- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

TORONTO (AP) - Slumping Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey has gone more than a month between victories.

A lack of run support isn’t helping.

Clayton Kershaw struck out 10, Joc Pederson and Justin Turner hit solo home runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Dickey and the Blue Jays 6-2 Saturday, ending the Toronto’s season-high winning streak at four.

Dickey (1-4) lost his fourth straight decision, allowing four runs and six hits in seven innings. He hasn’t won since April 4 at Tampa Bay, his first start of the season.

“Against a guy like Clayton, the margin for error, it’s really small,” Dickey said.

With Toronto’s offense misfiring more often than not when he starts, it’s even smaller every time Dickey takes the mound. The Blue Jays have scored two runs or fewer in each of Dickey’s past three outings, and have scored more than three runs twice in his seven starts.

“I don’t feel like I have to be perfect,” said Dickey, whose previous loss came against the White Sox, a game started by Chicago ace Chris Sale. “I try to pitch well every time regardless of who is on the other side of the field.”

Coming off a three-hit shutout against the Padres and facing the Blue Jays for the first time, Kershaw (4-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings. He walked none and won back-to-back starts for the first time this season.

“Kind of a weird day for me overall, but I’ll take it,” Kershaw said. “First time here, trying to figure that out, and facing a new team. I haven’t faced a lot of those guys. My stuff wasn’t great at times and it was OK at other times. Just kind of an in and out day.”

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has fanned at least 10 in four straight outings. Kershaw extended his major league lead in strikeouts (64) and passed Toronto’s Marcus Stroman to take top spot in innings (53). He threw a season-high 112 pitches, 78 strikes.

Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar said facing the three-time Cy Young award winner was “everything I thought it was going to be.”

Pedro Baez worked the eighth and Kenley Jansen finished as the Dodgers won for the third time in 11 games.

Pederson hit a second deck drive to center in the second, his team-high fifth homer. Darwin Barney singled in the bottom half to tie it.

The Dodgers reclaimed the lead in the third. Chase Utley scored on a passed ball and Adrian Gonzalez followed with a two-run single.

“That was a big point in the game,” Roberts said. “We had a chance to add on a little bit.”

Pillar made it 4-2 with a two-out RBI double off Kershaw in the fifth but Turner connected off Chad Girodo in the eighth, his first.

Pillar brought the sellout crowd of 47,156 to its feet with a sensational leaping catch on Carl Crawford’s liner to left-center in the ninth. Howie Kendrick scored on the sacrifice fly.

“I dragged my right cheek across the turf for about five yards,” Pillar said. “I got a little rug burn. Besides that I’m all right.”

INNINGS EATERS

Blue Jays starters have logged six or more innings in 12 straight games.

DODGING DICKEY

With AL rules in place, Kershaw was happy he didn’t have to try and hit Dickey’s dancing pitch. “I didn’t want to face a knuckleball today, I was good with it,” he said of having the DH take his turn at bat.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Mike Bolsinger (strained left oblique) was set to begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (0-2, 4.33) allowed a season-high five runs in his previous start, a 5-2 loss against San Diego on April 30.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (1-2, 2.64) is winless in four starts. He’s 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA in six career games against the Dodgers, including five relief appearances.

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