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Manager Terry Collins calls Mets sluggish after blowout loss, Blue Jays beat New York 7-1

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TORONTO — The New York Mets are in a bit of a rut, and manager thinks his team needs a boost after a second straight blowout loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

pitched into the eighth inning to earn the win against his former team, hit a solo homer and Toronto beat New York 7-1 on Thursday night.

"We're playing a little sluggishly right now," Collins said. "We need to find some energy. We need to reach down inside here and figure out a way to pick up the pace a little bit more."

The Mets dropped to 10-21 on the road, and lost for the 13th time in their past 16 away from home. said a lack of offense, and not a lack of energy, is the main problem for the Mets.

"Had we gone out and put runs on the board, nobody would say we were sluggish," Cuddyer said. "We have to do that, we have to go out and put runs on the board."

Dickey, 40, beat 42-year-old (9-5) in the first matchup between two starting pitchers in their 40s since Aug. 15, 2008, when Philadelphia's (45) beat San Diego's Greg Maddux (42).

"I was happy that the young buck won tonight," Dickey joked.

drove in two runs as the Blue Jays, who lost back-to-back games at Citi Field earlier this week, swept two against the visiting Mets. Toronto is 13-3 in June and has won eight straight at home.

Dickey (3-6) allowed one run and three hits and overcame five walks for his first victory since May 21.

The knuckleballer, who won the NL Cy Young with the Mets in 2012, didn't give up a hit until ' two-out double in the fifth. He left after 's one-out homer in the eighth.

"Guys were coming back saying it was pretty impressive," Collins said. "When he's on, he's tough to hit, and you have no way to prepare for it."

The only active major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos, Colon got roughed up in his return to Canada, giving up seven runs — six earned — and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, matching his shortest start of the season.

opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second, then broke up a potential double play on ' RBI grounder to prolong Toronto's five-run fourth. singled home a run, hit an RBI double and Bautista capped the rally with a two-run single.

"It was just that one inning that they capitalized on some mistakes," Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud said of Colon. "Other than that, he got the outs."

Colabello made it 7-0 with a leadoff homer in the fifth.

Duda's 10th home run snapped New York's scoreless streak at 21 innings.

DECISION TIME

Colon has received a decision in 26 consecutive starts, a Mets record. Dwight Gooden had a decision in 25 straight from June 2, 1993, to June 24, 1994.

SIGNING DAY

The Mets signed their top two selections from last week's draft. OF Desmond Linday was picked in the second round, 53rd overall, while LHP Max Wotell went in the third round, 88th overall.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Collins said will start at catcher Friday to give d'Arnaud a day off. D'Arnaud missed more than six weeks with a broken finger earlier this season.

Blue Jays: 1B got the day off. ... 2B is expected miss the rest of the season after having right shoulder surgery Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP (7-4, 2.33) gets the start as New York opens a three-game series in Atlanta on Friday. DeGrom is 4-0 with a 1.25 ERA in his past six starts. The Braves had yet to name a starter.

Blue Jays: RHP (4-3, 4.24) starts the opener of a three-game series against Baltimore. RHP (2-2, 4.13) will pitch for the Orioles. After going winless in his first five starts, Estrada has won the past three.

PHOTO: Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar, left, is forced out at Ssecond base by New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar, left, is forced out at Ssecond base by New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

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