Orioles vs. Blue Jays: Baltimore strikes early against R.A. Dickey, Toronto


Danny Valencia is congratulated by Orioles teammate J.J. Hardy after hitting a two-run homer in the third inning in Toronto. (Tom Szczerbowski/GETTY IMAGES)
May 25, 2013

– For the second time within an 18-hour span, the Baltimore Orioles’ bats jumped on a Toronto starter early.

A day after battering Blue Jays rookie Sean Nolin in his major league debut, the Orioles roughed up reigning National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey on Saturday afternoon.

The Orioles scored three runs in the opening frame and plated five runs in the first three innings against the knuckleballer on their way to a 6-5 win at Rogers Centre.

The Orioles (27-22) have won four of their last five — all against AL East opponents — and can win their sixth series against a division foe with a victory in Sunday’s finale.

In claiming their AL-leading 16th road win, the Orioles have also scored five or more runs in each of their past eight road games, the first time they’ve done that since July 19 to Aug. 8, 1998, when they scored five or more in nine straight road games.

Dickey, who tossed a one-hit shutout against the Orioles last June while pitching for the New York Mets, hasn’t fared well since. In two outings facing the Orioles as a Blue Jay, Dickey is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA, allowing 15 hits and 10 earned runs over 122 / 3 innings with eight walks and eight strikeouts.

On Saturday, the Orioles snapped Dickey’s three-game quality-start streak, scoring six runs on nine hits through 62 / 3 innings. The Orioles, who had hit 15 homers in their last five games, hit two homers off Dickey on Saturday afternoon, including Adam Jones’s solo homer in the seventh that landed in the second deck of the left field stands and chased Dickey from the game.

— Baltimore Sun

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