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TORONTO -- R.A. Dickeys knuckleball finally danced like it did last year when he was the best pitcher in the National League. Dickey baffled the New York Yankees for seven innings and Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis homered as the Toronto Blue Jays won the opener of a three-game series 2-0 on Tuesday. "What you saw tonight is what I saw last year for 25 starts," said catcher Josh Thole who accompanied the Cy Young Award winner to Toronto in an off-season trade with the Mets. "It was consistently that every night." Dickey (13-12) struggled in the first two innings then faced the minimum number of batters for the next five innings. He struck out eight in holding the Yankees to four hits and two walks to win his fourth decision in a row. "It was probably the latest action Ive had on it here in particular," Dickey said. "So its nice to continue to grow. These are important games for me in particular. Were going to be competing next year so its important to get it right now." Rasmus hit his 21st homer of the season -- and third in three games since returning from the disabled list -- in the fourth inning against left-hander Andy Pettitte (10-10). Davis hit his sixth of the season against right-hander Shawn Kelley in the seventh. The Yankees (79-72), who entered Tuesday 2.5 games out of an American League wild-card spot, have lost four in a row. The Blue Jays (69-81) have won only twice in their first seven games of a nine-game home stand. Sergio Santos took over from Dickey in the eighth. Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 31st save of the season. Pettitte lost for the first time since Aug. 5 as he allowed six hits, two walks and one run while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings. He had three wins and four no decisions in his previous seven starts. "Its frustrating," Pettitte said. "Were playing terrible and its not good. Its a bad time to be doing that. If we pitch we got to score some runs. If we score some runs, weve got to pitch. It seems like we havent been doing a lot of mixing and matching together. Dickey pitched a good game. His knuckleball, he threw it well." Dickey left the bases loaded in the first when he struck out Mark Reynolds. He left two more runners stranded in the second, and struck out the side in the third before being helped by a fourth-inning double play. "I didnt get discouraged the first two innings," Dickey said. "I was throwing good knuckleballs. I thought I had a couple of pitches there 3-2 and ended up being balls but outside of that it was moving pretty drastically tonight. Even in the first two innings, I knew I had a pretty good one. I just needed to stay the course with it." The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead with one out in the fourth when Rasmus homered to right on a 2-2 hanger. The centre-fielder came off the disabled list on Sept. 13 after not playing since Aug. 11 because of an oblique strain. "I made a terrible mistake to Rasmus and that was the ball game," Pettitte said. "He got me deep into an at-bat. I kept trying to bounce a cutter off the top of the plate see if I could try and get him to swing. Bad thought process." Kelley replaced Pettitte with two out in the seventh and Davis homered to left on a 1-0 pitch to extend the lead to 2-0. The way Dickeys knuckleball was working, that was all the Blue Jays needed. He even tried two sidearm pitches. "The knuckleball stayed hard for most of the night, it was moving all over the place," Thole said. "In the pen it was moving more than Ive seen since Ive been here. It was definitely a mental grind for seven innings tonight. "He got stronger as he went on I think. That was the difference. You could see it. His velocity kind of jumped up I think in the third inning, he was throwing the harder consistently and it was all over." Notes: Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (left wrist) will undergo season-ending surgery to clean up the cartilage in his left wrist. ... 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He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors. Lefty was in good spirits Monday at the British Open, except for having to return the claret jug.WASHINGTON - The game wasnt four minutes old when Columbus fell behind the Washington Capitals for the first time. After making up that deficit, the Blue Jackets found themselves trailing again with just under 11 minutes remaining.Earlier this season, Columbus might have quit. Much has changed since then.Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal at 4:41 of overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky had 39 saves, and the Blue Jackets beat Washington 3-2 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.With Jason Chimera in the penalty box for interference, Foligno put a slap shot from the right circle past goalie Braden Holtby to give Columbus its only lead.It was Folignos second goal of the game and team-high 13th of the season. Kevin Connauton also scored for Columbus.The Blue Jackets are still only 11-15-2, but coach Todd Richards has noticed a vast improvement in their play — and attitude — recently.When things werent going well for us, we didnt respond the right way, Richards said. So a positive sign about tonight is that despite being down 1-0 and 2-1, the guys stuck with it. We got some saves when we needed it, but the guys stuck with it.Washington finished with a 41-23 advantage in shots, but Bobrovsky was the equalizer.Its huge when a goalie is playing that well. It gives us an opportunity to win hockey games, Connauton said. Its motivating, too.Bobrovsky kept the Capitals at bay until Foligno lined up the decisive goal in overtime.Youre fortunate to get a power play in OT and you want to make the most of it, he said. The play just kind of developed itself and I was able to get a good shot off.Eric Fehr and Troy Brouwer had goals for the Capitals, whose three-game winning streak ended. Alex Ovechkin took nine shots on goal, but Bobrovsky snuffed every one.There were a couple of shots Ovie took, and those are goals most nights, coach Barry Trotz said. AAgainst the best in the business, Bobrovsky, they werent.dddddddddddd He was pretty tight tonight.After Brouwer deflected a shot by Matt Niskanen to put Washington up 2-1 at 9:20 of the third period, Columbus pulled even at 10:59 on a goal by Connauton.Earlier in the period, Holtby kept the game tied when he snapped his glove shut around a close-in shot by Cam Atkinson.The score was knotted at 1 in the second when Blue Jackets defenceman James Wisniewski was called for slashing and roughing after using his stick to floor Washingtons Tom Wilson in front of the Columbus net.Given four minutes with the extra man, the NHLs second-ranked, power-play unit took seven shots on goal but couldnt break the deadlock.We were in the zone for over two minutes before a whistle went, Brouwer said. I think our execution was good. Bobrovsky was just playing really well.The Capitals outshot Columbus 28-10 over the first two periods, but at that point each team scored only once.Washington went up 1-0 when Fehr deflected a shot by John Carlson past Bobrovsky for a power-play goal at 3:19 of the first period. It was the fourth straight game in which the Capitals scored in the opening four minutes, and the first time in five games Columbus failed to strike first.The Blue Jackets managed only one shot over the first 15 minutes, but their third — a wrist shot by Foligno at 15:36 — found the back of the net.Washington went 14 minutes without a shot before Ovechkin tapped a weak attempt toward Bobrovsky at 9:17 of the second period.NOTES: Capitals D Mike Green returned after missing seven games with an upper body injury. ... Columbus C Brandon Dubinsky played in his 500th NHL game. ... Blue Jackets C Boone Jenners career-high, four-game goal-scoring streak ended. ... 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