Josh Johnson encouraged by first start back from DL, though Toronto Blue Jays lose 2-1 to San Francisco Giants

Janie McCauley

SAN FRANCISCO — Josh Johnson came off the disabled list and hung tough in a duel with Tim Lincecum, showing little rust after being sidelined for six weeks with triceps inflammation in his pitching arm.

Johnson didn’t get much help from the hitters aside from Edwin Encarnacion’s first-inning home run in a 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, even on a night when Melky Cabrera had a pair of singles while being booed at every opportunity by his former fans.

When manager John Gibbons checked on Johnson at one point, he told Gibbons he was still feeling strong.

“It felt good to be out there and go to battle with these guys. Unfortunately I made a couple of mistakes I can’t take back,” Johnson said. “I felt great. I finally found a rhythm. That was huge.”

The Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak…

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