ARLINGTON, Texas — Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was feeling a bit nostalgic even without his best stuff. Former Highland star Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus just hit the ball hard.
Lind and Rasmus both hit two-run homers while Dickey worked into the sixth inning against his original team, as the Blue Jays stretched their winning streak to four games with a 6-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
"This was a game when I didn't have my best knuckleball. I had a good enough one to survive the outing, but not much more," Dickey said.
It was in Texas eight years ago that Dickey started using the knuckleball as his primary pitch. He won the NL Cy Young Award last year pitching for the New York Mets, and is having an up-and-down first season with the Blue Jays.
Though he allowed 10 base runners (seven singles and three walks), Dickey allowed only one run over 5 2-3 innings.
"Even when he's not at his best, he competes," manager John Gibbons said. "He battled, got out of some jams."
Even with the unexpected early return of second baseman Ian Kinsler from his rehabilitation assignment, the Rangers' season-long losing streak reached five games. All of those losses are at home, and they've dropped 10 of 14 overall to fall out of first place in the AL West.
They have scored only six runs the past five games, and were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position Saturday.
"It's just simple baseball, getting base hits with runners in scoring position," manager Ron Washington said. "It's not just one part of the batting order. It's up and down the lineup. We gave ourselves more opportunities today than we have in the last week or so."
Lind put the Blue Jays ahead to stay in the first, when his seventh homer of the season ricocheted high off pole down the right field line. Rasmus hit his 12th homer, and second in two games, in the fourth to make it 4-0.