Dickey earns 100th win as Blue Jays beat Rays 5-3

TORONTO (AP) R.A. Dickey pitched seven innings to earn his 100th career win, Josh Donaldson hit his 40th home run and the Toronto Blue Jays moved closer to clinching their first playoff berth in 22 years with a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Toronto leads the AL East and would clinch at least a wild-card spot if both the Twins and Angels lose Friday. Neither team had completed its game when the Blue Jays' contest ended.

Toronto hasn't been to the postseason since winning their second straight World Series in 1993.

Jose Bautista and Kevin Pillar also went deep for Toronto, which leads the majors with 217 homers, the fourth highest total in team history. The Blue Jays hit 257 homers in 2010.

Dickey (11-11), who came in winless in three starts, settled down after a shaky first. He retired 18 of the final 19 batters he faced, including the last 11 straight.

Tampa Bay catcher J.P. Arencibia hit a leadoff homer off Mark Lowe in the eighth, and Roberto Osuna finished for his 18th save.

Three of the first four batters reached safely against Dickey as the Rays scored twice in the opening inning. Grady Sizemore came home on a wild pitch and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a sacrifice fly.

Back-to-back doubles by Pillar and Cliff Pennington halved the deficit in the second, and Donaldson's homer off Jake Odorizzi tied it in the third.

Donaldson became the ninth player in Blue Jays history to reach the 40-homer mark. He joins Carlos Delgado (2000) and Shawn Green (1999) as the only Toronto players to post 40 home runs and 40 doubles in the same season.

Pillar put the Blue Jays on top when he connected off Odorizzi to begin the fourth. Pennington followed with his second double, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on Ben Revere's single.

Bautista homered into the second deck off Kirby Yates to begin the seventh for his 37th.

Odorizzi (8-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.


Rays: LHP Jake McGee (left knee) is expected to come off the 15-day DL Saturday. McGee has been out since Aug. 18.

Blue Jays: Donaldson was the DH while Pennington started at 3B. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki (broken left shoulder blade) took swings off a tee Thursday, then fielded grounders and played catch Friday. He's due to hit off the tee again Saturday. ''Feel like I'm moving a lot better,'' Tulowitzki said.


Rays: RHP Chris Archer (12-12, 2.92 ERA) seeks to snap a four-start winless streak. He's 3-1 with a 0.93 ERA in four starts against the Blue Jays this season.

Blue Jays: LHP David Price (17-5, 2.34 ERA) is 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA over his past four starts. He'll face his former team for the first time since July 28 with Detroit, when he gave up five runs and seven hits in six innings, including two home runs by Rays C Curt Casali.