SAN JOSE -- Russ Michna liked the way San Jose played Friday night. He thought his own performance left a lot to be desired.
Michna threw for eight touchdowns in his return to the starting lineup, but it wasn't enough to overcome Spokane's high-powered, opportunistic offense as the SaberCats dropped a 73-62 decision to the Shock at SAP Center.
"It was ugly," Michna said. "I struggled on the first possession and changed the outset of the game. I am disappointed with my performance personally."
Reggie Gray caught five touchdown passes and Rod Harper two as the SaberCats dropped to 2-2 in the Pacific Division, a half-game behind the Shock. Huey Whittaker also caught a touchdown pass. Harper caught 12 passes for 177 yards.
San Jose won't have much time to ponder what might have been, as the National Conference rival Arizona Rattlers come to town next Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. game.
Michna was intercepted three times in his first game since suffering concussionlike symptoms in San Jose's victory over the Portland Thunder on March 17.
"I can't turn the ball over three times," Michna said. "I know the team turned it over four times, but I threw three interceptions. It's frustrating and embarrassing. We fought our way back into the game, we get within one score, and then I come out in the second half and throw another interception."
The Shock built a 28-7 advantage early in the second quarter before the SaberCats' offense began to click.
San Jose generated some momentum in the final three minutes of the first half, scoring two quick touchdowns on passes from Michna to Gray, who has caught at least one touchdown pass in each of his last 19 games.
Jason Stewart sacked Spokane's Erik Meyer, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Terrance Carter to set up the second score, which came with 17 seconds left in the half.
"What we need to do is get back to practice," SaberCats coach Darren Arbet said. "There are a lot of things to fix. We can't make those mistakes, and the guys understand that."
Meyer, who was sacked six times, finished with 258 yards on 19-of-28 passing and four TD passes. He also rushed for 31 yards, on 12 carries, and scored four touchdowns.
"He's the (reigning) MVP for a reason," Arbet said. "We took away what they did best, and Meyer stepped up and made plays."
Michna was 28 of 43 for 352 yards.
Arizona (2-0) at SaberCats (2-2), 7:30 p.m.