TORONTO — Youth was served in a battle of aging pitchers, giving R.A. Dickey his first victory in five starts.
The 40-year-old Dickey pitched into the eighth inning to earn the win against his former team, Chris Colabello hit a solo homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Mets 7June 18.
Dickey beat 42-year-old Bartolo Colon (9-5) in the first matchup between two starting pitchers in their 40s since Aug. 15, 2008, when Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer (45) beat San Diego’s Greg Maddux (42).
“I was happy that the young buck won tonight,” Dickey joked.
Jose Bautista drove in two runs as the Blue Jays, who lost back-to-back games at Citi Field earlier this week, swept two against the visiting Mets. Toronto is 13-3 in June and has won eight straight at home.
Dickey (3-6) allowed one run on three hits and overcame five walks for his first victory since May 21. “He gutted it out,” Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons said. “He was determined.”
The knuckleballer, who won the NL Cy Young with the Mets in 2012, didn’t give up a hit until Juan Lagares’ two-out double in the fifth. He left after Lucas Duda’s one-out homer in the eighth.
“His ball was dancing a lot today,” said Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, one of the players acquired in the November 2012, trade that sent Dickey to Toronto.
The Mets dropped to 10-21 on the road, and lost for the 13th time in their past 16 away from home.
“We’re playing a little sluggishly right now,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “We need to find some energy.”
The only active major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos, Colon got roughed up in his return to Canada, giving up seven runs — six earned — and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, matching his shortest start of the season.
Kevin Pillar opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second, then broke up a potential double play on Ryan Goins’ RBI grounder to prolong Toronto’s five-run fourth. Jose Reyes singled home a run, Josh Donaldson hit an RBI double and Bautista capped the rally with a two-run single.
“It was just that one inning that they capitalized on some mistakes,” d’Arnaud said of Colon. “Other than that, he got the outs.”
Colabello made it 7-0 with a leadoff drive to right in the fifth. Duda’s 10th home run snapped New York’s scoreless streak at 21 innings.