TORONTO (AP) — Pitching against the Blue Jays for the first time, Padres rookie Luis Perdomo made a big impression on Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion.
Adam Rosales hit a two-run home run, Alex Dickerson and Brett Wallace each hit solo shots and the Padres beat the Blue Jays 8-4 Wednesday, avoiding a three-game sweep.
San Diego extended its club-record streak of games with at least one home run to 25. That’s the longest run since the 2002 Texas Rangers set a major league record by homering in 27 straight.
“Our lineup has a lot of talent,” Dickerson said. “Every single guy is a threat to take you deep.”
Perdomo (5-4) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 /-3 innings to win back-to-back starts.
Encarnacion, who went 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Perdomo, asked San Diego catcher Christian Bethancourt for a scouting report on the young hurler.
“He asked me about him,” Bethancourt said. “He’s like: ‘Who is he? Where did he come from?'”
After Bethancourt explained that Perdomo was a Rule 5 pick who had never pitched above Class-A before this season, Encarnacion asked the Padres catcher to pass along a compliment on his behalf.
“He said: ‘Just tell him to keep doing it, he’s doing great. I’m glad to see kids have success like that.'”
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was equally impressed by Perdomo, who came in with a 6.93 ERA.
“Great arm, it didn’t look like a six-plus (ERA),” Gibbons said. “He had great life on the ball, nice little breaking ball. I was really impressed.”
To Padres manager Andy Green, no one else in the majors has made strides as big as Perdomo this season.
“That’s exciting because he’s part of our future,” Green said.
Wallace reached base three times. He was hit by a pitch and scored on Rosales’ homer in the third, connected off R.A. Dickey in the fifth and hit an RBI single off Joe Biagini in the sixth.
Dickerson homered for the fourth time in four games when he connected off Franklin Morales in the eighth. He is first Padres rookie to homer in four straight games.
“He’s amazing,” Bethancourt said. “I was telling him he looks like a video game. Every time he’s in the batter’s box, you think he’s going to hit a homer.”
Dickey (7-12) allowed seven runs, six earned, and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, starting on three days of rest after the Blue Jays adjusted their rotation for a weekend series against Baltimore.
The knuckleballer is winless in three starts and has allowed six home runs in that span.
“It’s been a little bit of a rut,” Dickey said.” I was going pretty good before the All-Star break and I’ve run into a little adversity here the last three outings.”
Dickey has surrendered 26 home runs this season, tying him with Kansas City’s Ian Kennedy and Chris Young for most in the majors.
Melvin Upton Jr. made his first start for Toronto after being acquired from San Diego on Tuesday. He went 1 for 4 with a single.
Right-hander Joaquin Benoit made his Blue Jays debut with a scoreless ninth. Toronto traded right-hander Drew Storen to Seattle for Benoit on Tuesday night.
BETHANCOURT’S BIG DASH
Bethancourt circled the bases after hitting an RBI double in the sixth, advancing to third on Kevin Pillar’s fielding error and scoring on an errant relay throw by Devon Travis. “It was fun,” Bethancourt said. “I got tired.”
Padres: 3B Yangervis Solarte was placed on the family leave list, meaning he will be out three to seven days. San Diego recalled INF/OF Alexi Amarista and LHP Buddy Baumann from Triple-A El Paso.
Blue Jays: RHP Bo Schultz was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Benoit.
Padres: After an off day Thursday, San Diego opens a three-game series at home to Cincinnati on Friday. RHP Edwin Jackson (1-0, 2.92) starts against Reds LHP Brandon Finnegan (5-8, 4.93). Jackson is 403 with a 3.99 ERA in 10 career games against Cincinnati.
Blue Jays: Toronto is off Thursday before opening a three-game series against AL East-leading Baltimore on Friday. RHP Marco Estrada (5-4, 2.94) was pushed back two days to start against the Orioles. Estrada is winless in four starts. RHP Kevin Gausman (2-7, 3.77) starts for Baltimore.