Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – R.A. Dickey pitched 6 1/3 strong frames as the Toronto Blue Jays arrested a four-game slide with a 7-1 triumph over the Boston Red Sox Sunday at Rogers Centre.
Dickey (2-3) allowed one run on five hits and six strikeouts and left the game to a roaring ovation from the sellout crowd of 45,260 after throwing 95 pitches.
The 39-year-old knuckleballer entered tied for the most walks in the Major Leagues with 15, but he didn’t walk any for the first time this season.
With the win, the Blue Jays (12-13) avoided a series sweep and ended their six-game homestand against American League East teams with a 2-4 record.
Jon Lester (2-4) took the loss for Boston (12-14), allowing four runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Dickey got into a little trouble in the second, when Boston started a two-out rally with three straight hits, culminating in an RBI single from Jackie Bradley Jr. for a 1-0 Red Sox lead.
Brett Lawrie evened the score in the bottom half, launching a home run to left field off Lester.
Melky Cabrera put Toronto ahead to stay with an RBI double in the third, scoring Josh Thole from second base. With the hit, Cabrera has a hit in all but one of his 25 games.
Dickey’s day ended in the seventh after he hit Will Middlebrooks before giving up a double to Xander Bogaerts, putting two on with one out. Steve Delabar came on in relief and induced two flyouts to end the Boston threat.
The Blue Jays extended their lead in the seventh. After a leadoff double from Edwin Encarnacion, Lawrie earned his second RBI of the day when he ripped a double to make it 3-1.
A sacrifice fly from Juan Francisco moved Lawrie to third before he scored on a fielder’s choice by Moises Sierra for a 4-1 Toronto lead.
The Blue Jays scored three more runs in the eighth, including a two-run double by Encarnacion for the final score.