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Dickey attempts to lift Jays past red-hot Brewers

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8/20/2014 9:07:22 AM
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R.A. Dickey tries for his first win in four starts on Wednesday when the Toronto Blue Jays wrap up a brief two-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Dickey lost in Seattle last Wednesday, but pitched well, surrendering two runs and seven hits in six innings in the 2-0 loss. The former National League Cy Young Award winner struggled with his control, though, and walked four batters, as he fell to 9-12 on the year to go along with a 3.95 ERA.

It marked the 12th consecutive start that Dickey pitched at least six innings and his second consecutive quality start.

Dickey has faced the Brewers five times (3 starts) and is 1-1 against them with a 2.63 ERA.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, turns to rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson, who may be pitching to keep his spot in the rotation. Nelson did not get a decision on Friday in Los Angeles, but turned in his fifth consecutive quality start, allowing two runs to the Dodgers over six innings in his team's 6-3 win.

"Jimmy was good. I liked his command," Roenicke said. "His fastball was mostly down in the zone. He threw some really good sliders. So yeah, I thought that was one of his better games."

Still, Nelson, who is 2-3 on the year with a 3.86 ERA, could be the odd man out once Matt Garza returns from his oblique strain.

Nelson may lose his spot thanks to how well Mike Fiers has been. Fiers was again solid on Tuesday and Khris Davis knocked in two runs to help Milwaukee to a 6-1 win.

Rickie Weeks, Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez also knocked in a run apiece for the Brewers, the NL Central leaders who have won five consecutive games.

On the heels of his 14-strikeout performance against the Cubs, Fiers (3-1) retired the final 18 batters he faced, eventually going seven innings and allowing a run on two hits with six strikeouts.

"I wanted to be aggressive in the strike zone and make them swing the bat," Fiers said.

Munenori Kawasaki drove in the lone run for the Blue Jays, who skidded to their sixth loss in their last seven. J.A. Happ (8-8) was charged in defeat for four runs on six hits over just 3 1/3 frames.

"We got outplayed and it started with me," Happ said.

Toronto had swept a two-game series from the Brewers earlier in the season.

R.A. Dickey  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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