Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – R.A. Dickey pitched seven shutout innings while Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-0 win over the skidding New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game set Tuesday at Rogers Centre.
Dickey (13-12) surrendered four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts for his shutout at home since April 18 for the Blue Jays (69-81). He now has a 2.67 ERA over his last five starts at home.
Rasmus homered for the third straight game, raising his record to 21 despite missing Sunday’s finale against the Baltimore Orioles due to general body soreness.
Like Dickey, Yankees veteran starter Andy Pettitte (10-10) had a solid outing, allowing just Rasmus’ homer on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 frames to take the loss while New York suffered a fourth straight loss.
The sudden slump has hurt the Yankees’ (79-72) chances of advancing to the playoffs as they dropped three games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second and last American League Wild Card berth.
Dickey took 51 pitches to get through the first two innings. He allowed three hits and two walks, and loaded the bases in the first but ended the inning by striking out Mark Reynolds swinging.
After a rocky second inning, Dickey cruised the rest of the way. He allowed just one more hit and faced the minimum 16 batters over the final four frames on just 50 pitches.
Pettitte, for his part, kept Toronto off the scoreboard through three innings, including working his way out of a runners-in-scoring-position, one-out jam in the third.
The veteran lefty got both Rajai Davis and Brett Lawrie to fly out on the first pitch to keep the game scoreless.
However, Rasmus hit a 2-2 slider into the second deck in right field to open the Blue Jays’ scoring in the fourth.
Shawn Kelley replaced Pettitte in the seventh and immediately allowed a home run to Davis that put the Blue Jays ahead by two runs.
Sergio Santos pitched a scoreless eighth while Casey Janssen closed out the win for his 31st save of the season.