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Red Sox-Blue Jays Preview

Something about Rogers Centre - and pretty much the road in general lately - has given Wade Miley fits.

It has brought out the best in R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays recently.

Dickey looks to win a sixth straight home start when he faces Miley and the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

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The Blue Jays (85-62) have won 17 of 21 on their field since Aug. 2 after beating Boston 6-1 on Friday to open a nine-game homestand, their last of the season before closing with a seven-game trip.

Toronto also extended its AL East lead to 4 1/2 games after the New York Yankees lost to the Mets. Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson drove in two runs and Ryan Goins had an RBI triple, but Edwin Encarnacion's franchise-record 44-game streak of reaching base ended.

Donaldson finished 2 for 4 and is batting .480 during a six-game hitting streak against the Red Sox (69-77). He's batting .339 at home compared to .265 on the road.

"I love pitching here," Marcus Stroman said after going seven innings to earn the win. "I feel great when I'm out there. When the roof is open it's my favorite place to be. I don't want to be anywhere else. It's special. I feel like I just thrive off everyone's energy."

Dickey (10-11, 4.08 ERA) might feel the same way. He has a 1.69 ERA in his last six at Rogers Centre with wins in his last five, including a complete-game, 5-1 win over Cleveland in his most recent appearance there Sept. 2.

He had a 2.67 ERA over his previous 12 starts overall - the Blue Jays won the last 10 - before he allowed all of the Yankees' runs in 7 2-3 innings of a 5-0 road loss Sunday.

The right-hander, who suffered his first defeat since July 9, gave up two runs in 15 innings over his previous two outings.

Dickey went 0-3 with a 5.76 ERA in his first four starts against the Red Sox this season before allowing one run in six innings of a 5-1, 10-inning win Sept. 8. Mookie Betts and Pablo Sandoval are both 5 for 14 off Dickey this year, with Betts having two triples and Sandoval hitting a homer and three doubles.

Betts has hit .434 in his last 13 games and is batting .421 during an 18-game hitting streak against Toronto.

Miley (11-10, 4.41) has had no suck luck with the Blue Jays, posting a 9.24 ERA in three career starts against them. The left-hander has allowed eight runs and 15 hits in 11 innings over two games at Rogers Centre this season. Miley walked a career high-tying seven the last time he took the mound there July 2, but he's walked just two in 36 innings over his last five outings.

He's 0-1 with a 5.96 ERA in his last four road starts as opposing batters have hit .342, although he was better last Friday at Tampa Bay while giving up three runs in seven innings before the bullpen blew the lead in an 8-4 defeat.

That loss opened a nine-game road trip for Boston, during which it has gone 3-4. Josh Rutledge drove in the Red Sox's lone run with a fifth-inning single Friday.

"We just gave this team extra chances at times and they took advantage of them," interim manager Torey Lovullo said. "That's why they're in first place."