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TORONTO -- Right-hander R.A. Dickey pitched into the ninth inning and second baseman Brett Lawrie hit a home run as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Oakland Athletics, 5-2, on Saturday.

It was the fifth straight win for the Blue Jays (28-22) and the third loss in a row for the Athletics (30-19). The Blue Jays have won 15 of their last 20 games to take first place in the American League East.

Dickey (5-4) held the Athletics to two runs and five hits, including a home run, triple and single by designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes. He walked one while striking out four in 8 1/3 innings, his longest outing of the season. All five of his wins have come at home.

Athletics right-hander Jesse Chavez (4-2) allowed eight hits, one walk and four runs (two earned) over 5 1/3 innings while having his two-game winning string snapped.

Right-hander Dustin McGowan replaced Dickey with one out in the ninth after third baseman Josh Donaldson walked and first baseman Brandon Moss singled.

Cespedes singled to load the bases and left-hander Brett Cecil came in. Pinch hitter Jed Lowrie hit a sacrifice fly to center, but second baseman Alberto Callaspo struck out to give Cecil his third save of the season.

Cespedes gave the Athletics a 1-0 lead with his eighth home run of the season in the second to end a streak of eight consecutive games in which the Blue Jays had scored first. They were 7-1 in those games.

The Blue Jays tied the game in the third when center fielder Anthony Gose scored from first on an error by left fielder Craig Gentry on a single by Toronto left fielder Melky Cabrera.

Lawrie led off the three-run fifth with his eighth home run of the season.

The Blue Jays had runners at second and third after one-out singles by Gose and shortstop Jose Reyes and a wild pitch. Both runners scored on an error by Moss on Cabrera's grounder to put Toronto into a 4-1 lead.

The Blue Jays took a 5-1 lead in the seventh on a leadoff double by Reyes against right-hander Fernando Rodriguez. Reyes scored from second on Cabrera's groundout to shortstop, sliding home to beat the throw from Moss.

NOTES: Athletics C John Jaso (back) did not play Saturday and said he hopes to be ready for Monday's game in Oakland against Detroit. ... INF Nick Punto (left calf) and INF Jed Lowrie (neck) also did not start for Oakland on Saturday, although Lowrie came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth. ... A's manager Bob Melvin was back at the helm after missing Friday's game to attend his daughter's college graduation. Bench coach Chip Hale ran the team in his absence. ... Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle and RHP R.A. Dickey are the two fastest working pitchers in the majors at 16.4 seconds and 18.3 respectively between pitches. ... RHP Esmil Rogers, who was designated for assignment, has been assigned outright to Triple-A Buffalo. ... The roof at Rogers Centre was open for the first time this season. ... Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (3-1, 4.37 ERA) will face A's LHP Drew Pomeranz (4-1, 0.94 ERA) in Sunday's series finale.
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