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Dickey's complete-game 2-hitter leads Jays over Rays

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- R.A. Dickey baffled the Tampa Bay Rays again.

Dickey pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game of the year, Jose Reyes went 0 for 4 in his return from a two-month layoff and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Rays 3-0 Wednesday for their 12th win in 14 games.

"I just concentrate on trying to produce a good knuckleball down in the strike zone for a strike, and today I was able to do that," Dickey said. "Mechanically, I was very repeatable, and you saw the results. They were hitting a lot of ground balls, I had a high strike percentage, so that's what I'm looking for."

Dickey (7-8) retired his first 13 batters before James Loney grounded a single between shortstop and third base with one out in the fifth. Yunel Escobar had a one-out single in the sixth, then was erased when Matt Joyce hit a double-play grounder.

"Tremendous," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "You could tell early on he had it going. That ball was dancing. Big break. We played a nice ballgame and as good a game as you can pitch, I guess, unless it's perfect."

Dickey struck out six and walked one. The knuckleballer pitched a one-hitter for the New York Mets against the Rays on June 13 last year, allowing B.J. Upton's first-inning infield single.

"He was really good, there's no question," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We didn't hit, I think, even one ball hard. He was just on top of his game."

Only one Tampa Bay runner, Desmond Jennings who walked and stole second in the seventh, advanced past first base.

Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion homered for the Blue Jays, who had lost two in a row after tying their team record of 11 straight wins.

Reyes, the All-Star shortstop traded from Miami to Toronto during the offseason, had been sidelined since severely spraining his left ankle sliding into second base during an April 12 game at Kansas City. He grounded out three times, stranding runners on second in the third and fifth innings, and also flied out. His average dropped from .397 to .357 (15 for 42).

"Everything felt the way that I expected," Reyes said. "I enjoyed being out there because I missed that for a long time."

Reyes also made a nifty defensive play in the first inning, going into the hole to make a back-handed grab and then throw out Jennings at first.

"It's fun to feel the effect of that right out of the chute," Dickey said. "I've played with him for a while now, and I'll tell my grandkids about him. He's that good of a player."

Jose Bautista doubled leading off the fourth and scored on Melky Cabrera's two-out single. Lind homered in the sixth and Encarnacion in the ninth.

Roberto Hernandez (4-9) gave up three runs and six hits in eight-plus innings.

"I think Roberto was fantastic," Maddon said. "That was probably his best game all year."

Notes

  • To make room for Reyes, Toronto optioned SS Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo after Tuesday's game. It was a move that prompted Gibbons to hold a team meeting to announce the news. "It's always tough sending anybody out, but there's something special about this guy," Gibbons said. "He was so well-liked and loved by this teammates. He'll be back." Gibbons said this is first time he has done something like that in his managerial career.
  • The game was played in 2 hours, 10 minutes.
  • 2B Ben Zobrist took a hit away from Lind in the second, diving to his right to field a hard shot and then throwing to first.
 
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Toronto's R.A. Dickey, looking like a Cy Young winner again, pitches a two-hitter for his first complete game of the year. (USATSI)
Toronto's R.A. Dickey, looking like a Cy Young winner again, pitches a two-hitter for his first complete game of the year. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Dickey
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
Tampa Bay

R. Hernandez
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 1
K 5
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4000002 .357
Jose Bautista, RF4110010 .247
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4111001 .271
Adam Lind, 1B4111011 .322
Melky Cabrera, DH3011110 .279
Colby Rasmus, CF4000022 .242
Rajai Davis, LF3010010 .295
Josh Thole, C3000010 .105
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B3010001 .211
Totals3236317  
Batting
2B - Jose Bautista (14, R. Hernandez)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (22, R. Hernandez), Adam Lind (11, R. Hernandez)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (64), Adam Lind (31), Melky Cabrera (29)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Lind (16), Melky Cabrera (18)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (11, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Molina)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Bonifacio-Reyes-Lind
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (W,7-8) 9200160 4.72
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 93-68
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 11-9
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 29
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Joyce, LF4000011 .253
Desmond Jennings, CF3000110 .256
Ben Zobrist, 2B3000011 .271
Evan Longoria, 3B3000021 .299
James Loney, 1B3010001 .309
Wil Myers, RF3000001 .268
Luke Scott, DH3000001 .236
Jose Molina, C2000000 .263
    Sam Fuld, PH1000000 .179
Yunel Escobar, SS3010010 .245
Totals2802016  
a-lined out for Molina in the 8th
Batting
SB - Desmond Jennings (9, 2nd base off Dickey/Thole)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Loney-Escobar
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roberto Hernandez (L,4-9) 8633152 4.98
Jamey Wright 1000020 3.11
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 118-84, Jamey Wright 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 11-7
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 30, Jamey Wright 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21502
Game Time - 2:10
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Chris Conroy