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Blue Jays crush Giants for fourth straight win

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TORONTO -- Another day, another double-digit outburst by the Toronto Blue Jays.

J.P. Arencibia and Adam Lind each hit two-run home runs, Ramon Ortiz won for the first time since 2011 and the surging Blue Jays won their season-high fourth straight game Wednesday night, beating the San Francisco Giants 11-3.

The last-place Blue Jays came in with the fewest runs of any AL East team but have 33 runs and 41 hits in their past three games. They beat Boston 12-4 on Sunday and won 10-6 in Tuesday's series opener against the Giants.

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"We're really swinging the bats now," manager John Gibbons said. "We're on a nice little roll."

Toronto, which had an 11-batter first Tuesday, recorded consecutive bat-around first innings for the first time since April 1994.

"Earlier in the year we were having a tough time scoring runs but, like we've said before, there's a track record with the guys in this clubhouse," Arencibia said. "There's too many guys that have done a lot of good things offensively for a long time to have that happen for an extended period."

Ortiz (1-1) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings for his first win since beating the New York Mets in a relief appearance with the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 11, 2011. He had not won as a starter since beating Seattle while pitching for Minnesota in April 2007.

"The key right now is that I have a lot of confidence in all my pitches," Ortiz said. "When you have confidence in your pitch you can throw it any count and that's what we are doing right now."

Mickey Storey worked the final two innings for the Blue Jays, who have won seven of 10.

"They took advantage of our mistakes, not just defensively but on the pitching side," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the Blue Jays. "They're a dangerous club."

Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong (1-4) allowed a season-high eight runs, three earned, in two innings, his shortest start of the season. The struggling right-hander, who has lost three of his past four outings, walked two and struck out one. His ERA rose to 8.06.

"They hit some pitches that were really good and they hit some pitches that were bad," Vogelsong said. "That's been the theme."

Bochy wouldn't say whether Vogelsong, who has allowed 11 homers in 41 1-3 innings, would make his next start, scheduled for May 20 against Washington.

"I'm not going to guarantee anything right now," Bochy said.

Bochy also acknowledged having postgame discussions with general manager Brian Sabean and said there'd be more discussions as the Giants flew to Colorado to begin a four-game series with the Rockies.

"We'll talk about this internally," Bochy said. "I don't have much to say right now about what we may do, our options or whatever. [Vogelsong] is fighting, I'll say that. I know he's taking it hard. He'll get on track."

The NL West-leading Giants allowed double-digit runs in consecutive games for the first time this season. One night after allowing six runs in the first, they gave up five runs in the opening inning of this one.

"Groundhog day," Bochy said. "That's unlike us. I can't think back to when we had two games, identical games, where we made mistakes there in the first inning. The big number there killed us, took us out of our game. It's hard to explain. But it happened and now we've got to move on."

Pablo Sandoval gave the Giants an early lead with a sacrifice fly off Ortiz in the first, but the Blue Jays answered with five in the bottom half, taking advantage of two San Francisco errors.

Melky Cabrera flied out, Jose Bautista reached when Marco Scutaro dropped a bloop into shallow right and Edwin Encarnacion walked before Arencibia hit a liner to center that got past Angel Pagan for a two-run error.

"Our outfielders seemed like they were struggling at times picking up the ball," Bochy said.

Lind followed with a two-run blast to right, his third homer of the year and third in six games. Three batters later, Emilio Bonifacio capped the rally with an RBI single.

The Blue Jays added three more in the second. Cabrera led off with a double over the head of Hunter Pence in right and scored on Bautista's single. Encarnacion flied out before Arencibia homered into the second deck in left, his 10th.

Toronto made it 10-1 with two runs off Chad Gaudin in the third. Bautista hit an RBI double and Encarnacion added a sacrifice fly. The Blue Jays got one more in the sixth when Colby Rasmus doubled home Brett Lawrie from first base.

Buster Posey hit an RBI double off Storey in the eighth and Brett Pill added a sacrifice fly.

Scutaro went 1 for 3 with a ninth-inning single, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.

Notes

  • Cabrera underwent an MRI before the game and was diagnosed with irritation in his left hamstring and right quadriceps.
  • Posey started at DH Wednesday, with Bochy saying there's a "good chance" Posey will catch all four games at Colorado.
  • Giants RHP Matt Cain did not travel to Toronto for this brief series, remaining behind in San Francisco. Cain is scheduled to start Thursday at Colorado against Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin.
 
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J.P. Arencibia (right) and Adam Lind go deep for the Blue Jays, who take another game from the defending champs.  (Getty Images)
J.P. Arencibia (right) and Adam Lind go deep for the Blue Jays, who take another game from the defending champs. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Toronto

J. Arencibia
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5130002 .264
Marco Scutaro, 2B3110103 .315
Pablo Sandoval, 3B2001011 .312
    Joaquin Arias, 3B2110012 .188
Buster Posey, DH3011000 .286
Hunter Pence, RF3010001 .289
    Andres Torres, RF1000012 .243
Brandon Belt, 1B3010001 .246
    Brett Pill, 1B0001000 .000
Gregor Blanco, LF3000102 .278
Guillermo Quiroz, C4010012 .240
Brandon Crawford, SS4010002 .270
Totals33310324  
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan 2 (8, Ortiz, Ortiz), Buster Posey (11, Storey), Guillermo Quiroz (3, Ortiz)
SF - Pablo Sandoval (3), Brett Pill (1)
SH - Marco Scutaro (3)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (30), Buster Posey (25), Brett Pill (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Scutaro
E - Angel Pagan (3, Dropped line drive), Marco Scutaro (6, Dropped fly)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (L,1-4) 2683212 8.06
Chad Gaudin 3.1433320 2.19
Jose Mijares 1.2000030 2.19
Javier Lopez 1100000 2.61
HBP - Rasmus (by Ryan Vogelsong), Lawrie (by Chad Gaudin)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 64-40, Chad Gaudin 72-41, Jose Mijares 22-17, Javier Lopez 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 3-5, Jose Mijares 1-1, Javier Lopez 3-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 16, Chad Gaudin 18, Jose Mijares 5, Javier Lopez 4
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Melky Cabrera, LF3210100 .279
    Maicer Izturis, 2B1000000 .217
Jose Bautista, RF5222020 .262
Edwin Encarnacion, DH3111101 .240
J.P. Arencibia, C5222012 .236
Adam Lind, 1B4122100 .286
Brett Lawrie, 3B3210102 .204
Colby Rasmus, CF4011014 .238
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B-LF4011012 .200
Munenori Kawasaki, SS3100115 .235
Totals351111956  
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (7, Vogelsong), Jose Bautista (8, Gaudin), Colby Rasmus (6, Gaudin)
HR - J.P. Arencibia (10, Vogelsong), Adam Lind (3, Vogelsong)
SF - Edwin Encarnacion (2)
RBI - Jose Bautista 2 (22), Edwin Encarnacion (30), J.P. Arencibia 2 (20), Adam Lind 2 (8), Colby Rasmus (17), Emilio Bonifacio (8)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Bonifacio-Kawasaki-Lind
E - Munenori Kawasaki (3, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ramon Ortiz (W,1-1) 7611110 2.35
Mickey Storey 2422130 7.36
HBP - Posey (by Ramon Ortiz)
WP - Ramon Ortiz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 100-62, Mickey Storey 39-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 8-11, Mickey Storey 1-2
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 28, Mickey Storey 11
Game Information
Attendance - 32863
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi