 against Washington. He allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks. He had four strikeouts.

The die was cast in the first as Cashner threw 43 of his 92 pitches. Two of Kansas City's three runs in the first were unearned thanks to errors by shortstop Everth Cabrera on a pair of ground balls.

Royals right fielder Nori Aoki opened the inning on a single and reached second when Cabrera bobbled shortstop Alcides Escobar's grounder for his first error. Aoki and Escobar advanced on a double steal and scored on Hosmer's two-run single to sight.

Second baseman Danny Valencia singled home Hosmer after Cabrera failed to field left fielder Alex Gordon's grounder to short.

Hosmer also singled home runs in in the sixth and eighth. Hosmer was 7-for-15 with a home run and seven RBIs in the series.

Aoki and Valencia also had three hits for the Royals.

NOTES: The Padres added RHP Hector Ambriz to the 40-man roster and promoted him Wednesday after the bullpen worked 11 1/3 innings in back-to-back extra-inning games. INF Jace Peterson was optioned to Triple A El Paso to make room for Ambriz on the 25-man roster. . . . The Royals won the final two games of the series after losing their first seven games at Petco Park in interleague play. ... The Padres lost their first replay challenge of the season. Padres manager Bud Black is now 4-1.
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