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Volquez hits 3-run homer in Padres' loss

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SAN DIEGO (AP)

Edinson Volquez squared up and drove Ramon Ortiz's pitch into the left-field seats for a three-run home run, one of the few bright spots in San Diego's 7-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday night.

It was the first homer in Volquez's big league career.

''You know what they say? A moving bat is a dangerous bat,'' manager Bud Black said. ''That's what you saw.''

Mark DeRosa hit a go-ahead homer into the second deck in left field leading off the 11th inning and the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep.

It was the second extra-inning game of the series. The Padres won Friday night's game 4-3 in 17 innings.

Volquez's second-inning homer provided the bulk of San Diego's offense.

''After the home run, we really didn't do enough to put pressure on them and add on some runs,'' Will Venable said. ''We have to do a better job there than we did.''

Ortiz left in the third inning after appearing to hurt his right elbow.

DeRosa drove a 3-1 pitch from Brad Boxberger (0-1) an estimated 428 feet, his fourth.

It was the first of five straight hits opening the three-run inning. The Blue Jays' second run that inning came on third baseman Chase Headley's throwing error and Jose Bautista hit an RBI double.

Casey Janssen (1-0) pitched the 10th for the win. Aaron Loup pitched the 11th for his second save.

Six relievers allowed just two singles in nine innings of scoreless relief after Ortiz was hurt throwing his third pitch to Headley leading off the Padres' third.

Ortiz came up holding his right elbow. He took his glove in his left hand and slammed it to the ground at the back of the mound. A trainer came out and was looking at the pitcher's right elbow.

Ortiz appeared to be crying as he walked to the dugout.

Ortiz was recalled prior to Saturday's game when Brandon Morrow was placed on the disabled list with a forearm strain.

An inning earlier, Ortiz allowed Volquez's homer.

''I got lucky,'' Volquez said. ''One swing, and I've been swinging pretty good in batting practice. I got a pretty good pitch to hit and I hit it out.''

Volquez's homer capped a four-run inning that gave the Padres a 4-1 lead. Rookie Jedd Gyorko was aboard on an RBI double and Will Venable on an intentional walk.

Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion homered for the second time in three games, reaching the second deck in left field with two outs in the third. It was his 16th.

The Blue Jays tied it in the fifth on Adam Lind's two-run double off center fielder Alexi Amarista's glove against the fence. Melky Cabrera was aboard on a single and Encarnacion on a two-out walk.

Volquez allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, struck out seven and walked three.

''A bit of a disappointment with my breaking balls,'' Volquez said. ''I was off a little bit and I couldn't make the adjustments.''

NOTES: Gyorko had his first career stolen base in the sixth. ... Padres LF Carlos Quentin crashed into the wall while catching Cabrera's fly ball to end the eighth with runners on first and third. ... The Padres recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tucson and optioned LHP Robbie Erlin to Tucson. Erlin earned his first big league win in his first start on Saturday night while filling in for LHP Clayton Richard, who pitched the final two innings of San Diego's 17-inning victory against Toronto that started Friday night and ended just into Saturday morning. ... Boxberger has made 17 relief appearances with Tucson this season, going 0-3 with a 5.73 ERA. This is his second stint with the Padres this season, posting a 0.00 ERA in two relief appearances. ... The Padres start a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday night, when LHP Eric Stults (4-4, 3.86) is scheduled to face LHP Chris Capuano (1-4, 5.45). It'll be the first time Quentin plays at Dodger Stadium since breaking Zach Greinke's collarbone in a brawl at Petco Park on April 11. The Padres opened a three-game series at Dodger Stadium four days after that brawl, but Quentin was serving an eight-game suspension. ... The Blue Jays are off Monday before continuing their trip with a two-game series at San Francisco starting Tuesday night, when RHP Josh Johnson (0-1, 6.86) faces RHP Tim Lincecum (3-5, 5.12).

Tagged: Blue Jays, Padres, Giants, Ramon Ortiz, Carlos Quentin, Edinson Volquez, Tim Lincecum, Will Venable

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