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Blue Jays 11, Giants 3

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TORONTO -- Ramon Ortiz pitched seven strong innings and Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia hit two-run homers as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the San Francisco Giants 11-3 on Wednesday to extend their winning streak to a season-best four games.

The victory before a crowd of 32,863 at Rogers Centre gave the Blue Jays (17-24) a sweep of their two-game set with the 2012 World Series champion Giants (23-17).

The Blue Jays, who took two of three from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, have won two consecutive series for the first time since May 16-20, 2012.

Ortiz (1-1), who turns 40 on May 23, allowed six hits and one run to earn his first major-league win since Sept. 11, 2011, when he was with the Chicago Cubs.

Ortiz, who was making his second start since being recalled from Class AAA Buffalo last week, had not won as a starter in the majors since April 17, 2007, as a Minnesota Twin.

Giants' starter Ryan Vogelsong (1-4) allowed eight runs, but only three were earned, in two innings. He allowed six hits, including the homers by Lind and Arencibia.

Reliever Chad Gaudin allowed four hits and three runs in 3 1/3 innings before leaving in the sixth after Colby Rasmus' RBI double.

Toronto reliever Mickey Storey allowed two runs in the eighth on a walk and two hits, including Buster Posey's RBI double, and the other run scored on Brett Pill's sacrifice fly.

Marco Scutaro singled in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, but Pablo Sandoval had a seven-game hit streak end for San Francisco.

The Blue Jays, who took a 6-0 lead in the first inning in their 10-6 victory on Tuesday, scored five runs in the first on Wednesday.

It was the first time Toronto had batted around in consecutive first innings since April 10-11, 1994, against Seattle and Oakland.

The Giants scored first after Angel Pagan led off the game with a double, was sacrificed to third by Scutaro and came home on Sandoval's sacrifice fly to center.

Two Giants' errors in the home first led to five unearned runs. Scutaro dropped Jose Bautista's pop to second, Edwin Encarnacion walked, and both scored when Pagan lost Arencibia's drive to center for a two-base error. Lind then hit his third homer of the season. Brett Lawrie singled, Rasmus was hit by a pitch and Emilio Bonifacio singled in the fifth a run.

In the second, Melky Cabrera doubled and scored on Bautista's single. Arencibia hit his 10th homer of the season for an 8-1 lead.

A pair of walks, Bautista's RBI double and Encarnacion's sacrifice fly in the third against Gaudin made the score 10-1.

NOTES: Cabrera has irritation in his right quadriceps and left hamstring, according to an MRI taken on Wednesday, and is able to play to tolerance. He started in left field and led off for Wednesday's game. ....Scutaro had seven consecutive multi-hit games before getting just one hit Wednesday. ....Sandoval entered the game having hit home runs in three consecutive games. ... Posey started as DH for the Giants with Guillermo Quiroz behind the plate. ...The Blue Jays have Thursday off before playing a three-game series against the Yankees in New York with left-hander Mark Buehrle (1-2, 6.19) starting Friday's opener against right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (5-2, 2.31). ...The Giants open a four-game series at Colorado on Thursday with right-hander Matt Cain (2-2, 5.04) facing Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (3-2, 2.70).
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