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Renfroe's 3-run blast pushes Padres past Jays for 4th straight win

Posted: 8:52 AM, May 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-25 11:52:57-04
San Diego Padres v Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) — When Hunter Renfroe has a chance to give the San Diego Padres a lead, he tends to make the most of the opportunity.

Friday night was no different.

Renfroe hit a tiebreaking, three-run home run in the eighth inning, Greg Garcia and Austin Hedges also went deep, and the Padres beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 for their fourth straight win.

It's the ninth time this season Renfroe has homered to give his team a lead, tying him with teammate Franmil Reyes for second-most in the majors. Only Milwaukee's Christian Yelich (10) has done it more often.

"He loves those situations," manager Andy Green said of Renfroe. "It's been really, really impressive."

Toronto became the first team to start two players with Hall of Fame fathers after calling up Cavan Biggio — son of Craig — for his big league debut. Biggio started at second and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was at third.

Renfroe snapped a 3-3 tie by homering on an 0-2 pitch from right-hander Daniel Hudson (3-2). It was his 12th home run of the season, the fifth with two strikes.

"He threw two fastballs right down the middle, and I was a little upset at myself for not swinging at them," Renfroe said. "I was able to get my two-strike approach down and battle and able to hit a ball enough on the barrel to get it out."

Matt Wisler (2-1) got one out for the win and Craig Stammen finished for his second save in six opportunities.

Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a solo shot, but Toronto lost its fourth straight. The Blue Jays are 6-16 in May.

Padres left-hander Joey Lucchesi was perfect through four innings, striking out eight, including six straight.

"I felt locked in," Lucchesi said.

Lucchesi has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four straight starts.

"I would have loved to see him get a win today," Green said. "He pitched really well."

Lucchesi walked Randal Grichuk on four pitches with one out in the fifth, and Galvis followed with a homer that bounced off the top of the wall in left, his seventh. Two pitches later, Gurriel tied it with his first home run of the season. Gurriel was called up along with Biggio.

Biggio went 0 for 3 and struck out twice.

Lucchesi allowed three runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out a career-high 11.

"He had us off-balance the whole time," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

Blue Jays right-hander Tyler Thornton allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out a career-high 10.

"My stuff was probably the best it has been all year," Thornton said. "I made two mistake pitches."

Those mistakes were the two homers Thornton allowed. Hedges opened the scoring with a solo drive in the third, his fifth, and Eric Hosmer made it 2-0 with a two-out RBI single.

Garcia extended the lead to 3-0 with a leadoff blast in the fifth, his second.

The Padres promoted slugging prospect Josh Naylor, who hit 10 homers in 45 games with Triple-A El Paso this season. Naylor is from Mississauga, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.