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Blue Jays 11, Giants 3
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 Toronto won its season-high fourth straight game Wednesday night, beating Vogelsong and San Francisco.
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.
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.
Padres 8, Orioles 4
Alexi Amarista homered and doubled twice as the San Diego Padres matched their season-high with 17 hits, beating Baltimore for a two-game sweep.
Everth Cabrera had four hits and a walk, and Jedd Gyorko had three singles for the Padres, who are 13-6 after a 5-15 start.
John Baker hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the second against Freddy Garcia (0-2).
J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles off Jason Marquis (5-2), who won his fourth straight start. Manny Machado had four hits.
Indians 10, Phillies 4
Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer, Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles also went deep to back Corey Kluber, and the Indians beat the Phillies.
Corey Kluber (3-2) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. He rebounded nicely after allowing eight runs in 4 2-3 innings against Detroit in his previous start.
A day after rookie Jonathan Pettibone held the Indians in check, Cole Hamels got roughed up by one of the league's highest-scoring offenses. Cleveland had been in a slight funk, scoring just seven runs in its previous four games.
Hamels (1-6) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings. The three-time All-Star and 2008 World Series MVP has a 4.61 ERA, and the Phillies are 1-8 in his starts. Hamels had six straight quality starts before this one, with a 2.41 ERA in that span.
Rangers 6, Athletics 2
Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, leading Alexi Ogando and Texas over Oakland.
Ogando (4-2) didn't allow a hit until Eric Sogard's leadoff double in the sixth inning.
Lance Berkman hit a two-run single and Adrian Beltre added an RBI single a day after hitting a 10th-inning home run as the Rangers won their first series in Oakland since Sept. 20-22, 2011.
Dan Straily (1-2) took the loss.
Astros 7, Tigers 5
Brandon Barnes caught Miguel Cabrera's bases-loaded drive against the wall in right-center field for the final out, and Houston avoided a season sweep against Detroit.
Carlos Corporan hit a tiebreaking double in the top of the ninth for the Astros, who lost their first six meetings with the Tigers by a combined 50-12.
Jose Veras pitched the ninth for his fifth save in seven chances.
Hector Ambriz (1-2) got the win. Al Alburquerque (0-1) gave up Corporan's hit.
Royals 9, Angels 5
Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run double and Billy Butler capped his most productive series of the season with a two-run single, leading Kansas City over Los Angeles.
Wade Davis (3-3) was charged with four runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings in the rubber game of the series.
Barry Enright (0-2) gave up four runs, five hits and two walks in two-plus innings, leaving with the bases loaded and none out in the Royals' seven-run third.
White Sox 9, Twins 4
Adam Dunn homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, powering Chicago past Minnesota.
Dunn hit a pair of two-run shots for his 35th career multihomer game. He's hit three home runs in the last two games and has nine this year.
Dayan Viciedo also went deep for the second straight day, helping Dylan Axelrod (1-3) pick up his first victory this season.
Mike Pelfrey (3-4) was hit hard yet again, failing to record an out in the fifth inning.
Dodgers 3, Nationals 1
Zack Greinke pitched 5 1-3 strong innings in his first start since April 11 and the Dodgers beat the Nationals.
Greinke came off the disabled list earlier in the day, returning three weeks sooner than expected from a broken left clavicle after a confrontation with San Diego's Carlos Quentin last month.
The right-hander was expected to be out eight weeks. He underwent surgery on April 13 to fix the injury with a metal plate used to stabilize the break.
Greinke (2-0) made one rehab appearance last Friday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and the Dodgers decided he was ready to rejoin them.
Ross Detwiler (2-4) gave up two runs and six hits in three innings — his shortest outing of the season. The left-hander walked two and struck out none. The Nationals fell to 3-5 when he starts. Detwiler is 0-6 in six career road starts against NL West opponents.
Reds 4, Marlines 0
Shin-Soo Choo hit two homers and four pitchers combined on an 11-hit shutout to help Cincinnati extend its winning streak to a season-best five games.
Choo hit solo homers in the fourth and sixth inning, giving him nine this season. The multihomer game was his second in eight days and ninth of his career.
Mike Leake (3-2) went 6 2-3 innings and pitched around nine hits. The Marlins had 14 baserunners but stranded 12 and hit into two double plays.
That gave the crowd of 14,866 little to cheer about, and the biggest roars came when highlights of the Miami Heat's playoff victory over the Chicago Bulls two miles away were shown on the video scoreboard.
Alex Sanabia (2-6) took the loss.
Pirates 3, Brewers 1
Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run over seven strong innings and Neil Walker hit a two-run single as the Pirates beat the Brewers.
Rodriguez (4-2) gave up six hits, walking one and striking out five. Jason Grilli worked the ninth for his National League-leading 16th save as the Pirates moved six games above .500 for the first time this season.
Walker, playing his third game since returning from a stint on the disabled list with a hand injury, lined a single to center with one out in the sixth off Yovani Gallardo for his first RBIs in nearly a month.
Gallardo (3-3) walked four and struck out four in six innings, allowing just three hits. Rickie Weeks hit his third homer to provide Milwaukee's only run. Norichika Aoki had two hits for the Brewers. Milwaukee has dropped 10 of 12.
Diamondbacks 5, Braves 3
Paul Goldschmidt hit three doubles, Eric Chavez drove in three runs and the Diamondbacks beat Tim Hudson and the Braves.
Cody Ross added an RBI double as the Diamondbacks won the final two games of the series after a 10-1 loss in the opener.
Hudson (4-3) had been 7-0 in nine career starts against Arizona before he got tagged. He allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings — he's given up 11 runs over 8 2-3 innings in his last two starts.
Ian Kennedy (2-3) yielded three runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances.
Cubs 6, Rockies 3
Jeff Samardzija hit a two-run home run and pitched eight strong innings for his first win since opening day and the Cubs beat the Rockies.
David DeJesus led off the first inning with a home run and Anthony Rizzo had two hits for the Cubs, who won back-to-back series for the first time this season.
Reid Brignac hit a pinch-hit homer for the Rockies, who finished a 2-4 road trip.
The Rockies have not won back-to-back games since a season-high eight-game winning streak April 12-20. They have not won a three-game series at Wrigley Field since Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2006.
Samardzija (2-5) allowed two runs and five hits. He struck out seven and walked two.
Colorado starter Jon Garland (3-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one.