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Daulton Varsho’s 3-run homer keys Blue Jays’ 5-2 win over Padres


Daulton Varsho hit a three-run homer and Jose Berrios pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

Berrios (4-0) allowed six hits, struck out six and lowered his ERA to 0.85. He has won all four of his starts for Toronto, which has six victories in its last seven games.

Jordan Romano pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Varsho’s home run off Randy Vasquez (0-1) capped a three-run first inning for the Blue Jays, with all the runs unearned after a throwing error by Padres third baseman Graham Pauley. It was Varsho’s third homer in the last three games. He homered, doubled and singled in four at-bats.

Vasquez, who was added to the roster Saturday from Triple-A El Paso, allowed four runs – one earned – and four hits in four innings in his first big league game of the season.

The Padres, who have scored just four runs in the past three gamestrailed 4-0 in the fifth inning. San Diego had a prime chance against Berrios, but Manny Machado hit a first-pitch infield popup with two outs and the bases loaded to end the scoring opportunity.

Erik Swanson gave up a run in the eighth, but quelled the Padres’ rally by inducing Eguy Rosario into a groundout with two outs and runners on second and third to preserve the Blue Jays’ 4-2 lead.

Padres manager Mike Shildt and left fielder Jurickson Profar were both ejected in the first by plate umpire Ramon De Jesus. Profar threw his bat down violently after being called out on a third strike, which led to the ejection. Shildt came out to argue and got in a shouting match with De Jesus and was subsequently tossed.


Blue Jays: RHP Chad Green was put on the 15-day IL, retroactive to April 17, with a right teres major strain. … RHP Nate Pearson was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

Padres: Vasquez filled in for Yu Darvish, who was placed on the IL with neck tightness. … RHP Logan Gillaspie was optioned to El Paso. … Pauley was recalled from El Paso, while IF Matthew Batten was sent down.


Blue Jays RHP Chris Bassitt (2-2, 4.03) takes the mound on Sunday in the final game of the series against RHP Joe Musgrove (2-2, 6.29).

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