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TORONTO -- Daniel Bard the starter isn't acting or pitching like Daniel Bard the reliever, and the results aren't pretty.
The Blue Jays took advantage of an erratic performance by Bard (5-6), who allowed five runs, walked six, struck out two and hit two batters in 1 2-3 innings, his shortest career start.
"Daniel just couldn't find it, obviously," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He was hoping he was going to find a pitch or find a release point that would work for him."
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In an ill-tempered game that featured four hit batters, home plate umpire Mike Winters warned both benches after Boston's Kevin Youkilis was drilled on the shoulder in the sixth. Youkilis stepped in front of the plate and yelled at Hutchison, but the situation did not escalate.
Youkilis did not speak to reporters following the game, but his manager denied talk of retaliation or bad blood.
"I didn't think any of them were intentional," Valentine said.
Still, even Valentine felt the need to go to his bullpen in the second inning after Bard hit two batters in three at-bats.
"The last thing I wanted to do was see anybody get hurt," Valentine said.
Toronto designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, one of two Blue Jays to be hit on the hand in the second, stayed in the game to run but did not bat again when his turn came up in the fifth. He was replaced by Jeff Mathis.
X-rays on Encarnacion's hand were negative. He was listed as day-to-day with a bruise.
Bard, who has lost four straight decisions to Toronto, acknowledged that he's not the same pitcher as a starter as he was as a reliever the past three years, saying he's "constantly trying to tweak little things in (my) delivery to make the next pitch a little better than the last."
"The ability to repeat just isn't there like it has been in the past," Bard said. "If anything, it's that I allowed something to happen when I switched roles. Maybe we just tried to turn me into a starter rather than just take the same pitcher I was out there and move that guy to the rotation, which is probably what should have been done."
Bard walked the first two batters of the game before Bautista hit a homer off the facing of the second deck in left, his 14th of the season and second in two days.
Bautista's three-run drive snapped a streak of eight consecutive solo shots by Blue Jays batters.
Things weren't much better for Bard in the second, which began with back-to-back walks followed by consecutive strikeouts. Yunel Escobar was hit on the hand to load the bases for Bautista, who drove in a run with a walk. That brought up Encarnacion, who drove in a run the painful way and was left yelping after being hit on the left hand.
That was all for Bard, with Franklin Morales coming on and ending the inning by getting Cooper to foul out to third.
Bautista's homer was the only hit allowed by Bard, who came in having won three of his previous four starts. Just 24 of his 55 pitches were for strikes, and his ERA rose from 4.56 to 5.24.
"The first couple of innings was tough," Valentine said, adding that he'll consider how to proceed with Bard during Monday's off day.
"I have some time," Valentine said. "Regretfully, it's going to have to take up an off day, but I'll think about it a while."
For his part, Bard suggested stripping things down and starting fresh.
"I think we've tried to change a few too many things," he said. "Maybe just get back to being simple."
Unlike Bard, Hutchison (5-2) was sharp and efficient, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings, matching his career-high. He walked one and struck out five.
"Hutch continues to mature right in front of us," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He kept going, kept putting up zeros, kept the momentum on our side."
Kelly Shoppach provided the only Boston run, hitting a two-out homer to center in the fifth, his third.
|Jose Bautista connects for a three-run homer as the Blue Jays avoid being swept by the Red Sox. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.370|
|Daniel Nava, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.303|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.269|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.315|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.245|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.313|
|Mike Aviles, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Nick Punto, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.180|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||2||1||1||1||0||1||0||.277|
|a- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.265|
|a-popped out for Shoppach in the 9th|
|2B - Adrian Gonzalez (20, Hutchison)|
|HR - Kelly Shoppach (3, Hutchison)|
|RBI - Kelly Shoppach (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kelly Shoppach (6)|
|SB - Scott Podsednik (3, 2nd base off Hutchison/Arencibia), Nick Punto 2 (2, 2nd base off Janssen/Arencibia, 3rd base off Janssen/Arencibia)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Daniel Nava 1|
|DP - Bard-Aviles-Gonzalez, Punto-Aviles-Gonzalez|
|E - Nick Punto (2, Throwing)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Daniel Bard (L,5-6)||1.2||1||5||5||6||2||1||5.24|
|HBP - Escobar (by Daniel Bard), Encarnacion (by Daniel Bard)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Bard 55-24, Franklin Morales 52-36, Scott Atchison 8-6, Rich Hill 18-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Bard 1-1, Franklin Morales 4-5, Scott Atchison 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Daniel Bard 13, Franklin Morales 15, Scott Atchison 3, Rich Hill 4|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||2||2||.250|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.252|
|Jose Bautista, RF||3||1||1||4||1||0||1||.226|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||.279|
|a- Jeff Mathis, PH-DH||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.214|
|David Cooper, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||4||.333|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.227|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||3||1||0||0||1||2||2||.230|
|Rajai Davis, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.240|
|a-struck out for Encarnacion in the 5th|
|2B - David Cooper (3, Morales)|
|HR - Jose Bautista (14, Bard)|
|RBI - Jose Bautista 4 (37), Edwin Encarnacion (43)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (13), Edwin Encarnacion (15)|
|SB - Kelly Johnson (6, 2nd base off Bard/Shoppach), Brett Lawrie (8, 2nd base off Hill/Shoppach)|
|CS - David Cooper (1, 2nd base by Hill/Shoppach)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Drew Hutchison (W,5-2)||7||5||1||1||1||5||1||4.35|
|HBP - Shoppach (by Drew Hutchison), Youkilis (by Drew Hutchison)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Drew Hutchison 109-69, Darren Oliver 9-6, Francisco Cordero 2-1, Casey Janssen 22-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Hutchison 7-9, Darren Oliver 1-0, Francisco Cordero 1-0, Casey Janssen 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Drew Hutchison 29, Darren Oliver 2, Francisco Cordero 1, Casey Janssen 4|
|Attendance - 41925|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Brian Knight|