Cashner has solid start but Padres blow lead in 12th inning
Jul 26, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) celebrates the win as San Diego Padres relief pitcher Paul Clemens (47) reacts during the twelfth inning in a game at Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays won 7-6.
TORONTO (AP) — Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner did his best to push aside distracting trade talk and turn in a solid start.
Cashner came through, but the San Diego bullpen didn’t.
Devon Travis scored the winning run on a wild pitch, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for three runs in the 12th inning to beat the Padres 7-6 on Tuesday night.
Matt Kemp put the Padres in front with a two-run homer off Jesse Chavez (1-2) in the top of the 12th, but San Diego blew the lead.
Alex Dickerson hit a three-run shot, his third homer in three games, as San Diego extended its club-record streak of games with at least one home run to 24. It’s the longest run since the 2002 Texas Rangers set a major league record by going deep in 27 straight.
Cashner, a candidate to be dealt before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, allowed three runs and four hits in six innings.
The longest-tenured Padres player, the right-hander said it’s "sad" to see constant turnover among his teammates
"You’d definitely like to see more guys stay here longer in their careers," he said. "That’s just kind of how it’s been since I’ve been here. I’ve made some great relationships with a lot of guys and there’ll be lasting friendships for a lifetime."
Manager Andy Green said Cashner showed "a ton of fight" against the Blue Jays, especially after giving up a two-run homer to Josh Donaldson, the second batter of the game.
"I’m sure there was a lot swirling in his head with all the talk that’s going on," Green said. "He put it all aside, stepped up and pitched a big game. That’s what he’s going to be doing the rest of the season."
In the 12th, Travis drew a 14-pitch walk to load the bases, bringing Paul Clemens on in relief of Carlos Villanueva (1-2). Travis fouled off eight straight pitches, including one drive that sailed just wide of the left-field foul screen.
"That’s as good as it gets," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Clemens walked Jose Bautista to make it 6-5 before Donaldson tied it with a fielder’s choice grounder.
With Edwin Encarnacion batting, a pitch bounced away from catcher Derek Norris, and Travis slid in headfirst just ahead of the tag as his teammates stormed out of the dugout to celebrate.
"I know (Clemens) has a really good curveball, a really sharp one," Travis said. "I was praying for in the dirt. It took a bad bounce, but a good bounce for us."
It was the second key run to score on a wild pitch: Toronto catcher Russell Martin made it 4-all when he scored on Brad Hand’s wild pitch in the seventh.
"It is a frustrating loss, especially how hard the guys battled back on a couple of occasions," Green said.
Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr., traded from San Diego to Toronto before the game, made his Blue Jays debut as a pinch hitter in the seventh. He grounded into a fielder’s choice.
WHEELING AND DEALING
Toronto announced another trade minutes after the game ended: The busy Blue Jays acquired reliever Joaquin Benoit from Seattle for right-hander Drew Storen. Benoit, who turned 39 on Tuesday, is 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA in 26 games this season.
The Blue Jays and Padres have played extra innings three times in their past five meetings. The first of those games lasted 17 innings.
Padres: Class-A RHP Chris Paddack, acquired from Miami in last month’s trade for Fernando Rodney, has been sidelined indefinitely with a strained forearm.
Blue Jays: Gibbons said Jose Bautista will be the DH on Wednesday, allowing Upton to make his first start for Toronto.
Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (4-4, 6.93 ERA) will make his first career appearance against Toronto. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in six of his past seven starts.
Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (7-11, 4.44) will start on three days’ rest, with RHP Marco Estrada getting pushed back to Friday. Estrada (back) was on the disabled list from July 3 to July 21. Dickey has lost his past two starts.