Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Associated Press
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"Throughout the course of the season you're going to have a clunker or two," Dickey said. "You just have to try and forget it as soon as you can. Obviously today was one of those days for me."
The five first-inning runs allowed by Dickey matched the number he gave up in the first inning in all of 2012, when he made 33 starts.
Lester (2-0) allowed five hits, all singles, in seven shutout innings.
"A lot of quality strikes," Manager John Farrell said. "He delivered the ball downhill. He carried his stuff through the full seven innings."
Lester walked none and struck out six, improving to 6-2 with a 2.13 ERA in his past nine starts at Rogers Centre.
"His performance was kind of overshadowed because we hit six home runs," Middlebrooks said.
"He shut out a good hitting team. All his pitches were on and when that cutter is on, he's really dangerous."
Clayton Mortensen pitched the final two innings for Boston.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the starting lineup, the third straight game he's missed with a sore right ankle.
The two-time major league home run leader twisted his ankle stepping on first base while beating out a double play in the eighth inning last Thursday.