Toronto at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: D. Hutchison (1-0) L: A. Cobb (0-1) S: S. Santos (1)
HR: TOR - A. Lind (1)   TB - None

Blue Jays 4, Rays 2 wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Drew Hutchison made a successful return to the mound.

Hutchison won his first start in almost two years, Adam Lind homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Hutchison (1-0) allowed three hits, three walks and struck out four over 5 1/3 shutout innings in his first big-league game since June 15, 2012. The right-hander had elbow ligament replacement surgery in August 2012.

"I wasn't sharp early at all, kind of grinded through that one," Hutchison said. "I think coming out of spring training I was just ready to go, so it was a good start. I'm glad we got the win and I'm ready to get going."

Lind put the Blue Jays up 3-0 on a three-run homer in the first off Alex Cobb (0-1). He sent a 3-1 pitch over the center-field fence.

Cobb gave up four runs, five hits and four walks and had three strikeouts in five innings.

"Pretty much the whole game, fastball command was non-existent," Cobb said. "I was able to get by for a few innings, but it's definitely going to make your pitch count go way through the roof, and knock you out of the game early."

Toronto manager John Gibbons challenged a call by first base umpire Jim Wolf in the ninth when Blue Jays' leadoff hitter Melky Cabrera was called out at first for the third out. Third baseman Evan Longoria dove to catch Cabrera's grounder and then threw him out. After an 80-second delay, the call was confirmed.

"It takes away the intensity of the game a little bit, but you know, take advantage of it," Gibbons said. "Hopefully, it works in our favor a few times."

It was the first challenge involving the Blue Jays and Rays.

"I thought the umpires, again, did a wonderful job," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

The umpires also used a video review to confirm that a ball with home-run distance down the right-field line in the seventh by Toronto's Colby Rasmus was foul. The game was delayed 3:34 while the review took place.

Jonathan Diaz, filling in for injured shortstop Jose Reyes, made it 4-0 on his first major-league hit, an RBI single during the fourth.

Diaz, who had his contract purchased from Triple-A Buffalo Monday, played in five games last season with Boston, going hitless in four at-bats.

Aaron Loup replaced Hutchison with two on and one out in the sixth, and worked out of the jam by retiring Ben Zobrist and Longoria. Loup retired all five batters he faced.

Wil Myers cut the Rays' deficit to 4-1 with an RBI double off Steve Delabar in the eighth. Desmond Jennings hit a ninth-inning run-scoring double off Sergio Santos, who completed his first save of the season by striking out Yunel Escobar with runners on second and third with two outs.

"It was one of those typical Tropicana (Field) games ... until you get that final out, you don't feel good," Gibbons said.

Hutchison got out of trouble in the second after James Loney and Jennings drew one-out walks by getting a double-play grounder from Logan Forsythe.

Reyes hopes to return in a couple weeks from a hamstring injury, which occurred while running the bases in his first at-bat of the season Monday.

An MRI exam Tuesday showed Reyes, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, has mild inflammation of the hamstring.


Santos is filling in for closer Casey Janssen, who's on the 15-day disabled list due to a strain in his left abdominal area and lower back. ... Rays OF David DeJesus (bruised right foot) was out of the lineup and is day to day. He was hit by a pitch Monday. ... Rays LHP Matt Moore will go against Toronto LHP Mark Buehrle in third game of the four-game series Wednesday night.

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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. Jennings
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

A. Lind
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Melky Cabrera, LF5120001 .333
Colby Rasmus, CF4010023 .143
Jose Bautista, RF2100211 .167
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4000014 .000
Adam Lind, DH3123110 .667
Dioner Navarro, C4000003 .125
Brett Lawrie, 3B3100100 .000
Ryan Goins, 2B4000010 .000
Jonathan Diaz, SS3011110 .333
Drew Hutchison, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000 .000
   Steve Delabar, P0000000 .000
   Sergio Santos, P0000000 .000
2B - Colby Rasmus (1, Cobb)
HR - Adam Lind (1, Cobb)
RBI - Adam Lind 3 (3), Jonathan Diaz (1)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Lind 3 (3), Jonathan Diaz (1)
SB - Jonathan Diaz (1, 2nd base off Cobb/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Hutchison-Goins-Encarnacion
Toronto Blue Jays
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Aaron Loup (H,1) 1.2000010 0.00
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Sergio Santos (S,1) 1211130 9.00
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Hutchison 4-6, Aaron Loup 2-2, Steve Delabar 1-2
Batters Faced - Drew Hutchison 20, Aaron Loup 5, Steve Delabar 5, Sergio Santos 6
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Joyce, LF3120100 .800
Wil Myers, RF4011012 .444
Ben Zobrist, 2B4000001 .000
Evan Longoria, 3B4110012 .375
James Loney, 1B3000111 .167
Desmond Jennings, CF3021100 .571
Logan Forsythe, DH4000023 .000
Ryan Hanigan, C3000111 .000
   Sean Rodriguez, PR0000000 .000
Yunel Escobar, SS4010022 .250
Alex Cobb, P0000000 .000
   Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   Josh Lueke, P0000000 .000
   Cesar Ramos, P0000000 .000
   Jake McGee, P0000000 .000
2B - Wil Myers (2, Delabar), Evan Longoria (1, Santos), Desmond Jennings 2 (3, Hutchison)
RBI - Wil Myers (3), Desmond Jennings (1)
2-OUT RBI - Wil Myers (3)
SB - Desmond Jennings (1, 3rd base off Santos/Navarro), Sean Rodriguez (1, 2nd base off Santos/Navarro)
CS - Matt Joyce (1, 2nd base by Hutchison/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Escobar-Zobrist-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
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Josh Lueke 1000120 0.00
Cesar Ramos 1.2100020 0.00
Jake McGee 0.1000000 0.00
WP - Alex Cobb (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 104-60, Heath Bell 17-11, Josh Lueke 17-9, Cesar Ramos 22-14, Jake McGee 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 8-4, Heath Bell 2-1, Cesar Ramos 1-1, Jake McGee 1-0
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 24, Heath Bell 3, Josh Lueke 4, Cesar Ramos 5, Jake McGee 1
Game Information
Attendance - 11113
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Brian Gorman