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Musgrove goes 7 innings and Bogaerts homers as the Padres beat the Blue Jays 6-3
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Musgrove goes 7 innings and Bogaerts homers as the Padres beat the Blue Jays 6-3

2024-04-22 08:04 Last Updated At:08:11

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joe Musgrove pitched seven innings for the first time since July 4 and Xander Bogaerts homered for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Musgrove improved to 4-0 against the Blue Jays, who picked him in the first round of the 2011 draft. The big right-hander from suburban El Cajon allowed solo homers to Davis Schneider and Ernie Clement but otherwise pitched well enough to improve to 3-2. He allowed three runs on five hits and struck out three, with no walks.

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San Diego Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts, right, celebrates with teammate shortstop Ha-Seong Kim after the Padres defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 in a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joe Musgrove pitched seven innings for the first time since July 4 and Xander Bogaerts homered for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

San Diego Padres' Manny Machado, left, slides in late to home after Jackson Merrill grounded into a force out as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen is knocked off the base, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Manny Machado, left, slides in late to home after Jackson Merrill grounded into a force out as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen is knocked off the base, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Chris Bassitt, left, celebrates with teammates before exiting during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Chris Bassitt, left, celebrates with teammates before exiting during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Jurickson Profar gets back to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Jurickson Profar gets back to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., left, holds on to the throw to first before tagging out San Diego Padres' Manny Machado, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., left, holds on to the throw to first before tagging out San Diego Padres' Manny Machado, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays' Ernie Clement celebrates after hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays' Ernie Clement celebrates after hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reacts to a called strike while batting during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reacts to a called strike while batting during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove works against a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove works against a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove works against a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove works against a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Xander Bogaerts watches as he flies out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Xander Bogaerts watches as he flies out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

“I don't ever want to lose, but I feel like there is some kind of edge there, against the team that drafted me," Musgrove said. “I was excited to be with them and wanted to make my debut with that team and didn't get a chance to. I wanted to be good today for these guys more so than I wanted to beat them."

Musgrove was traded to Houston in 2012 and made his big league debut against Toronto on Aug. 2, 2016.

The Padres snapped a three-game losing streak and prevented the Blue Jays from clinching their first sweep of the season.

Musgrove was backed by some nice defensive plays, including two impressive catches by right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. Tatis won the Gold Glove Award last year in his first season in right field and then won the NL Platinum Glove Award as the best overall defensive player.

Tatis made a brilliant running, leaping catch of George Springer’s fly ball to the gap to end the eighth. In the second, he made a running, sliding catch of a long foul ball by Daulton Varsho.

“Routine greatness,” manager Mike Shildt said.

“It's part of the work. That's why we keep working hard. We don't take it for granted,” Tatis said. “When you're in the game no matter what, you're trying to play defense for that pitcher on the mound.”

The dreadlocked Dominican has been nicknamed “Air Tatis” for his leaping, twisting catches.

“It's amazing. It's an adrenaline rush that you cannot really put into words. Those little moments make all the hard work pay off," Tatis said.

“Really good,” Musgrove said of Tatis. “Just really good defensive plays all around today. Turned the double plays we should turn, the sliding catch down the line, the catch in the gap, just really good defense.”

Robert Suarez pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Bogaerts, who has struggled since signing as a free agent before the 2023 season, homered off Chris Bassitt (2-3) leading off the third to tie the game at 2. His only other homer this year was April 9 against the Chicago Cubs. He had gone eight games without an extra-base hit.

Bogaerts drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth and Tatis followed with a sacrifice fly.

Shildt said Bogaerts seems to be pulling out of his struggles.

“He's pretty much there,” the manager said.

The Padres jumped ahead 4-2 in the sixth when they loaded the bases against Bassitt and reliever Trevor Richards, and then scored on a bases-loaded walk by Luis Campusano and a catcher's interference call that put Tyler Wade on base.

Justin Turner was hit by a pitch with an out in the seventh and Varsho grounded sharply down the right field line, which a ball girl picked up, apparently not realizing it was fair. That put Turner on third and Varsho on second. Turner scored on Schneider's groundout and Musgrove retired Danny Jansen.

Schneider homered to left center with two outs in the second, his third, to tie the game at 1. It came one batter after Tatis' catch of Varsho's foul ball.

Clement led off the third by sending a fastball that was well above the strike zone into the second-floor balcony on the four-story brick warehouse in the left field corner for a 2-1 lead.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in a sloppy first inning for both teams. Jake Cronenworth singled with two outs and scored on right fielder Springer's two-base error for misplaying Manny Machado's single. Jurickson Profar walked and stole second but was picked off by Bassitt.

Bassitt allowed four runs, two earned, and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked three.

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Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (1-1, 2.08 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Kansas City. The Royals will counter with RHP Brady Singer (2-0, 1.54).

Padres: RHP Dylan Cease (2-1, 1.99) is slated to start Monday night in the opener of a four-game set at Colorado. The Rockies will go with LHP Austin Gomber (0-1, 4.95).

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San Diego Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts, right, celebrates with teammate shortstop Ha-Seong Kim after the Padres defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 in a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts, right, celebrates with teammate shortstop Ha-Seong Kim after the Padres defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 in a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Manny Machado, left, slides in late to home after Jackson Merrill grounded into a force out as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen is knocked off the base, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Manny Machado, left, slides in late to home after Jackson Merrill grounded into a force out as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen is knocked off the base, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Chris Bassitt, left, celebrates with teammates before exiting during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Chris Bassitt, left, celebrates with teammates before exiting during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Jurickson Profar gets back to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Jurickson Profar gets back to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., left, holds on to the throw to first before tagging out San Diego Padres' Manny Machado, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., left, holds on to the throw to first before tagging out San Diego Padres' Manny Machado, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays' Ernie Clement celebrates after hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays' Ernie Clement celebrates after hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reacts to a called strike while batting during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reacts to a called strike while batting during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove works against a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove works against a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove works against a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove works against a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Xander Bogaerts watches as he flies out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Xander Bogaerts watches as he flies out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are signaling to donors that they are putting their rivalry behind them after a contentious and often personal primary fight.

DeSantis convened his allies this week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to press them to raise money to support Trump, making the case over a seafood and steak dinner that they need to work together to prevent Democratic President Joe Biden from winning a second term. The governor and about 30 people then spent Thursday morning in a hotel conference room raising money for an outside group that supports the former president's 2024 White House campaign.

Trump called into the gathering to thank members of the group for their work, according to four people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to publicly discuss the private session and spoke on condition of anonymity.

In what three people present described as a warm and gracious call to the group that was heard over speakerphone, Trump praised DeSantis and the effort, saying “Ron, I love that you’re back.”

A reconciliation helps both of them. Trump is trying to make up fundraising ground against Biden while DeSantis hopes to preserve a potential future White House run for which Trump's supporters could be key.

DeSantis and his top donors raised more than $3 million on Thursday for the super political action committee Right for America, backed by big Republican donors such as Ike and Laurie Perlmutter, who have agreed to match at least a portion of the DeSantis team’s fundraising rather than funneling money directly to Trump's campaign.

That arrangement, reached after talks between the Trump and DeSantis camps, is designed to address concerns among DeSantis supporters about their money going to pay the former president’s legal bills, according to people familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss the private talks. Trump notably blessed the structure when he called into the group's meeting Thursday.

“This is where I want you to focus,” Trump said in a roughly 15-minute call, according to a senior political adviser to DeSantis who was not authorized to publicly discuss the private meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity.

DeSantis’ decision to push money to the PAC instead of giving directly to Trump’s campaign has raised eyebrows among some Trump campaign officials, according to a person familiar with the former president's campaign thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the arrangement.

Right for America is competing for donors with MAGA Inc., the chief super PAC backing Trump. Such groups are prohibited from directly coordinating with a presidential campaign, something that hamstrung DeSantis during his presidential run due to conflicts between his campaign and his support of Never Back Down, the largest super PAC backing DeSantis’ candidacy.

Other supporters of both men support the arrangement. Right for America is run by Sergio Gor, a longtime Trump ally who is close to the former president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. The two run Winning Team Publishing, which published two of the former president’s books.

“We are thrilled by the support we are receiving from Governor DeSantis," Gor said in a statement. "We look forward to ensuring President Donald Trump is elected in November.”

Some DeSantis donors had been reluctant to give to Trump because they worried their money would help pay Trump’s lawyers in his criminal cases instead of being used directly to focus on beating Biden.

A number of big-name Florida contributors who have given to DeSantis remain hesitant about contributing to efforts to support Trump, said Al Hoffman, a Palm Beach County Republican donor and former Republican National Committee finance chair.

“I know that there are Republican conservative, big-money donors that are very reluctant to endorse Trump,” said Hoffman, who was also chairman of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s 2002 reelection campaign.

DeSantis endorsed Trump when he dropped out of the race and promised in a face-to-face meeting with the former president in April to work for his campaign. The 45-year-old governor, who has won two terms and pushed a longtime swing state increasingly to the right, may run for the White House again and would need the backing of Trump voters in a future Republican primary.

DeSantis called his allies to Fort Lauderdale this week to raise money for Trump, telling them on Wednesday night that they needed to work to prevent a second Biden term.

The meeting was the kickoff for what is expected to be a coast-to-coast fundraising effort by DeSantis allies, with upcoming events likely in Texas, California, Washington state and perhaps New York.

Trump and DeSantis have also discussed a role for the governor at the Republican National Convention. Aides to DeSantis said it was Trump’s suggestion and was not contingent on any fundraising effort on DeSantis’ part.

Donors who discussed the Thursday event were struck by the collegiality between Trump and DeSantis during the call. One person who spoke on condition of anonymity about the closed-door gathering called the conversation “very gracious” and noted that Trump and DeSantis talked about golf, a favorite Trump pastime.

Associated Press writer Jill Colvin in New York contributed to this report.

FILE - President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., in the Oval Office of the White House, April 28, 2020, in Washington. Trump and DeSantis are signaling to donors that they're putting their rivalry behind them. DeSantis has convened his allies this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to press them to support Trump. He argued to them Wednesday, May 22, 2024, that they need to work together to prevent President Joe Biden from winning a second term. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

FILE - President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., in the Oval Office of the White House, April 28, 2020, in Washington. Trump and DeSantis are signaling to donors that they're putting their rivalry behind them. DeSantis has convened his allies this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to press them to support Trump. He argued to them Wednesday, May 22, 2024, that they need to work together to prevent President Joe Biden from winning a second term. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

FILE- President Donald Trump stands behind gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis at a rally in Pensacola, Fla., Nov. 3, 2018. Trump and DeSantis are signaling to donors that they're putting their rivalry behind them. DeSantis has convened his allies this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to press them to support Trump. He argued to them Wednesday, May 22, 2024, that they need to work together to prevent President Joe Biden from winning a second term. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

FILE- President Donald Trump stands behind gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis at a rally in Pensacola, Fla., Nov. 3, 2018. Trump and DeSantis are signaling to donors that they're putting their rivalry behind them. DeSantis has convened his allies this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to press them to support Trump. He argued to them Wednesday, May 22, 2024, that they need to work together to prevent President Joe Biden from winning a second term. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

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