Giants hit 4 homers, outlast Blue Jays 7-6

TORONTO (AP) If the lengthy first-inning video tribute of his Toronto Blue Jays highlights didn't convince the home fans of Kevin Pillar's value, he wasted no time in adding a reminder.

Making his first appearance against the team that traded him away on April 2, the San Francisco center fielder opened the scoring in the second inning, hitting an RBI single to left field in the Giants' 7-6 victory on Tuesday night.

''I'm a hopeless romantic,'' Pillar said. ''I was hoping for the stars lining up for a second and to get the opportunity to come up there with runners in scoring position in a tie game and you come up with a big hit.''

Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 and homered for the first time this year, one of a season-high four home runs for offensively challenged San Francisco.

Joe Panik homered and drove in three runs, and Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt also went deep for the Giants, who came in 29th in the majors in batting and ahead of just one team in home runs. It was San Francisco's first four-homer game since July 4, 2018, against Arizona.

''It's got to do a lot for their confidence,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''It starts to weigh on you a little bit when you haven't hit a home run.''

Rowdy Tellez hit his first career grand slam for the Blue Jays, whose four-game winning streak was snapped.

Jeff Samardzija (2-1) allowed two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, improving to 3-0 in four starts against the Blue Jays. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out four. Will Smith worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Samardzija said the Giants were happy to see the attention Pillar got upon his return to Rogers Centre.

''He should be a rock star,'' he said of Pillar. ''Guys like that should be pushed more by this league, guys that play hard.''

The Blue Jays trailed 7-2 before Tellez's one-out, bases-loaded bash in the eighth off Tony Watson, who stayed on and finished the inning. It was also Tellez's first career homer off a lefty.

''Mentally it's nice to have a good at-bat against a tough lefty out of the bullpen,'' he said.

Trent Thornton (0-3) lasted five innings in his fifth major league start, giving up four earned runs on six hits and striking out five.

''You know what I like about this team? We don't quit,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''You never see me smile after a loss but man, this is pretty cool. That's what I was thinking on the bench.''

Belt's home run off Thomas Pannone, which hit the facade of the third deck in right field, was his fifth of the season, and it ended a run of 15 hitless at-bats against left-handed pitching.

Panik's solo shot in the fifth inning was his first of the year, and he doubled in two runs in the third. Sandoval slugged one over the center-field fence in the eighth.

Samardzija had retired 10 straight batters before Eric Sogard took him deep to lead off the sixth. He was pulled with two runners on after throwing 85 pitches, and Mark Melancon worked out of the jam.

FIRST-INNING FAMINE

The Giants extended their streak of first innings without scoring a run to begin a season to 24 games on Tuesday, the second-longest such spell in major league history behind the 28 put up by the 1948 Chicago White Sox. Gerardo Parra was thrown out trying to steal home to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: The team announced Tuesday that top prospect Bo Bichette broke a bone in his left hand after being hit by a pitch while batting for Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. The shortstop will visit a hand specialist to determine a course of treatment. ... Montoyo believes RHP Aaron Sanchez will be able to make his scheduled start on Saturday despite the cracked fingernail that forced him out of Sunday's game after four innings. ... LHP Ryan Borucki (left elbow) and RHP John Axford (right elbow) will both be re-evaluated on Friday. ... RHP David Phelps is scheduled to throw his second bullpen session on Saturday as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery last year. ... LHP Clayton Richard (right knee) is continuing his long-toss program and is set to undergo his first bullpen session this weekend.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-2, 4.82 ERA) makes his fifth start of the season and ninth of his career against Toronto. He is 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA in six games at Rogers Centre.

Blue Jays: RHP Clay Buchholtz (0-0, 3.38) will aim for his first win as a Blue Jay. He is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four career starts against San Francisco.

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TOR11-13
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  • W: J. Samardzija (2-1)L: T. Thornton (0-3)S: W. Smith (6)
  • HR: SF - P. Sandoval (1), E. Longoria (3), B. Belt (5), J. Panik (1), TOR - E. Sogard (1), R. Tellez (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Duggar RF50000001.229.262.375.6370.0
G. Parra LF40000010.203.291.290.581-1.5
B. Posey C40100011.229.308.357.6650.5
B. Belt 1B41111021.215.311.481.7925.0
E. Longoria 3B41111021.221.256.395.6515.0
P. Sandoval DH42311000.344.344.6561.0009.0
B. Crawford SS41100011.210.281.235.5151.5
K. Pillar CF41110011.195.207.366.5732.5
J. Panik 2B41231000.197.280.288.56810.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Sogard 2B42111120.385.429.5771.0057.0
    R. Urena SS51200000.345.367.448.8153.0
    R. Grichuk RF-CF41200001.225.296.427.7233.0
    J. Smoak 1B30000124.300.430.557.9870.0
    R. Tellez DH42241012.259.333.552.88511.5
    B. Drury 3B40000013.188.235.338.573-0.5
    B. McKinney LF-RF40100021.247.300.370.6700.0
    S. Brito CF30110000.074.194.148.3424.0
    a- T. Hernandez PH-LF10000001.224.310.355.6660.0
    L. Maile C30000001.172.250.310.5600.0
    b- F. Galvis PH10000010.311.333.522.856-0.5
    HITTERSAB
    E. Sogard 2B4
    R. Urena SS5
    R. Grichuk RF-CF4
    J. Smoak 1B3
    R. Tellez DH4
    B. Drury 3B4
    B. McKinney LF-RF4
    S. Brito CF3
    a- T. Hernandez PH-LF1
    L. Maile C3
    b- F. Galvis PH1
    • a-flied out for Brito in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Maile in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Panik (3)
    • HR - B. Belt (5), E. Longoria (3), P. Sandoval, J. Panik
    • RBI - B. Belt (10), E. Longoria (7), P. Sandoval (4), K. Pillar (15), J. Panik 3 (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - P. Sandoval (4), K. Pillar (5), J. Panik 2 (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Duggar, E. Longoria, K. Pillar
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Tellez (2)
    • 3B - S. Brito
    • HR - E. Sogard, R. Tellez (5)
    • RBI - E. Sogard (6), R. Tellez 4 (15), S. Brito (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Brito
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak, B. Drury 2 (2), T. Hernandez, L. Maile
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - G. Parra
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Smoak
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Samardzija (W, 2-1)5.15221413.001.1516.0
    M. Melancon (H, 2)0.20000100.000.940.5
    S. Dyson (H, 3)1.02331104.381.22-2.5
    T. Watson (H, 7)1.02110112.251.250.5
    W. Smith (S, 6)1.00000201.040.8111.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Samardzija (W, 2-1)5.1
    M. Melancon (H, 2)0.2
    S. Dyson (H, 3)1.0
    T. Watson (H, 7)1.0
    W. Smith (S, 6)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Thornton (L, 0-3)5.06440515.791.372.5
    T. Pannone2.13220124.201.001.5
    D. Hudson1.01110215.061.032.0
    T. Mayza0.20000007.271.500.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Thornton (L, 0-3)5.0
    T. Pannone2.1
    D. Hudson1.0
    T. Mayza0.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 85-60, M. Melancon 10-7, S. Dyson 15-9, T. Watson 16-13, W. Smith 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 4-8, S. Dyson 2-0, T. Watson 1-1, W. Smith 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 22, M. Melancon 2, S. Dyson 6, T. Watson 5, W. Smith 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Thornton
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Thornton 83-57, T. Pannone 42-32, D. Hudson 20-14, T. Mayza 4-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Thornton 6-4, T. Pannone 2-4, D. Hudson 1-0, T. Mayza 2-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Thornton 21, T. Pannone 10, D. Hudson 4, T. Mayza 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    SF10-14
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Duggar RF50000001.229.262.375.6370.0
    G. Parra LF40000010.203.291.290.581-1.5
    B. Posey C40100011.229.308.357.6650.5
    B. Belt 1B41111021.215.311.481.7925.0
    E. Longoria 3B41111021.221.256.395.6515.0
    P. Sandoval DH42311000.344.344.6561.0009.0
    B. Crawford SS41100011.210.281.235.5151.5
    K. Pillar CF41110011.195.207.366.5732.5
    J. Panik 2B41231000.197.280.288.56810.0
    Total3771074086-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      E. Sogard 2B42111120.385.429.5771.0057.0
      R. Urena SS51200000.345.367.448.8153.0
      R. Grichuk RF-CF41200001.225.296.427.7233.0
      J. Smoak 1B30000124.300.430.557.9870.0
      R. Tellez DH42241012.259.333.552.88511.5
      B. Drury 3B40000013.188.235.338.573-0.5
      B. McKinney LF-RF40100021.247.300.370.6700.0
      S. Brito CF30110000.074.194.148.3424.0
      a- T. Hernandez PH-LF10000001.224.310.355.6660.0
      L. Maile C30000001.172.250.310.5600.0
      b- F. Galvis PH10000010.311.333.522.856-0.5
      Total3669622913-----
      HITTERSAB
      E. Sogard 2B4
      R. Urena SS5
      R. Grichuk RF-CF4
      J. Smoak 1B3
      R. Tellez DH4
      B. Drury 3B4
      B. McKinney LF-RF4
      S. Brito CF3
      a- T. Hernandez PH-LF1
      L. Maile C3
      b- F. Galvis PH1
      Total36
      • a-flied out for Brito in the 8th
      • b-struck out for Maile in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Panik (3)
      • HR - B. Belt (5), E. Longoria (3), P. Sandoval, J. Panik
      • RBI - B. Belt (10), E. Longoria (7), P. Sandoval (4), K. Pillar (15), J. Panik 3 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - P. Sandoval (4), K. Pillar (5), J. Panik 2 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Duggar, E. Longoria, K. Pillar
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Tellez (2)
      • 3B - S. Brito
      • HR - E. Sogard, R. Tellez (5)
      • RBI - E. Sogard (6), R. Tellez 4 (15), S. Brito (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Brito
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak, B. Drury 2 (2), T. Hernandez, L. Maile
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - G. Parra
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Smoak
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Samardzija (W, 2-1)5.15221413.001.1516.0
      M. Melancon (H, 2)0.20000100.000.940.5
      S. Dyson (H, 3)1.02331104.381.22-2.5
      T. Watson (H, 7)1.02110112.251.250.5
      W. Smith (S, 6)1.00000201.040.8111.0
      Total9.0966292---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Samardzija (W, 2-1)5.1
      M. Melancon (H, 2)0.2
      S. Dyson (H, 3)1.0
      T. Watson (H, 7)1.0
      W. Smith (S, 6)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Thornton (L, 0-3)5.06440515.791.372.5
      T. Pannone2.13220124.201.001.5
      D. Hudson1.01110215.061.032.0
      T. Mayza0.20000007.271.500.0
      Total9.01077084---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Thornton (L, 0-3)5.0
      T. Pannone2.1
      D. Hudson1.0
      T. Mayza0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 85-60, M. Melancon 10-7, S. Dyson 15-9, T. Watson 16-13, W. Smith 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 4-8, S. Dyson 2-0, T. Watson 1-1, W. Smith 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 22, M. Melancon 2, S. Dyson 6, T. Watson 5, W. Smith 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Thornton
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Thornton 83-57, T. Pannone 42-32, D. Hudson 20-14, T. Mayza 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Thornton 6-4, T. Pannone 2-4, D. Hudson 1-0, T. Mayza 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Thornton 21, T. Pannone 10, D. Hudson 4, T. Mayza 2
      • 8TH INNING
        Tellez homered to right center, Sogard, Urena and Grichuk scored76
        Sandoval homered to center72
        Belt homered to right62
      • 6TH INNING
        Sogard homered to right52
        Longoria homered to center51
      • 5TH INNING
        Panik homered to right center41
      • 2ND INNING
        Brito tripled to deep right center, Tellez scored31
        Panik doubled to deep right, Crawford and Pillar scored30
        Pillar singled to left, Sandoval scored, Crawford to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • Tim Mayza relieved Daniel Hudson
        • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Panik grounded out to second
        • S. Duggar: Duggar grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Will Smith relieved Tony Watson
        • Freddy Galvis hit for Luke Maile
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Galvis struck out looking
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sogard struck out looking
        • R. Urena: Strike looking, Urena grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • B. Posey: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Posey fouled out to right
        • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Foul, Belt homered to right
        • Daniel Hudson relieved Thomas Pannone
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sandoval homered to center
        • B. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Dyson Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Sogard walked
        • R. Urena: Urena singled to right center, Sogard to second
        • R. Grichuk: Grichuk singled to deep right center, Sogard to third, Urena to second
        • Tony Watson relieved Sam Dyson
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • R. Tellez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Tellez homered to right center, Sogard, Urena and Grichuk scored
        • B. Drury: Drury grounded out to first
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike swinging, McKinney singled to right
        • Teoscar Hernandez hit for Socrates Brito
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • J. Panik: Ball, Panik lined out to center
        • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duggar fouled out to left
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Parra grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Sam Dyson relieved Mark Melancon
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
        • S. Brito: Ball, Ball, Brito grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Maile: Maile grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Thomas Pannone relieved Trent Thornton
        • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Longoria homered to center
        • P. Sandoval: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sandoval singled to right
        • B. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Crawford flied out to center
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Foul, Foul, Ball, Sogard homered to right
        • R. Urena: Urena flied out to center
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk singled to left
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak walked, Grichuk to second
        • Mark Melancon relieved Jeff Samardzija
        • R. Tellez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Tellez flied out to deep center, Grichuk to third
        • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Thornton Pitching:
        • J. Panik: Ball, Panik homered to right center
        • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duggar lined out to right
        • G. Parra: Parra grounded out to first
        • B. Posey: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Posey struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Foul, McKinney grounded out to second
        • S. Brito: Ball, Brito grounded out to first
        • L. Maile: Ball, Maile popped out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Thornton Pitching:
        • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sandoval grounded out to third
        • B. Crawford: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Crawford struck out looking
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pillar flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Smoak flied out to deep center
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Drury flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Thornton Pitching:
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • B. Posey: Strike looking, Posey singled to center
        • B. Belt: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Belt lined out to right
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Posey to second on wild pitch, Strike (foul tip), Longoria grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Sogard flied out to deep right
        • R. Urena: Foul, Foul, Foul, Urena flied out to left
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk fouled out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Thornton Pitching:
        • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Sandoval singled to right
        • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Crawford singled to center, Sandoval to second
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Pillar singled to left, Sandoval scored, Crawford to third
        • J. Panik: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Panik doubled to deep right, Crawford and Pillar scored
        • S. Duggar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duggar grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Tellez doubled to deep left
        • B. Drury: Ball, Foul, Drury grounded out to shortstop
        • B. McKinney: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, McKinney struck out on foul tip
        • S. Brito: Foul, Brito tripled to deep right center, Tellez scored
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Strike looking, Maile fouled out to first
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Thornton Pitching:
        • S. Duggar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duggar grounded out to third
        • G. Parra: Parra safe at first on 1st baseman Smoak fielding error, Parra to second
        • B. Posey: Strike looking, Posey flied out to deep center, Parra to third
        • B. Belt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Parra caught stealing home, pitcher to catcher
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sogard struck out swinging
        • R. Urena: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Urena singled to right
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Grichuk grounded out to second, Urena to second
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)