The San Diego Padres just won their first series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
They'll go for the sweep Sunday night.
Since losing five of six, San Diego (26-29) has won four of five, including 4-3 victories in the first two games of this series. However, Saturday's victory finished in 2 hours, 21 minutes compared to Friday's 4 hour, 58-minute marathon that ended with Jesus Guzman 's single in the 17th inning.
"It's very important (we won this one quicker than Friday)," said shortstop Everth Cabrera , who finished with three singles and two RBIs. "Winning two games in the series - we gotta keep doing it for tomorrow."
The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and a post-race concert by The Psychedelic Furs at Petco Park will push back the start of Sunday's game to 7:10 p.m.
The Padres, 6-2 against AL teams since losing their first three interleague games this season, are now 4-4 all-time against Toronto. Edinson Volquez (4-5, 5.20 ERA) will try to give San Diego the edge in that series.
The veteran right-hander had an encouraging outing in Tuesday's 6-1 victory at Seattle, giving up one run in a season-high 7 2-3 innings. Volquez had yielded five runs in each of his previous two starts, both home losses."That's as good a hook as he's had all year," manager Bud Black said.
That could have been because Volquez, who had been dealing with a blister, was pushed back one day so that Clayton Richard could get a start following a stint on the DL.
Volquez also could have felt more comfortable with catcher Yasmani Grandal making his season debut following a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test. Volquez, Grandal and Yonder Alonso arrived from Cincinnati in December 2011 for Mat Latos .
Volquez has an 8.68 ERA in two starts against Toronto, both losses while with the Reds.
While the Padres have won 15 of 21 at home, the Blue Jays (23-33) have dropped three straight and eight of 11 outside Toronto."We swung the bats really well (with 11 hits)," manager John Gibbons said. "But we got beat by a couple of infield hits. That's baseball. That happens sometimes."
Brandon Morrow was slated to start on Sunday, but he was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday with a right forearm strain.
In his place will be Ramon Ortiz (1-2, 5.01), who was just sent down Friday. The 40-year-old right-hander has pitched in six games this season, most recently a 7-6, 10-inning loss to Atlanta on Tuesday when he was tagged for two homers for a third consecutive appearance.
Ortiz, 1-2 with a 3.77 ERA in three starts, hasn't faced the Padres since 2011 while with the Chicago Cubs . He's 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two career starts at Petco Park.
Ortiz may not have to face Alonso, who didn't play Saturday after getting hit by a pitch on his right hand Friday, but Cabrera and Will Venable should be in the lineup. Venable is 4 for 5 with a triple and a double off Ortiz, while Cabrera is 2 for 4 with a double.
Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus , 6 for 11 with a homer and three RBIs in this series, is 2 for 10 versus Volquez.
Toronto hasn't dropped four straight since May 1-4.
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|June 01, 2013||Brandon Morrow||15-Day DL||Right forearm strain|
|May 28, 2013||Brett Lawrie||15-Day DL||Left ankle sprain|
|May 28, 2013||Brett Lawrie||Day-to-Day||Ankle sprain|
|May 19, 2013||Darren Oliver||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|May 11, 2013||Rajai Davis||15-Day DL||Strained oblique|
|May 10, 2013||Rajai Davis||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained oblique|
|San Diego Padres|
|May 31, 2013||Yonder Alonso||Day-to-Day||Bruised hand|
|May 30, 2013||Huston Street||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|May 05, 2013||Clayton Richard||15-Day DL||Intestinal virus|
|May 05, 2013||Clayton Richard||15-Day DL||Intestinal virus|
|May 03, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|April 21, 2013||Kyle Blanks||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder injury|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Toronto's bullpen was lights-out in a three-game series against San Diego, from a series-opening, 17-inning game that stretched from Friday night into Saturday morning through Sunday night's finale, when the Blue Jays lost 40-year-old starter Ramon Ortiz to an apparent right elbow injury.
Mark DeRosa hit a go-ahead homer into the second deck in left field leading off the 11th inning and the Blue Jays beat the Padres 7-4 Sunday night to avoid a three-game sweep.
Six relievers allowed just two singles in nine innings of scoreless relief after Ortiz was hurt throwing his third pitch to Chase Headley leading off the Padres' third.
For the series, the pen allowed just one run and 10 hits in 22 2-3 innings while striking out 16 and walking eight.
"They truly have been great all year for us and we've certainly needed them to be that way to keep our heads above water," DeRosa said. "You never like to use them that much, but tonight was an exception to the rule."
It was the second extra-inning game of the series. The Padres won Friday night's game 4-3 in 17 innings.
Ortiz came up holding his right elbow after making his third pitch to Headley. He slammed his glove to the ground at the back of the mound. A trainer came out and was looking at his right elbow.
Ortiz appeared to be crying as he walked to the dugout.
"What a kind of somber game for us, and kind of watching him reflect on his career and hopefully he didn't throw his last pitch," DeRosa said. "Tough series. We had to win this game. Definitely made for a happier flight. Everyone contributed. Bullpen was asked to do a heck of a lot, not only in this game, but in the 17-inning game."
Manager John Gibbons said Ortiz's injury "doesn't look good." The pitcher is scheduled to travel to Florida to have an MRI.
The Blue Jays have thrown the most innings of any bullpen in the majors.
"We're proud of it, but then again, we're only as good as our next one," reliever Steve Delabar said. "When the phone rings and we get up, we have to do it again."
Casey Janssen (1-0) pitched the 10th for the win. Aaron Loup pitched the 11th for his second save.
"We weren't able to solve them," Padres manager Bud Black said of Toronto's pen. "We had some good swings versus Ortiz, but when they went to their pen, we couldn't solve any of their guys. We couldn't muster any offense. I can't explain it except their bullpen did a great job this series."
Ortiz was recalled before Saturday's game when Brandon Morrow was placed on the disabled list with a forearm strain.
DeRosa drove a 3-1 pitch from Brad Boxberger (0-1) an estimated 428 feet, his fourth, in the 11th inning.
It was the first of five straight hits opening the three-run inning. The Blue Jays' second run that inning came in on third baseman Headley's throwing error and Jose Bautista hit an RBI double.
An inning before he was hurt, Ortiz allowed a three-run homer to San Diego starter Edinson Volquez , his first in the big leagues.
Volquez's homer capped a four-run inning that gave the Padres a 4-1 lead. Rookie Jedd Gyorko was aboard on an RBI double and Will Venable on an intentional walk.
Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion homered for the second time in three games, reaching the second deck in left field with two outs in the third. It was his 16th.
The Blue Jays tied it in the fifth on Adam Lind 's two-run double off center fielder Alexi Amarista 's glove against the fence. Melky Cabrera was aboard on a single and Encarnacion on a two-out walk.
Volquez allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, struck out seven and walked three.
NOTES: It was the first time in 303 career games in 12 seasons that Ortiz surrendered a home run to a pitcher. ... Gyorko had his first career stolen base in the sixth. ... Padres LF Carlos Quentin crashed into the wall while catching Cabrera's fly ball to end the eighth with runners on first and third. ... The Padres recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tucson and optioned LHP Robbie Erlin to Tucson. Erlin earned his first big league win in his first start on Saturday night while filling in for LHP Clayton Richard , who pitched the final two innings of San Diego's 17-inning victory against Toronto that started Friday night and ended just into Saturday morning. ... Boxberger has made 17 relief appearances with Tucson this season, going 0-3 with a 5.73 ERA. This is his second stint with the Padres this season, posting a 0.00 ERA in two relief appearances. ... The Padres start a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday night, when LHP Eric Stults (4-4, 3.86) is scheduled to face LHP Chris Capuano (1-4, 5.45). It'll be the first time Quentin plays at Dodger Stadium since breaking Zach Greinke's collarbone in a brawl at Petco Park on April 11. The Padres opened a three-game series at Dodger Stadium four days after that brawl, but Quentin was serving an eight-game suspension. ... The Blue Jays are off Monday before continuing their trip with a two-game series at San Francisco starting Tuesday night, when RHP Josh Johnson (0-1, 6.86) faces RHP Tim Lincecum (3-5, 5.12).