Dickey hurt by the long ball

Padres avoid get­ting swept with 8-4 vic­tory at Rogers Cen­tre.

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Adam Ros­ales hit a two-run homer, one of three San Diego long balls on the day, and the Padres avoided a three-game sweep by beat­ing the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-4, in in­ter­league base­ball play Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Brett Wal­lace drove in a pair with a home run and a sin­gle and Alex Dick­er­son also went deep for the Padres (44-58), who scored in four con­sec­u­tive in­nings to hand R.A. Dickey his third straight loss.

Chris­tian Bethancourt was two for four with two dou­bles and an RBI and Luis Per­domo (5-4) got the win af­ter al­low­ing four runs on six hits, two walks and four strike­outs through 5 2/3 in­nings.

Dickey (7-12) gave up seven runs — six earned — on four hits, in­clud­ing two homers, four walks and a hit bat­ter. He also struck out five over 5 2/3 in­nings.

Kevin Pil­lar had a two-run dou­ble, Dar­win Bar­ney hit a sac­ri­fice fly, and Eze­quiel Car­rera drove in one for the Blue Jays (57-45).

Wed­nes­day’s game started just over 12 hours af­ter Toronto’s 12th in­ning walk-off vic­tory on Tues­day night. Reg­u­lars Troy Tu­low­itzki, Rus­sell Martin and Michael Saunders were given the day off.

Melvin Up­ton Jr., who was ac­quired by Toronto in a trade with San Diego on Tues­day, was in the start­ing lineup bat­ting fourth and play­ing left field. Joaquin Benoit, ac­quired late Tues­day night from Seat­tle in ex­change Drew Storen, pitched a score­less ninth with two walks and two strike­outs.

Dickey started strong, fac­ing the min­i­mum three bat­ters in the first de­spite a one-out walk to Wil My­ers. He picked off My­ers, his fourth pick­off of the sea­son, to tie him for first in the ma­jors with seven other pitch­ers.

The knuck­le­baller en­joyed another three-up three-down in­ning in the sec­ond, but his luck stopped there as San Diego man­aged runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth.

Ros­ales home­red to left-cen­tre field af­ter a hit by pitch to Wal­lace to give the Padres a 2-0 lead in the third, and sloppy de­fence gave way to two more San Diego runs in the fourth. Dickey is­sued a twoout walk to Ryan Schimpf, who came around to score on a dou­ble from Bethancourt and an er­ror on Pil­lar. Bethancourt then scored on a throw­ing er­ror to Devon Travis.

Wal­lace led off the fifth by launch­ing a 2-2 knuck­le­ball over the right-field wall for a 5-0 lead. The homer was the 112th al­lowed by Dickey since he be­came a Blue Jay in 2013.

At­ten­dance at Rogers Cen­tre was 47,301.

AARON VIN­CENT ELKAIM, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey pitched 5 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing four hits, in­clud­ing two home runs, five walks and seven runs, six of them earned.

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