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Padres take advantage of Blue Jays' help to stop losing streak

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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The sixth was the second inning in a row they had the bases loaded with less than two outs.

A single by Jackson Merrill, walk by Tyler Wade and single by Xander Bogaerts brought Fernando Tatis Jr. to the plate with one out in the fifth. Tatis lined out to second baseman Davis Schneider, who threw to second base to double up Wade, who was well on his way to third base.

Turns out, there is margin for error, however, when not playing from way behind.

That has not happened the previous two days. The Blue Jays scored in the first inning in both of the series' first two games and led 5-0 after two innings Friday and 4-0 after two innings Saturday.

Musgrove did not allow that to happen Sunday, getting through the top of the first in seven pitches.

For the first time since Wednesday — a span of 19 innings — the Padres were not trailing when they came to bat.

 

And with some of the kind of help the Padres had given the Blue Jays the previous two days — committing a crucial first-inning error that led to three runs Saturday and paying for two gaffes that weren't ruled errors in the second inning Tuesday — the Padres had their first lead in four games.

Cronenworth singled with two outs in the bottom of the first and scored when Machado's single went under the glove of a charging Springer.

Musgrove had thrown just three balls to the first five batters he faced before going went to a full-count against Schneider and grooved a fastball that was hit into the seats beyond left field to tie the game.

Musgrove had another fastball launched over the left field wall, though this one was nowhere near the center of the plate. It wasn't even close to the strike zone, as Ernie Clement reached up for a pitch practically neck high to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead at the start of the second.

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