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On a day the Blue Jays brass kept the roster intact at the trade deadline, Jose Bautista hit a go-ahead double in the top of the 10th inning as Toronto defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Wednesday for a series win and their fifth victory in seven games following a seven-game skid.
"For us to only give up two runs on a day we had four errors is a real positive," Dickey said. "I don't think anybody really expected us to make a move in here. We have the team in here, at least the nucleus in here that's going to get it done one way or another."
Bautista lined a double to right against Jesse Chavez (2-3). Rookie catcher Stephen Vogt's second costly passed ball of the game allowed Jose Reyes to advance after a leadoff infield single, and Reyes scored on Bautista's hit.
"It wasn't pretty. This is a brutal sun field," manager John Gibbons said. "We got lucky there."
A's starter Bartolo Colon and Dickey each settled for no-decisions, leaving after six innings apiece with the game tied at 2.
A's All-Star closer Grant Balfour struck out the side in order in the ninth, but Chavez couldn't hold down the heart of Toronto's batting order.
Oakland lost for the first time in nine games with Vogt starting behind the plate. His passed ball in the fourth allowed a run to score.
The A's missed plenty of chances in losing for only the fourth time in 11 games -- and the fourth in 11 extra-inning contests this year.
"It's not something we're going to go home and lose sleep about but it's definitely frustrating," third baseman Josh Donaldson said. "There were points in the game where they were almost trying to give us the game, and we weren't able to take advantage of it."
Dickey wasn't helped by four errors, two of which allowed the A's to score, and the knuckleballer did not yield an earned run. The right-hander is winless in his last five starts, going 0-3 since beating the Tigers on July 1, and has only one victory in nine starts against the A's.
Dickey collided with third baseman Brett Lawrie on an infield popup behind the mound to allow Eric Sogard to reach leading off the fifth, then Sogard scored on Maicer Izturis' second miscue of the game when the second baseman chased down a popup in shallow right field but dropped it as he appeared to lose the ball in the sun.
"We were having with the sky, some sun," Dickey said. "My particular play I just tripped over the Rosin bag and I heard Brett call for it late or I would have gotten out of the way, but I was on my way falling down."
Colon, a 14-game winner and All-Star at age 40, allowed seven hits and two runs -- one earned -- struck out one and walked three.
The AL West-leading A's lost consecutive games for the first time since opening the second half by dropping two in a row in Anaheim.
They wasted a chance in the fourth against Dickey after loading the bases with no outs. Oakland last faced a knuckleballer when they beat Tim Wakefield 15-5 on Aug. 26, 2011.
"That could have been the climax of the game if that gets out of hand, but it didn't and it was good," Dickey said.
A's right fielder Josh Reddick was a late lineup scratch after he showed up at the ballpark with a headache, a day after teammate Jed Lowrie's knee hit him in the head after both chased a foul ball along the right field line.
Manager Bob Melvin said it wasn't considered to be a concussion but the team would be cautious and give him until Friday's series opener with the Texas Rangers after an off day Thursday.
|Jose Reyes rounds third base in the 10th inning and scores the go-ahead run for the Blue Jays. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.317|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||3||.244|
|Jose Bautista, RF||4||1||1||1||1||1||3||.254|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||4||1||0||0||1||0||4||.277|
|Adam Lind, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.290|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||5||1||3||2||0||0||0||.277|
|Rajai Davis, LF||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.279|
|Josh Thole, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.120|
|b-Melky Cabrera, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.280|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.218|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||3||0||1||1||1||1||1||.209|
|a-walked for Lind in the 10th|
|b-struck out for Thole in the 9th|
|2B - Jose Bautista (21, J. Chavez), Colby Rasmus (24, Colon)|
|SH - Maicer Izturis (3)|
|RBI - Jose Bautista (66), Colby Rasmus 2 (55), Brett Lawrie (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brett Lawrie (5)|
|CS - Maicer Izturis (5, 2nd base by Cook/Vogt)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Jose Bautista (4, Throwing), R.A. Dickey (1, Dropped fly), Maicer Izturis 2 (10, Misplayed grounder)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Casey Janssen (W,4-0)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.36|
|Brett Cecil (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.63|
|Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 95-63, Aaron Loup 23-13, Steve Delabar 12-8, Casey Janssen 19-14, Brett Cecil 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 8-10, Casey Janssen 1-1, Brett Cecil 2-0|
|Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 28, Aaron Loup 6, Steve Delabar 2, Casey Janssen 3, Brett Cecil 3|
|Coco Crisp, CF||5||0||0||0||0||0||4||.248|
|Eric Sogard, 2B||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|a-Alberto Callaspo, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||5||0||2||0||0||1||0||.293|
|Yoenis Cespedes, DH||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.229|
|Brandon Moss, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.238|
|b-Nate Freiman, PH-1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||4||0||2||0||1||1||1||.297|
|Seth Smith, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Chris Young, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||6||.192|
|Stephen Vogt, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.200|
|a-flied out for Sogard in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Moss in the 8th|
|2B - Chris Young (14, Dickey)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Lowrie-Sogard-Moss, Lowrie-Sogard-Moss-Vogt-Sogard|
|PB - Stephen Vogt 2 (3)|
|Jesse Chavez (L,2-3)||0.1||2||3||3||1||0||0||4.14|
|IBB - Encarnacion by Jesse Chavez|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 97-53, Ryan Cook 12-9, Sean Doolittle 8-7, Grant Balfour 12-10, Jesse Chavez 21-13, Jerry Blevins 11-5, Pat Neshek 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 6-10, Ryan Cook 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 27, Ryan Cook 4, Sean Doolittle 2, Grant Balfour 3, Jesse Chavez 4, Jerry Blevins 2, Pat Neshek 2|
|Attendance - 23638|
|Game Time - 3:18|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|