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Dickey dazzles as Jays avoid sweep with shutout

Dickey dazzles as Jays avoid sweep with shutout

by Steve Carney

When facing a knuckleballer, you usually get either a stellar outing or a horrible performance.  Unfortunately for the Tampa Bay Rays, they got the former when facing R.A. Dickey Wednesday.

Dickey threw a complete-game two-hitter, and Adam Lind's home run in the sixth helped Toronto prevent a sweep by the Rays with a 3-0 decision at Tropicana Field.

Dickey retired the first 13 straight batters he faced until James Loney's single with one out in the fifth inning.  The only other hit off the knuckleballer was a single by Yunel Escobar in the sixth.

Roberto Hernandez matched Dickey pitch for pitch for the first three innings, but in the fourth Jose Bautista doubled to right field, moved to third on an Adam Lind groundout two batters later, and scored on a single by Melky Cabrera.

Toronto's other two runs both came via the longball, as Lind's two-out homer in the sixth made the deficit 2-0, and Edwin Encarnacion's solo shot to lead off the ninth set the score at 3-0.

The Rays have Thursday off before welcoming in the Detroit Tigers for three games starting Friday.  Alex Colome (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the start against Max Scherizer (11-0, 3.05 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

 

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