Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – After struggling on Opening Day, R.A. Dickey tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-0 triumph over the New York Yankees Saturday at Rogers Centre.
The 39-year-old Dickey (1-1) allowed just five hits with a walk before he was lifted with two outs in the seventh inning after He limited the opposition to just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position as the Blue Jays improved to 3-3.
Yankees starter Michael Pineda was as good as Dickey. In his first big league start since Sept. 21, 2011, Pineda allowed just one run on five hits with five strikeouts but his efforts weren’t enough as the Yankees slipped to 2-3.
Adam Lind led off with an opposite-field double and scored behind catcher Josh Toole’s little blooper to left field that went just over the head of third baseman Yangervis Solarte for a 1-0 lead.
Dickey’s only major scare came in the third inning when Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli led off with a double to right. However, Dickey proceeded to strike out a pair of batters before Jacoby Ellsbury came through with a single up the middle.
Colby Rasmus made a strong throw to the plate and Catcher Josh Thole applied the tag as Cervelli came sliding in.
Home-plate umpire Dana DeMuth called Cervelli out but decided to review whether Thole had blocked the plate. DeMuth took a look at the replay and confirmed the call on the field, which ended the inning.
The Blue Jays broke the game wide open in the eighth inning on a pair of home runs by Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista.
Cabrera’s solo shot to right was his second in as many games while Bautista’s two-run homer marked his third of the season. Both home runs came off right-hander David Phelps, who was charged with three runs over his two innings.
With Drew Hutchison (1-0) on the mound, the Blue Jays now have an opportunity to secure their first series victory of the season with a win over the Yankees Sunday afternoon.
The Yankees, for their part, will start dependable CC Sabathia (0-1).