Cavan Biggio makes like dad Craig in leading Blue Jays

Blue Jays rookie Cavan Biggio grew up watching his Hall of Fame dad, Craig, hit home runs for the Houston Astros.

On Sunday, father and son reversed roles.

Biggio had three hits, including his first career home run, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had four hits and homered for the third straight game, and host Toronto beat the San Diego Padres 10-1 to avoid a three-game sweep.

With his famous father and more than 10 other friends and family members watching from the stands, Biggio got his first hit with a single through the right side in the second. He hit a solo home run into the fourth deck off left-hander Matt Wisler in the fourth, then added an RBI single in Toronto’s four-run fifth.

“I’ve always wanted to do what my dad did, ever since a young age, and finally here we’ve kind of switched roles,” the younger Biggio said. “He’s in the seats now and I’m on the field. So that’s pretty cool because it’s everything I ever wanted.”

Recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday with Gurriel Jr., Biggio had started 0-for-6 before his single.

“After I got that first hit, I felt like I could finally exhale and finally just play the game,” Biggio said. “It was a big relief.”

Biggio’s big crowd was waiting for him as he left the clubhouse following the game, admiring two souvenir baseballs from his milestone game.

Angels 7, Rangers 6: Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun scored on wild pitches in a six-run seventh inning as host Los Angeles rallied to beat Texas.

Dodgers 11, Pirates 7: Justin Turner had five hits, Joc Pederson homered during a six-run sixth inning that featured consecutive bases-loaded plunkings and visiting Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh.

Rockies 8, Orioles 7: Nolan Arenado homered for the third straight game, pitcher German Marquez tripled and drove in three runs, and host Colorado scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally past Baltimore.

Red Sox 4, Astros 1: Rafael Devers homered off Justin Verlander, and visiting Boston took advantage of two errors by Houston to avoid a series sweep.

Reds 10, Cubs 2: Nick Senzel had three hits, scored four times and cut down a runner at the plate, helping Cincinnati win in Chicago. The Cubs’ Kris Bryant departed with an injury after colliding with center fielder Jason Heyward in the sixth. Heyward and Bryant converged on a flyball and ran into each other as the ball went off Heyward’s glove.

Royals 8, Yankees 7: Whit Merrifield had an RBI single in the 10th inning as host Kansas City beat New York despite blowing a six-run lead.

Brewers 9, Phillies 1: Brandon Woodruff allowed a solo homer but was otherwise perfect over eight innings, Christian Yelich hit his NL-leading 21st home run and Milwaukee connected five times against visiting Philadelphia.

Rays 6, Indians 3: Austin Meadows led off the game with a home run and was 4-for-4 with three RBIs as visiting Tampa Bay beat Cleveland.

Twins 7, White Sox 0: Jake Odorizzi permitted one hit in 5 ⅓ innings and Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler each hit a three-run homer as host Minnesota completed a sweep of Chicago.

Mets 4, Tigers 3: Zack Wheeler pitched into the eighth inning and host New York bea Detroit.

Nationals 9, Marlins 6: Howie Kendrick hit his eighth homer, drove in three runs and finished with three hits as Washington beat visiting Miami.

Braves 4, Cardinals 3: Brian McCann drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning and visiting Atlanta rallied for a win.

Briefly: The Orioles placed first baseman Chris Davis on the injured list because of left hip soreness. … Phillies reliever Pat Neshek went on the injured list because of Neshek rotator cuff inflammation, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

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