R.A. Dickey finished a difficult and disappointing season with a win.
Dickey slowed Tampa Bay's stretch run, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-3 victory Friday night that stopped the Rays' seven-game winning streak.
Dickey (14-13) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, retiring 13 of 14 during one stretch. The 38-year-old knuckleballer, acquired from the New York Mets during the offseason after he won the NL Cy Young Award, struggled earlier this season but finished strongly, going 5-1 with a 3.17 ERA in his last seven starts.
''He had a good year,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''It was his 14th win and for a team below .500, you'll take that.''
Toronto had hoped to be well above .500 after adding Dickey, shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle and righty Josh Johnson in a pair of offseason trades. Instead, the Blue Jays were ravaged by injuries and sunk by poor starting pitching.
''We're playing hard. We're not going to give games away right now,''...