ANAHEIM, Calif. – R.A. Dickey's teammates weren't too concerned about the five runs he gave up in the first inning. The way the Toronto Blue Jays have been swinging the bats lately, it hardly mattered.
Edwin Encarnacion went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI, and the Blue Jays completed a thunderous three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday with a 12-5 victory that vaulted them back into first place in the AL East.
"This was probably my favorite win all year," Dickey said. "When I came back to the dugout after that inning, everybody was still upbeat and there was no reason to pout. The guys were encouraging me and say: 'Hey, we're going to get them back. Don't worry.' And they did."
Dickey (8-10) won his fifth consecutive decision over seven starts, even though the knuckleballer gave up five runs and 11 hits in six innings. He overcame a 39-pitch first inning that included an RBI triple by Mike Trout.
The Jays' 16th victory in 19 games, coupled with the Yankees' 4-3 loss to Cleveland, put Toronto atop the division for the first time since Aug. 13.
The Blue Jays, who lead the majors by far with 670 runs, set a franchise record for a three-game series with 36.
"We came in here smoking hot. We're on fire right now," manager John Gibbons said. "The west coast has never been particularly good to us. But everybody in our lineup has been swinging. It was a heck of a series. One thing we do is score runs. We've been doing it all year."
They totaled 48 hits against a vanquished Angels pitching staff that has surrendered 44 runs, 60 hits and 15 walks over their past four games following Jered Weaver's 1-0 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday.