Dickey, offense carry Jays past GiantsMay 15, 2013 - 3:43 AM Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Toronto put six runs across in the first inning and never looked back as the Blue Jays routed the San Francisco Giants behind R.A. Dickey, 10-6, in the opener of a two-game set from the Rogers Centre.
Dickey (3-5) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings of six-hit, two-run ball for Toronto, which has won three in a row after dropping its previous three.
"I felt like I had a pretty good knuckleball today," said Dickey. "I was getting a lot of swings and misses."
The Jays brought 11 batters to the plate in the opening frame and put six runs across, giving Dickey an early cushion. Pablo Sandoval's throwing error allowed leadoff hitter Melky Cabrera to reach base. Jose Bautista then drew a walk and Edwin Encarnacion and Mark DeRosa followed with RBI singles.
Two batters later Colby Rasmus delivered an RBI poke to right and following a Henry Blanco strikeout, Emilio Bonifacio and Cabrera plated runs with sharp liners that fell in front of the Giants outfielders. Toronto did not have an extra base hit in the frame.
Cabrera paced the Jays' 18-hit attack with a 4-for-5 effort which included two RBI and two runs scored against his former club. Encarnacion also drove in two and scored twice, while Brett Lawrie had a season-high three hits.
"We got some big hits the other way," said Jays manager John Gibbons. "We were staying on the ball and that's what good hitters do."
Barry Zito (3-2), who had allowed more than one earned run just once all season, was tagged for eight runs -- five earned -- on a season-high 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"They hit a fair amount of my pitches tonight," admitted Zito.
Trailing 6-0, Nick Noonan put San Francisco on the board in the top of the second with an RBI single to right.
The Giants tacked on another run in the fourth when Brandon Belt clubbed his fifth of the season, a solo shot to right field.
Zito, who had settled down after the six-run opening stanza, was pulled with men on the corners and two down in the sixth inning. George Kontos took over and on his second pitch, Encarnacion ripped a two-bagger over the head of Hunter Pence in right field. Pinch-hitter Adam Lind then singled off Kontos' foot, plating another run, and Lawrie capped the three-run inning with his RBI double to right.
The Jays' final run came in the seventh inning. With two away, Bonifacio singled and Cabrera plated him with a double to deep right field.
San Fran got things going late with four runs in the final two innings. The first came in the eighth on a Belt RBI double, and the final three in the ninth on Sandoval's three-run shot to left field off Brad Lincoln.
Marco Scutaro went 3-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Scutaro has at least two hits in nine of his last 10 ... Toronto improved to 5-8 all-time against San Francisco ... The Jays went 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
- SAN FRANCISCO: 6
May 14 10:04 PM
- Pablo Sandoval two-out, three-run Home Run (7) to left scored Andres Torres and Marco Scutaro. Guillermo Quiroz due up.
Giants 6, Blue Jays 10 Top 9, 2 OutsMay 14 10:00 PM
- Brandon Belt double to left scored Hunter Pence with two outs. Runner on second and Gregor Blanco due up.
Giants 3, Blue Jays 10 Top 8, 2 OutsMay 14 9:35 PM
- Melky Cabrera double to right scored Emilio Bonifacio with two outs. Runner on second and Jose Bautista due up.
Giants 2, Blue Jays 10 Bot 7, 2 OutsMay 14 9:25 PM
- Brett Lawrie double to right scored Edwin Encarnacion with two outs. On the play, Munenori Kawasaki advances to third. Runners on second and third and Maicer Izturis due up.
Giants 2, Blue Jays 9 Bot 6, 2 OutsMay 14 9:06 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Adam Lind single to pitcher scored Jose Bautista with two outs. On the play, Edwin Encarnacion advances to third. Runners on first and third and Brett Lawrie due up.
Giants 2, Blue Jays 8 Bot 6, 2 OutsMay 14 9:05 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion double to right scored Melky Cabrera with two outs. On the play, Jose Bautista advances to third. Runners on second and third and Mark DeRosa due up.
Giants 2, Blue Jays 7 Bot 6, 2 OutsMay 14 9:02 PM
- Brandon Belt one-out, solo Home Run (5) to right. Gregor Blanco due up.
Giants 2, Blue Jays 6 Top 4, 1 OutMay 14 8:13 PM
- Nick Noonan single to right scored Hunter Pence with two outs. On the play, Brandon Belt advances to third. Runners on first and third and Brandon Crawford due up.
Giants 1, Blue Jays 6 Top 2, 2 OutsMay 14 7:44 PM
- Melky Cabrera single to left scored Colby Rasmus with two outs. On the play, Emilio Bonifacio advances to second. Runners on first and second and Jose Bautista due up.
Giants 0, Blue Jays 6 Bot 1, 2 OutsMay 14 7:32 PM
- Emilio Bonifacio single to center scored Maicer Izturis with two outs. On the play, Colby Rasmus advances to third. Runners on first and third and Melky Cabrera due up.
Giants 0, Blue Jays 5 Bot 1, 2 OutsMay 14 7:31 PM
- Colby Rasmus single to right scored Mark DeRosa with one out. On the play, Maicer Izturis advances to second. Runners on first and second and Henry Blanco due up.
Giants 0, Blue Jays 4 Bot 1, 1 OutMay 14 7:29 PM
- Mark DeRosa single to left scored Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion with none out. Runner on first and Brett Lawrie due up.
Giants 0, Blue Jays 3 Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 14 7:25 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion single to right scored Melky Cabrera with none out. On the play, Jose Bautista advances to third. Runners on second and third and Mark DeRosa due up.
Giants 0, Blue Jays 1 Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 14 7:24 PM
- SAN FRANCISCO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 14 7:10 PM
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