Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Renfroe Hits Tiebreaking Homer in Eighth Inning as Padres Beat Blue Jays 6-3

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Renfroe Hits Tiebreaking Homer in Eighth Inning as Padres Beat Blue Jays 6-3

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Renfroe homer helps Padres to 6-3 win

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TORONTO - His frustration evident, Toronto reliever Daniel Hudson bit the top of his glove as he slowly walked back to the mound after making an untimely throwing error in the eighth inning.

Hudson had speared a comebacker but his throw to second base was wide, putting runners on the corners. Hunter Renfroe followed with a tiebreaking three-run homer and the San Diego Padres were on their way to a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night.

"We had a chance to turn a double play and we didn't do it," said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. "That's why we lost that game actually. I know we only had three hits but we battled back and we were in the game.

"He made a big pitch, he got the ground ball and he just couldn't finish and threw the ball away."

Austin Hedges opened the scoring for San Diego with a solo homer in the third inning and Greg Garcia added a solo shot in the fifth to make it 3-0.

The Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom half of the frame. Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., followed with a solo shot.

Renfroe's blast came on an 0-2 fastball from Hudson (3-2). It was his ninth go-ahead home run of the year and 12th homer overall.

The result sent the struggling Blue Jays (20-31) to their ninth loss in 11 games at Rogers Centre. Toronto has dropped 17 of 23 overall and is 11 games under the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Both starting pitchers came out firing in front of an announced crowd of 19,480.

Toronto's Trent Thornton opened the game with back-to-back strikeouts and fanned the side in the second inning. San Diego's Joey Lucchesi, meanwhile, struck out eight of the first 10 batters he faced.

Gurriel, who played left field, was called up from triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day along with second baseman Cavan Biggio, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his big-league debut. …

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