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SAN DIEGO -- Robbie Erlin's first major-league start was a successful one.

The San Diego Padres rookie allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings of a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night at Petco Park.

Erlin, called up from Triple-A Tucson before the game to make a spot start, quieted Toronto's offense with a solid mix of pitches that largely kept him out of trouble. Just four Blue Jays reached scoring position and only one of them scored.

Erlin's services were necessary after a 17-inning marathon on Friday night in which Clayton Richard, originally scheduled to start Saturday's game, was called into action. Erlin was chosen because he was slated to start Saturday for Tucson and was on appropriate rest.

Erlin (1-0) pitched like a veteran against the Blue Jays. He walked one and struck out four.

Padres interim closer Luke Gregerson, who assumed ninth-inning responsibility when Huston Street went on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain, picked up his first save in two chances.

Gregerson's ninth contained drama. Melky Cabrera's RBI single off Gregerson made it 4-3 and put the tying run in scoring position with one out, but Gregerson got the next two outs to end the threat.

Everth Cabrera went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Padres and Carlos Quentin was 2 for 3 with two doubles.

Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle (2-4) allowed four runs (three earned) and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The loss reverses a trend of quality starts for the veteran left-hander, who allowed a combined three runs in his last two outings.

Every earned run scored by San Diego through the fifth came on an infield hit.

The Padres scored their fourth run in the fourth when Cabrera legged out his second run-scoring infield single. Speed got him to first on a tricky grounder and it brought home Jesus Guzman, who led off the inning with a double.

The Padres established a 3-1 lead in a wacky second. Kyle Blanks drove the first run home with an infield single misplayed by shortstop Maicer Izturis. Two runs came in after an infield single by Cabrera.

Toronto trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the fourth with Adam Lind's home run, which traveled 416 feet to center field.

The Blue Jays opened the scoring with an RBI single from Colby Rasmus that drove Lind home from second.

NOTES: The Padres promoted LHP Tommy Layne from Triple-A Tucson and optioned RHP Nick Vincent to Tucson. ... The Blue Jays placed RHP Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. RHP Ramon Ortiz had his contract selected from Triple-A Buffalo. Ortiz will start Sunday in Morrow's place. LHP Rickey Romero was outrighted to Buffalo to make room for Ortiz on the 40-man roster. Toronto also recalled RHP Mickey Storey and sent RHP Chad Jenkins back to Double-A New Hampshire. The move was made to add a fresh arm to the bullpen after Friday's 17-inning affair eventually won by the Padres. ... Padres 1B Yonder Alonso was declared fit after being hit in the hand by a pitch on Friday. He was removed from the game a half-inning later. ... RHP Esmil Rogers, normally a relief pitcher, will make his second straight start on June 7.
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