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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 1

By Gordon Edes

TORONTO -- Takeaways from the Rogers Centre, where the R.A. Dickey bobblehead doll packed the house and R.A. Dickey the knuckleballer bobbed and weaved his way past Jon Lester and the Red Sox Sunday aftermoon.

The result: The Blue Jays broke up a close game with two runs in the seventh off Lester and three more in the eighth off Sox relievers Andrew Miller and Burke Badenhop to pull away to a 7-1 win before a crowd of 45,260 under the roof.

Dominant Dickey: Dickey gave up a run on three straight two-out singles in the second, the last an RBI bloop by Jackie Bradley Jr., then did not allow another hit until Xander Bogaerts’s one-out double in the seventh. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.

Jays manager John Gibbons lifted Dickey for reliever Steve Delabar after the Bogaerts double, which put Sox runners on second and third in what was still a one-run game. Delabar induced Bradley to foul out to third, and David Ross flied out to the track in center to end the threat.

Luckless Lester: Lester gave up just three hits through the first six innings and did not walk a batter, but still lost for the fourth time in six decisions. Brett Lawrie homered in the second to tie the score, and an opposite-field ground-ball double by Melky Cabrera broke the tie in the third.

That would be it until the seventh, when Edwin Encarnacion and Lawrie hit back-to-back doubles for one run, and Lawrie scored from third on a tapper to Lester.

A dropped popup by catcher Ross helped fuel the Jays’ rally in the eighth against Miller and Badenhop, Cabrera blooping a single after Ross dropped what would have been the second out, putting runners on the corners. Jose Bautista beat out an infield hit, and Encarnacion doubled home two more against Badenhop.