ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right-hander R.A. Dickey and shortstop Jose Reyes propelled the Toronto Blue Jays out of their worst losing streak of the year.
Dickey and fellow right-hander Dustin McGowan combined with left-hander Aaron Loup on a five-hit shutout and led the Blue Jays to a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night in front of 38,111 at Angel Stadium.
"We desperately needed this, to tell you the truth," said Toronto manager John Gibbons, whose team earned its first win of its current road trip after five straight losses. "It's been a tough trip. We came off a couple of nice wins at home against Milwaukee, then we were skunked on the road."
Dickey (7-8), the 39-year-old knuckleball specialist, recorded 15 successive outs between the second and seventh innings. Dickey finished with five strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.
"He had it dancing tonight, for sure, and he had it in the strike zone" Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Dickey's knuckleball. "We didn't get too many good looks."
Gibbons paid Dickey an even greater compliment: "I thought he was as good tonight as I've ever seen him."
Reyes drove in three runs and hit a home run while going 4-for-5 for his first four-hit game of the season. Right fielder Nolan Reimold hit two doubles in a game for the first time in three years as he finished 2-for-4.
By breaking their five-game losing streak, their longest this season, the Blue Jays moved within 2 1/2 games of the first-place Baltimore Orioles in the American League's Eastern Division. The Orioles' road game against the Washington Nationals was rained out.
The Angels' five-game winning streak overall and their 11-game winning stretch at home ended. The loss dropped the Angels 4 1/2 games behind the Oakland Athletics, who own first place in the American League West.
Los Angeles' best chance to score came in the bottom of the seventh inning. Shortstop Erick Aybar hit a two-out single and went to third when second baseman Howie Kendrick singled. But Dickey defused the threat by inducing catcher Chris Iannetta to hit a groundout.
The Blue Jays used three successive one-out singles to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning against left-hander Tyler Skaggs. Reyes lined a single into center field to bring second baseman Munenori Kawasaki home.
Dickey retired 12 consecutive batters before Angels designated hitter Mike Trout hit a double down the left-field line in the sixth. When left fielder Melky Cabrera bobbled the ball, Trout headed for third base. But Cabrera retrieved the ball and threw Trout out.
Reyes extended Toronto's advantage to 3-0 in the seventh by hitting his seventh home run, a two-run drive into the Blue Jays' left-field bullpen. Designated hitter Dioner Navarro's RBI single in the eighth ended the scoring.
Skaggs (4-5), in his second start since being activated from the disabled list, allowed three runs and 11 hits and in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander hit one batter and struck out two.
"Tyler pitched a really good game," Scioscia said. "I thought he was in the strike zone early and often. But he pitched with his back against the wall the whole game."
Toronto had one baserunner called out by video review in the third. When Reyes took a wide turn around first base following a single, Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun threw to first baseman Albert Pujols, who tagged the sliding Reyes. Plate umpire David Rackley ruled Reyes safe but Scioscia challenged Rackley's call, which the video replay overturned. Third baseman Steve Tolleson, the next batter, struck out to end the inning.
NOTES: Angels RHP Jered Weaver, who left Monday's game after two innings due to lower back tightness, played catch Tuesday. He is questionable for his scheduled start Saturday against the Texas Rangers. ... The Angels optioned INF Grant Green to Triple-A Salt Lake after he went 1-for-10 in his latest major league call-up. On the season, he is hitting .324 with one homer and eight RBIs in 29 games. Los Angeles called up RHP Cam Bedrosian from Double-A Arkansas, where he went 1-0 with 10 saves and a 1.54 ERA in 22 appearances. Bedrosian was 0-1 with a 14.29 ERA in six games for the Angels earlier this season. ... Toronto OF Brad Glenn cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo. In six games with the Blue Jays before he was designated for assignment Sunday, Glenn went 1-for-15 (.067) with one walk and five strikeouts.