TORONTO—As a season to forget begins to wind down, R.A. Dickey achieved a small victory yesterday.
The Blue Jays’ knuckleballer tossed 5 1/3 innings in Toronto’s 5-4 loss to the L.A. Angels to reach 200 innings for the third-straight year.
“In the AL East, you probably won’t find five or six guys who are able to top 200 innings,” noted Dickey, who didn’t figure in the decision.
“But it’s only a silver lining for a year that for the most part has been a struggle.”
C.J. Wilson (16-6) won his eighth-straight decision and Kole Calhoun drove in two runs on sacrifice flies, including the deciding RBI in the eighth, as L.A. took it’s second-straight against the Jays.
Mark Trumbo also hit a two-run home run for the Angels (69-76) a night after going 5-for-5 with four extra-base hits and five runs scored in Tuesday’s 12-6 series-opening victory.
Moises Sierra had two doubles and a triple with an RBI for the Jays (67-78), who had just four hits.
Wilson (16-6) allowed four hits, four walks, and four runs (three earned) while striking out six over seven innings to improve to 12-1 in 17 starts since June 14.
Dickey, meanwhile, allowed seven hits, two walks, and four runs, but failed to pitch at least six innings for the first time in 15 starts.
“We took two leads and coughed both those up,” noted Jays’ manager John Gibbons.
“I thought that his first inning was pretty good [but] they started to chip away, and I thought it was enough.”
Dickey didn’t seem to agree with Gibbons’ thought process.
“The manger’s decision is the manager’s decision,” said the right-hander. “You have to ask him why he does or doesn’t leave guys in or takes them out.
“I definitely felt I had more left in the tank, for sure,” he stressed.
The game was out of Dickey’s hands when reliever Steve Delabar (5-3) walked Mike Trout with one out in the eighth and Josh Hamilton moved him to third with a double to right.
Trumbo was intentionally walked to load the bases before Calhoun hit a sacrifice fly to left to put the Angels up 5-4.