TORONTO — R.A. Dickey won his second straight start, Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking, bases-loaded double in the seventh inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 Monday.
Dickey (4-5) allowed three runs – two earned – and four hits in a season-high eight innings as the Blue Jays won their fourth straight home game. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner walked four and struck out five.
Casey Janssen gave up a two-run homer to former Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar in the ninth. Booed by the crowd of 29,885, Escobar made a safe sign as he crossed the plate, prompting more jeers.
Desmond Jennings followed with a single and Matt Joyce walked, bringing the potential go-ahead run to the plate, but Janssen struck out Ben Zobrist on three pitches to end it.
Encarnacion doubled in the seventh after Josh Lueke (0-1) walked the bases loaded around a sacrifice and a flyout. Encarnacion's hit off the left-field wall ricocheted past outfielder Sam Fuld.
Munenori Kawasaki hit a two-out RBI triple off Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth.
Making his Rays debut and just his third major league start, right-hander Jake Odorizzi allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. He walked one, struck out a career-high six and retired 10 of his final 11 batters.
Henry Blanco hit a one-out double in the second and was called safe by C.B. Bucknor even though replays appeared to show he was tagged out by second baseman Ben Zobrist. One out later, Melky Cabrera hit an RBI double to right.
NOTES: Dickey has walked 28 batters in 62 innings this season. He walked 54 in 233 2-3 innings while pitching for the New York Mets last year. ... Dickey started with an extra day of rest after Sunday's game at Yankee Stadium was rained out. ... Toronto recalled OF Anthony Gose from Buffalo and optioned RHP Mickey Storey to Triple-A. Gose came in as a defensive replacement for Cabrera in the eighth. ... Odorizzi started for the Rays in place of LHP David Price, who is on the 15-day DL with a strained left triceps. ... Odorizzi is the 17th starter used by the Rays since the beginning of the 2008 season, the fewest in the majors. San Francisco has used the next fewest, at 20.