TORONTO (AP) — R.A. Dickey snapped a two-start losing streak with a complete game, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Angels 8-4 on Thursday night.
Danny Valencia added a solo homer as the Blue Jays won for the second time in nine games.
It was Dickey’s first nine-inning complete game since June 26, 2013, when he beat Tampa Bay. He pitched an eight-inning compete game in a loss at Oakland last July.
Dickey (2-5) allowed four runs and five hits, walked two and struck out a season-high seven.
David Freese hit a two-run homer and Marc Krauss added a solo shot for Los Angeles, which had won nine of its previous 11 in Toronto.
Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker (3-4) allowed a season-high eight runs, seven earned, and eight hits in six-plus innings. Shoemaker has allowed two or more homers in three of his past four starts and has surrendered an AL-worst 13 in eight starts.
Starting in place of Albert Pujols (left hand), Krauss hit a second-deck homer on Dickey’s third pitch of the game. Freese hit a two-out, two-run blast in the ninth, the 11th homer allowed by Dickey and the sixth in his past three starts.
Valencia tied it with a leadoff drive in the third. Ryan Goins followed with a double and scored when Shoemaker made an errant throw to first on Steve Tolleson’s bunt single.
Toronto pulled away with four runs in the fifth. Jose Bautista hit an RBI single and Encarnacion followed with a blast to left, his 10th.
Freese hit an RBI double in the seventh but the Blue Jays chased Shoemaker and added two more in the bottom half. Bautista hit a sacrifice fly off Vinnie Pestano and Kevin Pillar drove in a run with an infield single.
Angels: Pujols was held out of the lineup a day after bruising his left hand when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto’s Drew Hutchison. Pujols did not take batting practice and hopes to return Friday at Boston.
Blue Jays: SS Jose Reyes (left ribs) went 1 for 4 in six innings of his first rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo. … 2B Devon Travis (left shoulder) missed his fifth straight game.
Angels: RHP Garrett Richards will face the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday night, his first start there since suffering a torn tendon in his left knee in August, 2014. Richards is 3-2 with a 2.29 ERA in six starts. RHP Rick Porcello (4-2, 4.26) starts for Boston.
Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (1-2, 3.55) makes his fourth start of the season as Toronto begins a three game series against Seattle. Estrada has yet to pitch more than five innings. His opponent will be Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (6-1, 2.30).
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