Reyes, Dickey combine to help snap Jays losing streak

Starter R.A. Dickey held the L.A. Angels to only four hits in seven shutout innings as the Blue...

Starter R.A. Dickey held the L.A. Angels to only four hits in seven shutout innings as the Blue Jays snapped a five game losing streak in Anaheim on Tuesday. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:11 AM ET

ANAHEIM - When you’re stuck in a rut as deep as the one that has consumed the Blue Jays on this West Coast trip, breaking free of the inertia of losing can be like flailing in quick sand. The harder you try to get free, the deeper you sink.

Tuesday night caught in the throes of a five-game losing streak, Jose Reyes came to bat in the seventh inning with two outs and Munenori Kawasaki on first base. The scoreboard showed that Toronto had 10 hits, the Angels just two, yet the Jays were only clinging tenuously to a 1-0 lead. Nothing was coming easily.

Reyes had driven in Toronto’s only run in the fifth inning with a single. Now, R.A. Dickey, having pitched brilliantly through six innings, needed a cushion. And Reyes gave him one, launching a majestic home run to the bullpen in left, a two-run belt that gave the Jays a 3-0 lead. You could almost feel the collective exhalation of tension from the Toronto dugout.


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