Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hutchison shuts down Orioles

TORONTO—Drew Hutchison has had his struggles at home this season.
But the Toronto Blue Jays’ right-hander has had success in his short career against the Baltimore Orioles.

Hutchison put his Rogers Centre problems behind him at least for one brilliant night, and continued his domination of the Orioles last night, allowing only one Chris Davis home run and one walk over 8 2/3 innings while striking out eight.
With Jose Bautista providing a two-run homer and an RBI double among his three hits, the Jays snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Orioles.
“Perfect timing. We were struggling a little bit,” said Jays’ manager John Gibbons. “We needed that.
“He was good,” Gibbons added. “He has pitched good ball games for us this year, but perfect timing for us tonight.”
Hutchison was removed for closer Casey Janssen after he walked Nick Markakis with two out in the ninth.
Janssen retired Manny Machado on a foul to first to end the game.
“It’s a great start but it’s a little frustrating to walk the last guy; you don’t want to be too picky,” Hutchison noted.
With the win, the second-place Jays (61-54) moved to within four games of the first-place Orioles (64-49) in the AL East while ending Baltimore’s three-game winning streak.
The teams play the rubber match of the three-game series tonight.
Hutchison entered the game with a poor record at Rogers Centre this season—2-5 with a 7.71 ERA over his eight starts there before yesterday.
He is 5-4 with a 3.27 ERA in 14 starts on the road this season.
Hutchison improved his record to 3-0 in six career starts against the Orioles, including a 2-0 record in four starts against them this season.
“I approach it the same as I always do, whether it’s on the road or here at home and whoever I’m facing,” Hutchison said.
“You approach them all the same. I’ve just had good success against them.”
“I don’t think it’s any surprise,” said Bautista. “He’s certainly capable of doing what he did tonight on a consistent basis.
“It’s just going out and executing like he did today.
“I was hoping he would be able to finish it off and get the complete game, but maybe that’s something to shoot for in the next start for him,” he added.
Meanwhile, Orioles’ left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (12-4) failed in his attempt at his sixth-consecutive winning start when he allowed eight hits, including Bautista’s homer, and four runs in five innings.
Hutchison said he made a minor adjustment in his bullpen session between starts.
“Just a little tiny one,” he noted. “I was really hoping to get on top off the ball and stay through it, and me and Navarro were on the same page pretty much every pitch tonight.
“We were just able to execute a lot of good pitches.”
His fastball command made his slider effective and he felt that his change-up was good.
“I had every chance to finish it but unfortunately I walked Markakis,” Hutchison lamented.
Elsewhere in the AL, Texas beat Chicago 3-1, Tampa Bay downed Oakland 7-3, and New York upended Detroit 5-1.
Over in the NL, Pittsburgh beat Miami 7-3, Washington dumped New York 7-1, San Francisco downed Milwaukee 7-4, and Colorado routed Chicago 13-4.

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