Perhaps the Blue Jays should hand out bobblehead dolls every time R.A. Dickey starts.

Whatever the inspiration, Dickey was at his best Sunday afternoon on a day when his knuckleball and bobblehead likeness reigned supreme.

The Jays' No. 1 starter, Dickey pitched like an ace this day when they needed it most.

Having lost four in a row, Dickey came in and stopped the bleeding as he limited the Red Sox to five hits and one run over 6.1 innings and picked up the much-needed win in the Jays 7-1 victory.

The six-game homestand against AL East opponents, first Baltimore and now Boston, did not go in the Jays favour as they lost both series and finished with a 2-4 record.

By winning the finale against Boston, however, they avoided a three-game sweep and set them up on a positive note as they embark on an eight-game, three-city swing that opens Tuesday in Kansas City.

Walks have been Dickey’s downfall in four of his previous five starts and on the season he had given 18 free passes. This day, however, Dickey issued no walks but hit Will Middlebrook on a 3-2 pitch in the seventh and struck out six.

In beating Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, the Jays downed a familiar nemesis.

Last season, Lester went 4-0 against the Jays in six starts and came into the game with a 15-7 record vs. them, the 15 wins tied (with Baltimore) for the most victories he has recorded against any club.

Lester allowed just five hits over seven innings but the Jays made them count.

Dickey, 2-3, left the game with one out and runners on second and third in the seventh following a leadoff hit batter and one-out double by Xander Bogaerts.

Steve Delabar came into the game and preserved the lead by popping up Jackie Bradley and ended the inning when David Ross flied out to centre.

Holding a 2-1 lead, the Jays came up with two big add-on runs in the seventh as Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie opened the inning with back-to-back doubles. It was the first double for Lawrie this season.

After advancing to third on a deep fly to centre by Juan Francisco, Lawrie scored on a chopper hit back to Lester off the bat of Moises Sierra.

Lester had trouble getting the ball out of his glove which allowed Lawrie to score with Sierra thrown out at first.