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Buck continues HR binge against Padres as Blue Jays take series

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- Petco Park is supposed to be a pitcher's park. Not when John Buck and the Blue Jays are there.

Buck hit his third home run of the series, Vernon Wells also went deep and Fred Lewis had four hits to help Toronto beat the San Diego Padres 7-1 on Wednesday to take two of three.

The Blue Jays had no trouble with spacious Petco Park, padding their big league-leading home run total to 103.

San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres

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"I got it in the coastal wind, I guess," Buck said.

Buck launched a two-run shot off the balcony on the fourth floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left-field corner in the fifth inning for a 3-1 lead. It was his 12th -- he homered twice in Monday night's 6-3 win.

"He's had a great three days here, hasn't he? He's done a great job for us," manager Cito Gaston said.

"I don't think you can change the way you hit just because of a particular park," Buck said. "It's not that easy. I just went about my approach aggressively, like I would no matter where we're at because that's the approach that best gives me the chance to hit balls."

Wells hit his 16th homer on Kevin Correia's first pitch of the sixth, making it 5-1.

Lewis tripled, singled and doubled in his first three at-bats before striking out and then hitting a two-run, bases-loaded single with one out in the ninth. He also scored two runs.

"I was hoping he would hit that cycle," manager Cito Gaston said.

Lewis hit for the cycle in just his 16th big league game on May 13, 2007, at Colorado while with San Francisco.

Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero (6-3) allowed an unearned run and five hits in six innings, struck out five and walked three.

"Ricky battled as long as he could," Gaston said. "He probably should have had a shutout."

The Padres scored an unearned run in the second on Romero's throwing error after he fielded Lance Zawadzki's chopper that went for a two-out infield single.

Correia (5-5) lost for the fourth time in his last five decisions. He allowed five runs and nine hits in five-plus innings, struck out three and walked one.

"Things happen and all of a sudden a good start goes down the drain," Correia said. "If I knew exactly why, I could work on it and fix it. But I'm just confused. I'm making some mistakes, but it's not like I didn't make mistakes last year."

Notes

  • Padres C Yorvit Torrealba plans to appeal his three-game suspension for making contact with an umpire. That would allow him to keep playing until a hearing is held. Torrealba was ejected in the ninth inning of Monday's 6-3 home loss to the Blue Jays for arguing with umpire Larry Vanover after taking a called third strike. He was also fined an undisclosed amount.
  • Wells had been 2 for 28 (.071) during the road trip before his homer.
  • Lewis had been in a 4 for 33 slump coming into the game.
  • The Blue Jays won for just the third time in their last 11 road games and for the third time in their last 11 interleague games.
  • Buck has 11 of his 12 homers in his last 31 starts.
  • Correia is 1-1 with an 8.68 ERA and four homers allowed in his last four starts.
 
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John Buck gets praise after his third HR of the series for Toronto, which has 103 dingers to lead the majors. (AP)
John Buck gets praise after his third HR of the series for Toronto, which has 103 dingers to lead the majors. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

F. Lewis
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Toronto

J. Buck
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Fred Lewis, RF5242010 .291
Aaron Hill, 2B5011003 .197
Adam Lind, LF4001011 .207
    Shawn Camp, P00000001.000
Vernon Wells, CF4111000 .282
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010010 .273
Lyle Overbay, 1B2220200 .241
John Buck, C4222013 .265
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000003 .189
Ricky Romero, P2000020 .000
   a- Dewayne Wise, PH1000000 .286
    Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Reed, LF0000100 .143
Totals35711736  
a-flied out for R. Romero in the 7th
Batting
2B - Fred Lewis (21, Correia)
3B - Fred Lewis (3, Correia)
HR - Vernon Wells (16, Correia), John Buck (12, Correia)
RBI - Fred Lewis 2 (19), Aaron Hill (25), Adam Lind (32), Vernon Wells (42), John Buck 2 (35)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill (10)
SB - Fred Lewis (5, 2nd base off Correia/Hundley)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Ricky Romero (3, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Ricky Romero (W,6-3) 6510350 3.08
Scott Downs 1100010 3.45
Shawn Camp 2100020 2.55
IBB - Zawadzki by Ricky Romero
WP - Ricky Romero (15)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 108-70, Scott Downs 21-14, Shawn Camp 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 10-3, Scott Downs 2-0, Shawn Camp 2-2
Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 26, Scott Downs 4, Shawn Camp 7
San Diego Padres
David Eckstein, 2B5010001 .280
Chase Headley, 3B3000101 .267
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010032 .293
Scott Hairston, LF4110012 .226
Nick Hundley, C3000101 .284
Chris Denorfia, CF4010001 .250
Aaron Cunningham, RF4010033 .333
Lance Zawadzki, SS2010101 .219
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Sean Gallagher, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1010000 .226
Kevin Correia, P2000014 .130
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Jerry Hairston Jr., SS2000001 .237
Totals3417038  
a-doubled for Gallagher in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tony Gwynn Jr. (6, Camp)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Headley-Eckstein-Gonzalez, Eckstein-Zawadzki, Eckstein-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Kevin Correia (L,5-5) 5955132 5.27
Ryan Webb 1000010 0.77
Edward Mujica 2000020 3.09
Heath Bell 0.1222200 1.98
Sean Gallagher 0.2000000 5.03
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 84-56, Ryan Webb 8-5, Edward Mujica 19-14, Heath Bell 28-14, Sean Gallagher 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 6-5, Edward Mujica 1-3, Heath Bell 1-0, Sean Gallagher 1-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 24, Ryan Webb 2, Edward Mujica 6, Heath Bell 5, Sean Gallagher 1
Game Information
Attendance - 16050
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg