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Padres roll with seven-run frame in Cactus finale

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Nine different players knocked in runs on Wednesday as the Padres defeated the Royals, 9-5, in the Cactus League finale for both teams at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Kansas City pitcher James Shields, who will start Opening Day, was ambushed early, allowing seven runs on six hits in the first inning alone. He settled down thereafter, allowing one more hit over his last three innings.

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In all, Shields allowed seven runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in four innings.

San Diego pitcher Ian Kennedy, the No. 2 starter in the team's rotation, allowed three runs on six hits in two innings. His next start will come on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Kennedy allowed consecutive home runs to Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez in the second innings. For Gordon, it was his third home run of the spring. For Perez, it was home run No. 4.

Perez was hit on the helmet behind his left ear with a pitch during the third inning. He stayed on the ground for a minute or so before leaving the game under his own power.

Royals head athletic trainer Nick Kenney reported that it was a "non-concussive head impact" and that no tests were planned for Perez.

"I'm really fine," Perez said through a team spokesman.

Alcides Escobar and Pedro Ciriaco, who went 2-for-3, also had RBI singles for the Royals.

Yonder Alonso had three hits for the Padres to raise his average to .426 this spring.

San Diego pitcher Robbie Erlin, the likely No. 5 starter, tossed four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out six.

Up next: The Padres are off on Thursday before opening a two-game exhibition series at Fowler Park on the campus of the University of San Diego at 6:10 p.m. PT on Friday against the Indians. The teams will play again on Saturday. Matt Wisler, who is a consideration for the fifth starter job, but will likely start the season in the Minor Leagues, is scheduled to start for the Padres on Friday. The club will have several Minor Leaguers who will play for the nearby Class A Lake Elsinore Storm as part of the roster for the weekend. Tickets for the games are still available through the school. MLB.TV and FOX Sports San Diego will televise, while 1090 AM radio will broadcast the games.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter.

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