Justin Turner Leads Blue Jays to 5-1 Victory Over Padres

Justin Turner's homer and RBI single led the Blue Jays to a 5-1 win over the Padres. Toronto's strong pitching and timely hitting bode well as they look to climb the AL East standings.

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Justin Turner Leads Blue Jays to 5-1 Victory Over Padres

Justin Turner Leads Blue Jays to 5-1 Victory Over Padres

Justin Turner hit a solo home run and an RBI single to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Friday night. The Blue Jays scored four runs in the second inning, with Kevin Kiermaier hitting a two-run double and Turner and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. each adding an RBI single.

Toronto starter Yariel Rodriguez pitched well, giving up three hits and one run while striking out seven over four innings. The Blue Jays' bullpen was also effective, with reliever Bowden Francis picking up the win after allowing one hit and no runs in two innings.

The Padres' only run came on a solo home run by Fernando Tatis Jr. in the third inning. San Diego starter Matt Waldron struggled, allowing seven hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss. The Padres' offense was limited, striking out a season-high 14 times and going 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Why this matters: The win was an important one for the Blue Jays, who have now won five of their last six games. The strong performance by their pitching staff and timely hitting from players like Turner bodes well as they look to climb the standings in the competitive AL East division.

The Blue Jays outhit the Padres 11-5 in the game. "The quality of at-bats has significantly improved throughout the lineup during our recent winning streak," Turner said after the game. Manny Machado's 11-game hitting streak was halted, as he went 0-for-4. The loss dropped the Padres back to.500 on the season.

Key Takeaways

  • Blue Jays defeat Padres 5-1, led by Turner's HR and RBI single.
  • Blue Jays starter Rodriguez pitched 4 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 7 K's.
  • Padres' Tatis Jr. hit a solo HR, but Waldron took the loss.
  • Blue Jays outhit Padres 11-5, improving their recent winning streak.
  • Padres' Machado's 11-game hitting streak ended, dropping them to .500.