Barry Zito continued his road woes, as the Toronto Blue Jays scored six first inning runs to fuel a 10-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.
The Giants’ defense didn’t help Zito in the first inning. They made two costly errors, one of which ignited Toronto’s scoring fire. Melky Cabrera hit a ground ball to third baseman Pablo Sandoval, and Sandoval, ranging to his left, threw wide to first, allowing Cabrera to advance to second on the error.
Zito allowed six singles and walked one in a chaotic first inning. He did allow six runs, but only three were earned, as Angel Pagan bobbled a ball in center field later in the inning.
Zito settled in nicely after escaping the first three outs, but the first inning deficit was too large for the Giants to overcome, as R.A. Dickey was very sharp for Toronto.
Brandon Belt’s solo home run in the fourth inning and Nick Noonan’s RBI single in the second inning marked Dickey’s only two blemishes.
Dickey walked off to a roar of cheers after striking out the side in the sixth inning following a Hunter Pence lead off double. He struck out 10 total.
Zito logged 5.2 innings, and was charged with two more runs after departing with runners on first and third in the sixth. George Kontos couldn’t stop the bleeding, as he allowed an RBI double to Edwin Encarnacion, and an RBI single to Brett Lawrie. Zito allowed a total of eight runs (five earned).
Sandoval’s three-run homer in the ninth inning made the score 10-6, giving the Giants a bit of renewed hope, but it wouldn’t last for long.