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Reyes, Dickey lead Blue Jays over Rays 8-2


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays hit three home runs and R.A. Dickey's knuckleball was darting all over the place Tuesday night.

''When we're playing good, that's the kind of game that we play,'' said Jose Reyes, whose three-run homer broke a fourth-inning tie and sent Toronto past the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2.

''Hopefully, we can play more games like we did tonight,'' he said.

Dickey (11-12) gave up two hits in seven innings and the Blue Jays won their third straight as they try to stay in the AL wild-card race.

''We hope we heat up,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''August was a lean stretch for us, but that's over with now. We don't want to think about that.''

Danny Valencia also homered off Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (1-3). Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro added a two-run shot off Cesar Ramos in the eighth.

Jose Bautista's streak of homering in five straight games ended, but he had two singles and an RBI for Toronto.

Dickey gave up two runs, struck out six and walked three.

''From a movement standpoint, I had a really good knuckleball tonight, and it was tough to control it,'' said Dickey, who pitched at least six innings for the 13th time in 14 starts.

''I hit a couple batters, balls were really tailing off late in the zone, which speaks to how many balls they put into play hard - not many, which is good. Outside of that one inning, I felt like I was right on point,'' he said.

The Rays got both of their hits and runs in the second.

Yunel Escobar scored the second run on Kevin Kiermaier's sacrifice fly caught by Reyes, the shortstop, in short left field.

Aaron Sanchez and Todd Redmond each pitched an inning of hitless relief.

Reyes, who singled and scored in the third, had his 13th multiple-hit game in his last 29 games.

Hellickson gave up five runs on eight hits in 3 1-3 innings, the shortest of his nine starts since coming back from January elbow surgery.

''I think it was a matter of locating the ball to some spots that were better suited for the Blue Jays than us,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

A win on Wednesday or Thursday night would give the Blue Jays their first series victory at Tropicana Field since April 6-8, 2007.

''I don't think anybody's throwing in the towel,'' Dickey said. ''Who knows what a good September might do for us? If we can finish strong and worry about us, not other people, you never know what can happen.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: INF Brett Lawrie (oblique) was transferred from the 15- to 60-day disabled list, which ends his regular season. ... RHP Brandon Morrow (finger) and 1B Dan Johnson (hamstring) were activated from the disabled list. ... LHP Brett Cecil was unavailable due to some minor stiffness.

Rays: CF Desmond Jennings (sore left knee) was out of the lineup for the fifth straight game.

UP NEXT

Rays RHP Chris Archer (8-7) and Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (8-5) are Wednesday night's scheduled starters. Archer is coming off a loss to Boston Friday where he gave up a season-high eight runs in four innings.

FIRST PITCH

Former Blue Jays pitcher and one-time Rays bat boy Jesse Litsch threw the ceremonial first pitch. The St. Petersburg native, who announced his retirement last month, went 27-27 over parts of five seasons with Toronto.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Reyes
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Toronto

R. Dickey
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 2
BB 3
K 6
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Reyes, SS5223000.285.329.407
Melky Cabrera, LF5010030.304.354.463
   Anthony Gose, CF0000000.234.333.291
Jose Bautista, RF5021020.285.398.520
Edwin Encarnacion, DH1000400.262.356.555
   Dalton Pompey, PR-DH0000000.000.000.000
Adam Lind, 1B3000124.306.371.459
   Steve Tolleson, PR-3B1110000.230.293.355
Danny Valencia, 3B-1B5111006.284.328.405
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B3000001.271.323.310
   Ryan Goins, 2B1111000.203.228.285
Kevin Pillar, CF-LF4110001.237.246.339
Josh Thole, C3110010.263.344.298
   a-Dioner Navarro, PH-C1112000.280.318.402
R.A. Dickey, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Sanchez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Todd Redmond, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals37811858    
a-homered for Thole in the 8th
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (35, Hellickson)
3B - Ryan Goins (2, Ramos)
HR - Jose Reyes (9, Hellickson), Danny Valencia (4, Hellickson), Dioner Navarro (11, Ramos)
RBI - Jose Reyes 3 (44), Jose Bautista (84), Danny Valencia (18), Ryan Goins (12), Dioner Navarro 2 (59)
2-OUT RBI - Dioner Navarro 2 (24)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Dickey-Reyes
PB - Josh Thole 2 (9)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (W,11-12) 7222360 3.94
Aaron Sanchez 1000010 1.59
Todd Redmond 1000000 2.78
WP - R.A. Dickey (4)
HBP - DeJesus (by R.A. Dickey)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 107-66, Aaron Sanchez 13-8, Todd Redmond 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 8-7, Aaron Sanchez 1-1
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 28, Aaron Sanchez 3, Todd Redmond 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ben Zobrist, 2B4000022.270.354.403
Wil Myers, RF4000031.218.301.335
Matt Joyce, LF4000001.263.360.401
Evan Longoria, 3B3000110.252.322.391
James Loney, 1B4110001.283.330.371
Yunel Escobar, SS1100200.246.313.310
David DeJesus, DH3000003.261.359.426
Ryan Hanigan, C3011011.224.322.339
Kevin Kiermaier, CF2001000.267.322.462
Jeremy Hellickson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Steven Geltz, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brandon Gomes, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cesar Ramos, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2822237    
Batting
SF - Kevin Kiermaier (2)
RBI - Ryan Hanigan (29), Kevin Kiermaier (32)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hellickson-Hanigan-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hellickson (L,1-3) 3.1855222 3.74
Steven Geltz 1000130 0.00
Brandon Gomes 2.2000020 4.05
Cesar Ramos 2333211 3.79
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 87-56, Steven Geltz 16-11, Brandon Gomes 32-22, Cesar Ramos 44-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 2-5, Brandon Gomes 1-5, Cesar Ramos 2-3
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 19, Steven Geltz 4, Brandon Gomes 8, Cesar Ramos 11
Game Information
Attendance - 10125
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Chris Segal, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Kerwin Danley