Blue Jays get win as Dickey does the job

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey throws to the first base on a pickoff attempt against the...

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey throws to the first base on a pickoff attempt against the Tampa Bay Rays during AL action in Toronto, May 20, 2013. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:05 PM ET

Its difficult to figure who R.A. Dickey is fooling much of the time with his knuckleball this season.

Dickey himself. Or, the guys trying to hit it.

Still, while Dickey remains somewhat mystified by what hes throwing, it was good enough Monday to propel the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-5 win over Tampa, in the opener of an important homestand that also includes division rival, Baltimore.

Dickey scattered four hits over eight innings in his longest outing of the season. It was also the third consecutive start in which he allowed just two earned runs, bumping his record to 3-5.

But there were warts. He blew a 3-1 lead. Two of the runners who scored got aboard on walks as he continues to battle control and velocity issues.

The knuckleball can be a very capricious animal. Its there one batter, then it kind of goes away, Dickey said. You can throw great ones and theyre just not strikes. I had great movement today and four hits, thats probably indicative of good movement. But its still tough when the velocity is a bit lower and you get bigger movements and its harder to keep it in the strike zone.


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