Giants hit 4 homers, out­last Blue Jays 7-6

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Paul AT­TFIELD

TORONTO — 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 cen­tre 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 cen­tre-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 sec­ond­longest 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.

CP PHOTO

San Francisco Giants Ger­ardo Parra is out steal­ing home plate as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile ap­plies the tag dur­ing the first in­ning of the game in Toronto on Tues­day.

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