— — The Kansas City Chiefs are on a hot streak and in a strong position to win the AL West again this season.
The team beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Sunday in Kansas City’s first game after being shut out in the series finale.
The Chiefs won their second straight game, and they’re now 2-0 in the past three games.
Topeka and Kansas City played to a 3-2 tie in Kansas last year.
The game also marked the second straight win for Kansas City (17-15, 13-10 Western Conference) and the third straight for Topeka (12-15), who won the Western Conference Championship on May 1.
The Kings are 6-2 since their loss to the Padres on May 7.
K.C. won six straight at home from May 7-20 and the Chiefs won five straight from June 8-16, including a 3,000-yard, three-game streak to end the season.
Kansas City will host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
“It’s a good team.
It’s a young team,” Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel said.
“We’re just going to keep playing.
We know what we’re capable of doing.
We’re not worried about it.”
The Chiefs will need a big comeback from top scorer Chris Conley, who missed Saturday’s game with a groin injury.
Conley had 10 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in his previous three games, and he’s scored a team-high 11 touchdowns in the three games since his return from his hamstring injury.
Kansas State quarterback Jake Rodrigues was a big reason the Chiefs led the country in scoring last year with 4,914 yards.
He was also the only FBS player to lead the nation in passing yards (3,934), passing touchdowns (23) and total offense (4,845) for the Wildcats.
Rodrigues finished his career with 463 touchdown passes and 2,849 yards and is tied for fourth on the Wildcats all-time list with 9,621 career passing yards.
Rodrigue is tied with his father, former NFL quarterback Jim Rodrigues, for the most touchdown passes in school history.
The Cardinals defeated the Chiefs on Sept. 10, 2007, to win their fourth straight game.
“I can’t really put a dollar value on it, but that’s just what we go through,” Cardinals linebacker Deon Grant said.
The Kansas State Wildcats won six consecutive games from March 3-11 before losing the final game of that stretch to Arizona State.
The Wildcats are 5-3 since their season ended with a 41-17 loss to Fresno State on Saturday.
“They just put it all out there,” Kansas State safety Cody Buell said.
Kansas state has been ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25 since the start of the 2017 regular season.
Buella has thrown for 1,721 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Bears will host No. 3 Baylor in a game on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
The Baylor Bears are 6.5-point favorites in this game.
K-State will host West Virginia on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 a.m., and at least two games are available on the Big 12 schedule.
KSTU coach Tim McElwain was named the Big East Coach of the Week for the first time this season after leading the Mountaineers to a 10-0 record.
The Mountaineer defense has allowed a combined 35.3 points per game this season, third-fewest in the league behind only Louisville and New Mexico State.
McElWain is 6-1 this season against Big East opponents, including 6-0 at home against ranked teams.
“These are the toughest games we’ll play this year.
You want to win, and we do,” McElwyas said.
KSU quarterback Austin Davis, who has thrown two touchdown passes against the Bears, threw for a season-high 300 yards and two touchdowns in his last two starts against them.
Davis has thrown four TD passes in a season opener and four in a career-best four-game stretch from May 16-June 1.
KU wide receiver Alex Lewis had three catches for 72 yards against the Cardinals.
“He’s doing everything we can expect out of him.
He’s just going out there and trying to make plays,” Davis said.
Lewis, a redshirt freshman, has caught five passes for 90 yards and three TDs in his career against the Wildcats, including three TD catches against the Rams last season.
“Alex’s got a big arm,” McElvain said.
Running back Samuelson has rushed for 1.88 yards per carry this season and is averaging 5.8 yards per attempt in his past three starts against KSU.
KUSC QB Chase Daniel, who started the