Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Russell Martin Stays Hot, Dickey Goes into Seventh as Blue Jays Beat Angels

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Russell Martin Stays Hot, Dickey Goes into Seventh as Blue Jays Beat Angels

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Martin, Dickey lead Blue Jays past Angels 7-2

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TORONTO - Russell Martin's bat continues to heat up, even as the summer starts to cool down.

The Canadian catcher had three hits and drove in two runs on Tuesday night as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2.

"He's smoking hot right now," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He was due for that, he's such a good hitter, he's been his whole career. He's feeling really good right now, seeing the ball."

Martin, who was slotted into the lineup as the designated hitter with R.A. Dickey on the mound and Josh Thole catching, is batting .469 with 13 runs-batted in over his last eight games.

Having a veteran like the 33-year-old Martin hit well is something his teammates certainly like to see. Third baseman Josh Donaldson playfully fanned Martin down with a towel when he arrived back in the dugout after scoring in the fifth inning.

"We've been waiting a long time for that guy to break out," second baseman Darwin Barney said. "He kind of quietly started raking a couple months ago. It's fun to watch him up there. I think he's seeing the ball well and staying in his lane.

"This lineup just gets deeper when different guys get hot. It really helps us out, it's fun."

Michael Saunders added to the offence by launching a solo shot that landed in the second deck of the right-field bleachers in the eighth inning for his 21st home run of the season. Barney had two hits, including a double, and scored twice for the Jays (71-54) while Melvin Upton Jr., Troy Tulowitzki and Thole also drove in runs.

Dickey went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out two and walking two. His lone blemish came in the second inning when he gave up a two-run home run to Nick Buss -- his first MLB homer.

It broke a streak of three-straight starts that Dickey hadn't allowed a home run. …

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