Maybe all Melky Cabrera needed was a new ring, his old bats and a matchup with his former club to bust out of his slump.
Cabrera looks to stay hot while helping the Toronto Blue Jays win a season-high fourth straight as they host the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night to conclude a two-game set.
Mired in a 2-for-16 funk over his previous four games, Cabrera went 4 for 5 with two RBIs as Toronto (16-24) won 10-6 on Tuesday.
Cabrera was the All-Star game MVP and had an NL-best .346 batting average for the Giants last season when he was suspended in August for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance. He wouldn't play again as San Francisco went on to win the World Series, and he signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Blue Jays in the offseason.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy delivered Cabrera his ring prior to Tuesday's contest in a private ceremony, then Cabrera promptly showed his former team what it's missing.
"I left some bats last season and (Giants equipment manager Mike Murphy ) sent them to me and I was using them today," Cabrera said.
San Francisco (23-16), meanwhile, had its three-game winning streak snapped. Pablo Sandoval , batting .369 over his last 16 games, hit a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak to seven.
Brandon Belt homered for the second consecutive contest and has driven in six runs over his last four, but the Giants finished with two errors after committing that many over their last five games.
"We made a lot of mistakes," Bochy said.
The Giants try to get back on track as Ryan Vogelsong (1-3, 7.78 ERA) takes the mound looking to break through an early season funk.
Vogelsong, who has never faced the Blue Jays, is 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA over his last three outings after allowing six runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 6-3 loss to Atlanta on Thursday. The right-hander, though, insists he's on the verge of turning things around as he has with past struggles.
"I came through it after 13 years, I came through it after August 2011, I came through after August and September 2012, and I'll come through it again this year," Vogelsong said. "I feel really close. That's dangerous to say, but I feel closer to being where I need to be than further away."
Because Toronto starter Brandon Morrow isn't yet ready to return from injury, Ramon Ortiz (0-1, 3.24) will get another chance Wednesday. Morrow was scheduled to be on the mound, but back spasms forced him to delay his next start for the third time.
Enter Ortiz, who gave up one run but walked five in five innings of Friday's 5-0 loss to Boston in his first start since July 10, 2011, with the Chicago Cubs .
"He did a tremendous job," manager John Gibbons told the team's official website. "He did everything and more than we wanted to or expected."
The veteran right-hander, who gave up two runs in 3 1-3 innings of relief against the Chicago White Sox in his only other appearance April 17, has won both of his starts versus San Francisco, though neither came after 2006.
Toronto has won four of the last five meetings with San Francisco.
|San Francisco Giants|
|May 08, 2013||Santiago Casilla||Day-to-Day||Left game - right knee|
|May 04, 2013||Angel Pagan||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|April 15, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|April 15, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|April 13, 2013||Angel Pagan||Day-to-Day||Right wrist soreness|
|March 22, 2013||Brett Pill||15-Day DL||Recovery from minor knee surgery|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|May 11, 2013||Rajai Davis||15-Day DL||Strained oblique|
|May 10, 2013||Rajai Davis||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained oblique|
|May 08, 2013||J.A. Happ||15-Day DL||Head contusion|
|April 29, 2013||Josh Johnson||15-Day DL||Right triceps inflammation|
|April 22, 2013||Maicer Izturis||Day-to-Day||Sore hamstring|
|April 14, 2013||Sergio Santos||15-Day DL||Right triceps strain|
TORONTO (AP) -- Ryan Vogelsong 's 100th career start might have been his last for a while.
J.P. Arencibia and Adam Lind each hit two-run home runs, Ramon Ortiz won for the first time since 2011 and the Toronto Blue Jays won their season-high fourth straight game Wednesday night, beating Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants 11-3.
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 starts, 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."
Giants manager Bruce 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 went 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."
Like his manager, Vogelsong remains convinced there'll be better days ahead.
"Things have got to turn in my favor here eventually," he said. "I shattered two bats and sawed them off really good and they both went for hits. It's got to change here, I've just got to ride it out."
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."
Toronto, who had an 11-batter first in Tuesday's win, recorded consecutive bat-around first innings for the first time since April 1994.
"We're really swinging the bats now," manager John Gibbons said. "We're on a nice little roll."
The last-place Blue Jays, who came in with the fewest runs of any AL East team, 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.
"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.
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. "The ball was carrying well. Still, we're disappointed we came in here and put together two games like this. It's not our type of baseball. Really, it's amazing that we had two games, very similar, where in the first inning we got knocked out."
Lind followed with a two-run blast to right, his third homer. 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. Scutaro had recorded seven consecutive multihit games, the longest streak by a Giants player since Bill Terry had eight straight in 1934.
NOTES: Cabrera underwent an MRI before the game and was diagnosed with irritation in his left hamstring and right quadriceps. ... The Giants failed to homer for the first time in seven games. ... 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 .