TORONTO — Barry Zito battled as long as he could, though he had already buried the San Francisco Giants with a brutal first inning.
R.A. Dickey snapped a four-start winless streak, Melky Cabrera had four hits against his former team and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Giants 10-6 on Tuesday night.
Zito (3-2), who has won just once in six starts, allowed eight runs, five earned, and a season-high 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings. The bulk of the damage came in a six-run, six-hit, 11-batter first that put the
Giants in a huge hole.
“In the first inning, I have to be able to pick up the guys,” Zito said. “Some of them just came out aggressive and hit them where they wanted to. A lot of balls through the infield today.”
Zito, who walked two and struck out two, fell to 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA in six career starts at Rogers Centre.
Still, Zito earned praise from manager Bruce Bochy for giving the bullpen a break by sticking around till the sixth.
“He did a great job of putting that (first) inning behind him and pitching well,” Bochy said. “He didn't cave in, he kept going.”
Brandon Belt hit a solo homer and Pablo Sandoval added a three-run shot off Brad Lincoln in the ninth but it wasn't enough for the NL West-leading Giants, who came in having won three straight and
10 of 13.
Cabrera matched a career-high by going 4 for 5 with two RBIs. He reached on an error and hit an RBI single in Toronto's six-run first, singled again in the fourth and sixth and doubled home a run in
“He's been on a nice little roll lately,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He can hit, he's always been a good hitter. Early on he struggled, just like everybody else. Now he's starting to feel it a little
Cabrera's big night came with bats he used while playing for the Giants last year, black bats stamped with an orange 53, his jersey number.