Sanchez stel­lar through 7 as Jays top­ple Padres

San Diego loses 4-2 in first trip to Toronto, Don­ald­son, Tu­low­itzki, Pil­lar, Travis get RBIs

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - ERIC KOREEN

TORONTO — Aaron Sanchez was dom­i­nant once again as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the San Diego Padres, 4-2, in in­ter­league base­ball ac­tion Monday night.

Sanchez (11-1), who pitched in the all-star game ear­lier in the month, al­lowed just three hits over seven in­nings. He also struck out seven bat­ters, four of whom went down look­ing.

Ja­son Grilli, Bo Schultz and Roberto Osuna, who picked up his 21st save, com­bined to close out the game. Josh Don­ald­son, Troy Tu­low­itzki, Kevin Pil­lar and Devon Travis had RBIs for the Blue Jays (56-44).

It was the sev­enth-straight start that Sanchez had al­lowed two or fewer runs. He has ac­com­plished that feat in nine of his pre­vi­ous 10 starts.

The game also marked Jose Bautista’s re­turn to the lineup. The right-fielder missed 30 games be­cause of turf toe in his right big toe, an in­jury he suf­fered on June 16 in Philadel­phia. He walked and sin­gled in four plate ap­pear­ances.

Alex Dick­er­son had three of the Padres’ (43-57) five hits, in­clud­ing a two-run home run off of Schultz in the ninth in­ning that reached the up­per deck.

This was the first time the Padres had ever played a game in Toronto. Now all 30 Ma­jor League teams have vis­ited the other 29 teams at least once. Toronto has played three se­ries in San Diego.

Sanchez did not al­low a hit that left the in­field un­til the sev­enth in­ning, when Dick­er­son led off with a dou­ble. Be­fore that, Dick­er­son and Yangervis So­larte had man­aged meek in­field sin­gles. Other than that, Sanchez cruised. When the Padres made con­tact at all, it was weak. Harm­less pop outs and grounders were the norm. Sanchez low­ered his earned-run av­er­age to 2.72, the sec­ond-low­est mark in the Amer­i­can League.

The Blue Jays did not record a hit through three in­nings off of Colin Rea (5-5). When they broke through, how­ever, the hard-hit balls came in quick suc­ces­sion.

Michael Saun­ders tripled for Toronto’s first hit of the game in the fourth in­ning, and then Tu­low­itzki hit a sac­ri­fice fly to the warn­ing track that San Diego cen­tre­fielder Travis Janowski had to leap to catch. Rus­sell Martin then sent a ball to the warn­ing track in the next at-bat.

Pil­lar laced a dou­ble to the gap to lead off the fifth in­ning, and Travis dou­bled him home on a bro­ken-bat drive. Don­ald­son sin­gled home Travis two bat­ters later.

Pil­lar, who had three of the Blue Jays’ nine hits, dou­bled home Tu­low­itzki in the eighth in­ning.

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