Jays snap skid with Yankees
TORONTO—With just over a month left in what has been a very disappointing season, the Toronto Blue Jays are hoping to take small steps now with an eye on spring training and the 2014 campaign.
Toronto bounced back from an awful road trip with a solid 5-2 victory over New York last night in the opener of a six-game homestand.
“The real tragedy in the season will be if there’s no growth out of what’s happened,” said Dickey.
“So we’re in a place where we’re probably evaluating some things, seeing what we can do better and how we can perform better next year, and what pieces to the puzzle are going to fit,” he noted.
“If we’re able to do that, then we’re able to take a step forward if nothing else from a year that has not gone as expected for anybody.
“So again, the real tragedy is if there’s no growth out of this,” Dickey reiterated.
“But I think that we’re headed in the right direction as far as that’s concerned.”
Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs and Jose Reyes scored twice for the Blue Jays (59-73), who have spent most of the year in last place in the A.L. East.
The bullpen did its job as Aaron Loup, Sergio Santos, and Casey Janssen—with his 24th save—kept New York off the scoresheet once Dickey left the mound.
Toronto was 2-8 on its recent road swing and needed a quality start from Dickey (10-12), who delivered a steady performance on a hot, humid evening at Rogers Centre.
His knuckleball was effective as he struck out six, walked three, and allowed six hits.
Dickey’s lone earned run came when Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez turned on a pitch in the fifth inning for a solo shot that tied the game.
It was his third homer of the season and 650th of his career.
The Jays came back with three runs in the bottom half of the frame. They took advantage of a rare error by right-fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who misplayed a drive from Encarnacion near the warning track.
Elsewhere in the AL, Kansas City bombed Tampa Bay 11-1, Oakland beat Detroit 8-6, Houston topped Chicago 10-8, and Texas downed Seattle 8-3.
Over in the NL, St. Louis beat Cincinnati 8-6, Philadelphia nipped New York 2-1, Colorado beat San Francisco 6-1, Arizona dumped San Diego 6-1, and L.A. downed Chicago 6-2.