All-Star slugger Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer, R.A. Dickey won back-to-back starts for the first time in a month and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 on Sunday in the teams’ final game before the All-Star break.
Donaldson is the sixth player in American League history to hit at least 20 home runs and score 80 runs or more before the All-Star break. The others were Lou Gehrig (1936), Ted Williams (1946), Reggie Jackson (1969), Frank Thomas (1994), and Alex Rodriguez (2000).
Donaldson is the first player to score 80 or more runs before the break since 2008, when Ian Kinsler (84) and Hanley Ramirez (80) both did it.
Dickey (7-9) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time since victories at Boston on June 3 and at Detroit on June 8.
Jesse Chavez got two outs in the eighth and Brett Cecil got the third. Bo Schultz finished for Toronto, which has won eight of 11 against Detroit.
The Blue Jays took a 2-0 led against Anibal Sanchez (5-10) in the second when catcher Josh Thole hit a bases-loaded single. For Thole, the RBIs were his first since hitting a solo home run at Tampa Bay on April 4, Toronto’s second game of the season.
Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, made it 5-0 with a two-out drive in the fourth, his 23rd.
Fellow All-Star Michael Saunders made it 6-1 with an RBI single off Kyle Ryan in the eighth.
Sanchez lost his second straight start, allowing five runs and eight hits in four innings.
Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion sat out after dropping his appeal of a one-game suspension for making contact with umpire Vic Carapazza. An All-Star this season for the third time, Encarnacion was suspended for bumping Carapazza’s shoulder after being ejected at the end of the first inning in Toronto’s 19-inning loss to Cleveland on July 1.
The Associated Press via CBC.ca
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