TORONTO -- Who won the trade now?
Facing his former team for the first time since getting swapped for Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard in December 2012, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey held the New York Mets hitless until Juan Lagares' two-out double in the fifth. Dickey ultimately took a scoreless effort into the eighth inning. And aided by sloppy fielding, the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Mets, 7-1, Thursday at Rogers Centre.
The Mets equaled a season high in going 21 innings without a run until Lucas Duda chased Dickey with a one-out solo homer in the eighth. It was only the third hit of the game for the Amazins.
The Mets (36-32) endured a scoreless drought of the same length during an early May stretch that included consecutive shutouts by the Washington Nationals.
Dickey walked five batters over the first three innings, including a trio to load the bases in the second. However, that frame ended with Curtis Granderson striking out.
The Mets dropped to 10-21 on the road this season.
Bartolo Colon was charged with seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and one walk in a season-low-matching 4 1/3 innings. He departed with his pitch count at 82 one batter after allowing a solo homer to Chris Colabello that staked Toronto to a 7-0 lead.
Colon (age 42) and Dickey (40) became the first pair of 40-plus-year-old starting pitchers to face off since the Philadelphia Phillies' Jamie Moyer and the San Diego Padres' Greg Maddux on Aug. 15, 2008.
Colon did not receive help from his infielders.
In the second inning, second baseman Dilson Herrera errantly failed to field an inning-opening grounder that had bounced awkwardly off the mound and to him. Third baseman Ruben Tejada then flubbed Russell Martin's grounder and had to settle for the out at first base rather than convert a double play. Kevin Pillar ultimately drove in an unearned run with a two-out RBI single.
Pillar again was front and center as a 1-0 lead turned into 6-0 rout in a disastrous fourth inning.
With two runners on base and one out, shortstop Wilmer Flores decided to jump on a line drive off the bat of Pillar -- except that the liner came in lower and Flores did not need to leap. The baseball glanced off his glove on what was ruled a single.
With the bases loaded, Ryan Goins hit a ground ball. However, while trying to complete an inning-ending double play that would have kept the Jays off the scoreboard in the inning, Flores was taken out at second base by an aggressive slide from Pillar.
The wheels fell off from there. Jose Reyes, who otherwise had a quiet four-game reunion with the Mets, followed with an RBI single. Josh Donaldson had an RBI double. And Jose Bautista contributed a two-run single to cap the five-run frame.
Debutant: Logan Verrett made his Mets debut with two perfect relief innings that included four strikeouts.
It was not Verrett's major league debut, though. A Rule 5 pick in December by the Baltimore Orioles, then a waiver claim by the Texas Rangers on the eve of the regular season, Verrett made four relief appearances with the AL West club in April before being designated for assignment and then returned to the Mets.
What's next: The Mets return to NL East play with a trip to Turner Field to face the Atlanta Braves. Jacob deGrom will celebrate his 27th birthday by opposing Matt Wisler in the prospect's expected major league debut. Wisler replaces demoted Mike Foltynewicz in Atlanta's rotation.