Not so much for the Blue Jays as a team, but it’s been a good road trip for R.A. Dickey’s pants.

How good has the week been for the trousers of No. 43? The knuckleballer wore them with aplomb as he tossed a masterful two-hit shutout vs. the Rays, salvaging the final game of that series on Wednesday. Then right fielder Jose Bautista wore them on Saturday and homered twice, including career No. 200, driving in three as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 6-2 at Fenway Park.

Why did Joey Bats need to borrow Dickey’s pants? Elastics and leg room and time for a change. After struggling through the month of June and dropping the first two games of a key series at Fenway, Bautista felt he had to make changes. The slugging right fielder went to old-school high socks and returned to the two-tone bat he used in the past. But in making his wardrobe choice, he realized that the only pants that would fit over his muscular legs were Dickey’s.

The results were fabulous. It was the Jose Bautista show at the plate and in the field. The majors’ top home run slugger over the past four years, missing in action for most of the last three weeks, slammed home runs Nos. 17-18 for the year and threw out a key runner at the plate in the sixth inning, leading the way to an important win over the first-place Sox with a chance to play for the split on Sunday.

“Any time you contribute, you feel good,” Bautista said. “I’m not too concerned about batting averages. I just want to help out in day-to-day wins. I felt like I could have been doing a lot more lately. Today was a good day, so I’ll take it for what it is, one day, and come back tomorrow and work even harder, keep trying to find the consistency that I’ve been missing.”

His first home run of the day came in the sixth inning off starter Felix Doubront, No. 200 of his late-blooming career. The blast cleared the stands on top of the Green Monster in left and landed in a parking lot across the street.

“One of the club employees from the parking lot got it for me and passed it on,” Bautista said of retrieving the souvenir. “He was kind enough not to ask anything for it.”

Then in the eighth, after the Sox had tied it up, Bautista launched a blast into the light tower in left-centre above the Monster seats. The homer was measured at 417 feet, which, according to ESPN Stats, is the longest of his 16 career blasts at Fenway. The Jays added two more runs in the ninth.