Sandoval's final hit of the night came with additional significance in that it snapped his 0-for-17 drought from the right side of the plate.
"Good to see him get the base hit right-handed, obviously," said manager John Farrell. "He's been grinding a little bit from that side of the plate. He's in a good place obviously, offensively. We talked about it yesterday. He's got a chance to capitalize on some highs, and he's doing that right now in a very good streak."
The ultimate competitor, Sandoval didn't take much satisfaction after a strong individual performance that came in a loss.
"I don't care," said Sandoval. "I just wanted to win. We came back in the last couple innings, and we did what we could."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.