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Daulton Varsho’s 3-run homer sets up Blue Jays’ 5-2 win over Padres

SAN DIEGO — Daulton Varsho hit a three-run homer and José Berríos pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

Berríos (4-0) allowed six hits, struckout six and lowered his ERA to 0.85. He won all four of his starts for Toronto, which has six wins in its last seven games.

Jordan Romano pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Varsho’s home run off Randy Vásquez (0-1) capped a three-run first inning for the Blue Jays, with all runs unearned after a throwing error by Padres third baseman Graham Pauley. It was Varsho’s third homerun in the last three games. He homered, doubled and singled in four at-bats.

Vásquez, who was added to the roster on Saturday from Triple-A El Paso, allowed four runs (one earned) and four hits in four innings in his first big league game of the season.

The Padres, who have scored just four runs in the past three games, trailed 4-0 in the fifth inning. San Diego had a great opportunity against Berríos, but Manny Machado hit an infield pop-up on the first pitch with two outs and the bases loaded, ending the scoring opportunity.

Erik Swanson gave up a run in the eighth, but stifled the Padres’ rally by getting Eguy Rosario to groundout with two outs and runners on second and third base, preserving the Blue Jays’ 4-2 lead.

Padres manager Mike Shildt and left fielder Jurickson Profar were both ejected in the first inning by plate umpire Ramon De Jesus. Profar threw his bat down violently after being called on a third strike, leading to the ejection. Shildt came out to argue and got into a shouting match with De Jesus before being thrown out.

Blue Jays: RHP Chad Green was placed on the 15-day IL, retroactive to April 17, with a major right side pressure. … RHP Nate Pearson was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

Padres: Vásquez filled in for Yu Darvish, who was placed on the IL with neck issues. … RHP Logan Gillaspie was optioned to El Paso. …Pauley was recalled from El Paso, while IF Matthew Batten was sent down.

Blue Jays RHP Chris Bassitt (2-2, 4.03) takes the mound on Sunday in the final game of the series against RHP Joe Musgrove (2-2, 6.29).

AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB

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