Blue Jays lose 5-3 to Pedroia, Red Sox
TORONTO (AP) Toronto's R.A. Dickey is still looking for his first home win of the season. He also is looking for a little more run support.
The Blue Jays lost out on a chance for a weekend sweep of Boston when Dustin Pedroia hit an RBI double in the 11th inning to lead the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory Sunday.
Dickey allowed three runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He is 0-4 with a 5.55 ERA in six home starts.
''I didn't really have a swing and miss knuckleball today,'' Dickey said.
Dickey held the Red Sox hitless through five but Boston scored three in the sixth. Mookie Betts hit a one-out triple and scored on Pedroia's single. Xander Bogaerts singled, extending his hitting streak to 22 games, and Travis Shaw walked to load the bases before Dickey hit Hanley Ramirez to bring home the tying run.
Left-hander Chad Girodo replaced Dickey and walked Jackie Bradley Jr. on a 3-2 pitch.
''I pitched just well enough that we had a shot,'' Dickey said. ''I wouldn't consider it a great outing but I wouldn't consider it a bad outing either.''
Dickey has received two runs or fewer of support in seven of his past eight starts.
''I've played long enough to understand that there's a rhythm to these things,'' Dickey said. ''There'll be a stretch where I get a bunch.''
Boston recorded its 13th comeback victory one day after losing 10-9 on an infield single in the ninth. The Red Sox lost 7-5 Friday.
''I couldn't be more proud with the energy and effort,'' manager John Farrell said.
Blake Swihart drew a one-out walk against Gavin Floyd (2-4) and moved to third when Floyd threw a wild ball four to the next batter, Mookie Betts.
Drew Storen came on to face Pedroia, who hit a ground-rule double to right-center. Pedroia went 2 for 6 with two RBIs.
Removed from Boston's rotation Friday after losing his previous two starts, Clay Buchholz (3-5) worked one inning for the win in his first relief appearance since Aug. 17, 2008.
Koji Uehara finished for his first save as Boston became the first AL team to reach 30 wins.
Gibbons said Floyd is ''worn down'' after pitching three times in four days and suggested Toronto would make a move to reinforce its bullpen on Monday.
''There's a good chance something's got to happen, I would think,'' Gibbons said.
It was the 14th loss of the season for the Blue Jays' bullpen, matching Atlanta and Cincinnati for most in the majors.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer for Toronto, which had won a season-high four straight.
Toronto trailed 3-2 before Edwin Encarnacion tied it with a leadoff homer against Heath Hembree in the eighth, his 11th.
Making his first start in Toronto since helping the Blue Jays reach the American League Championship Series last October, David Price gave up two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, leaving to a loud ovation from the crowd of 47,916.
''That felt good, for sure,'' Price said. ''A standing ovation is always good. It's not very common to get one whenever you're away from home.''
Encarnacion's homer was his 100th at Rogers Centre. He is the fifth Blue Jays player to hit at least 100 home runs at the stadium, joining Carlos Delgado (175), Bautista (131), Vernon Wells (129) and Joe Carter (123).
Red Sox: RHP Steven Wright (4-4, 2.52 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series at Baltimore. Wright has allowed 10 earned runs in his past three outings, raising his ERA by a full run. RHP Tyler Wilson (2-3, 3.80 ERA) starts for the Orioles.
Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (2-2, 2.76 ERA) starts the opener of the three-game series against the New York Yankees. RHP Ivan Nova (3-2, 3.65 ERA) starts for New York on Monday.