KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After two mediocre starts, R.A. Dickey pitched like the Toronto Blue Jays expected him to pitch Saturday night.
Dickey gave up one run in 6 1-3 innings and Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer as the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2.
Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner with the New York Mets, was 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in his first two Blue Jays starts. But on Saturday, he gave up five hits, walked two and struck out four to pick up the victory.
The Blue Jays managed just two hits off Royals starter James Shields, but the big one was Bautista's home run to left in the sixth inning with Munenori Kawasaki, who had walked, aboard. Bautista, who had four career home runs off Shields, drilled a 2-1 pitch landed above the Royals' left-field bullpen.
Dickey was removed after Jarrod Dyson doubled to left on his 100th pitch. Darren Oliver replaced Dickey and Dyson stole third and scored on Chris Getz's bunt single.
Shields went the distance, throwing 115 pitches, striking out six and walking three, while suffering the loss.
Casey Janssen gave up a run in the ninth when Alex Gordon's two-out single scored Chris Getz, who had three hits, but picked up the save.
Macier Izturis started the Blue Jays' third with a double to right, advanced to third on Henry Blanco's ground out and scored on Munenori Kawasaki's sacrifice fly to right. Izturis just beat the throw of Jeff Francoeur, who led the majors with 19 outfield assists last year. Kawasaki had just seven RBIs as a rookie last season with Seattle.
Izturis' double was the only hit the Blue Jays collected in the first five innings off Royals right-hander James Shields, who was acquired in a December seven-player megadeal with Tampa Bay.
The Royals threatened in the second when Billy Butler walked with two outs and stopped at third on Salvador Perez's double over the head of right fielder Emilo Bonifacio, who misplayed it initially by coming in. Dickey got out of the jam by retiring Lorenzo Cain on a liner to Izturis.
Alex Gordon led off the Royals' third with a broken-bat single to left, but was quickly erased when Alcides Escobar grounded into a double play.
Chris Getz doubled down the right-field line with one out in the bottom of the fifth and moved to third on Gordon's ground out, but was stranded there on Escobar's comebacker.
NOTES: A MRI revealed Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has a severe left ankle sprain and is expected to be out three months. The Jays will take another MRI in 5-6 days after the swelling subsides to make sure there is no more damage. Reyes, who injured the ankle Friday while stealing second base, went on the disabled list. ... The Rays purchased the contract of Kawasaki from Class AAA Buffalo. Kawasaki, who started at shortstop and batted ninth, hit .192 in 61 games last season with Seattle. ... First baseman Eric Hosmer was held out of the Royals lineup for the second straight game with tightness in his right quad. ... After starting the season batting cleanup, third baseman Mike Moustakas has been dropped to sixth. Moustakas was 1-for-13, .077, in the first four games of this homestand. ... Right fielder Emilio Bonifacio replaced Reyes at the top of the Blue Jays batting order. He started in right field for the first time since 2011. Jose Bautista started at third base for the first time since Aug. 4 2011. "It's a juggling act right now, but it's what we've got to do," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of his lineup. "It's kind of an experiment right now."