St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - While the long-awaited return of one of
the Toronto Blue Jays' premier offseason acquisitions didn't provide much of a
spark, the team got a huge lift from one of the others in its series finale
with the Tampa Bay Rays.
R.A. Dickey fired a two-hit shutout to get the Blue Jays back on track with a
3-0 triumph over the Rays in a game marked by Jose Reyes' comeback from an
absence of more than two months.
Reyes went 0-for-4 in his first game back from a severe ankle sprain the
dynamic shortstop sustained back on April 12, but the Blue Jays received solo
home runs from Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion to bounce back from two
straight losses to the Rays in which the club managed just a pair of runs.
Dickey (7-8) didn't need much support, with the veteran knuckleball specialist
carrying a perfect game into the fifth inning and permitting just three
baserunners in notching his sixth career shutout and first as a member of the
Counterpart Roberto Hernandez (4-9) put forth a strong effort as well on the
mound, but served up both Toronto homers and allowed all three runs on six
hits over eight-plus innings of work.
Melky Cabrera added an RBI single for Toronto, which had matched a franchise
record by ripping off 11 consecutive victories heading into the series. The
Rays had a three-game win streak halted.
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