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Blue Jays' Hutchison works road magic for win over O's

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BALTIMORE -- The Drew Hutchison Road Show enjoyed another successful stop, this time at Camden Yards in front of an unappreciative sellout crowd.

Hutchison scattered six hits over seven innings in another sparkling outing on the road, and the Toronto Blue Jays got a two-run homer from Juan Francisco in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

Hutchison (5-4) struck out three, walked none and permitted only one runner past second base. The right-hander is 1-3 with an 8.72 ERA at home and 4-1 with a 1.79 ERA on the road.

"It's just worked out that way so far. It's kind of one of those things," Hutchison said of his imbalanced record. "I haven't had many starts at home, so that might be part of it. But the rest of that, I could really care less as long as we're going out there and giving the team a chance to win."

Especially against the Orioles. Hutchison is 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA in five career starts against Baltimore.

"He's pretty good against some other people," Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted.

Hutchison outpitched Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8), who allowed two runs and three hits in six innings but fell to 0-6 at home.

"I was able to hang in for the team," Jimenez said. "I was able to at least get a quality start."

The difference was Francisco's 11th home run, a second-inning drive into the Baltimore bullpen following a walk to Brett Lawrie.

After Hutchison retired three straight batters in the seventh following a leadoff double by J.J. Hardy, a thunderstorm stopped play for 21 minutes.

When play resumed, Toronto scored twice in the eighth off Tommy Hunter on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Jose Bautista.

Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil left with a groin injury in the eighth inning. He was replaced by Dustin McGowan, who got five outs for his first major-league save.

"Just right now it just feels kind of tight," Cecil said.

The victory snapped a three-game skid for the AL East-leading Blue Jays, who had lost five of six while being outscored 29-9.

"I felt like it was the toughest game to win all year, if you want to know the truth," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "We didn't get many hits. We got the big home run, and of course we scratched out a couple late."

Jimenez was seeking his first win at Camden Yards since signing a $50 million, four-year contract during the offseason. He walked five but, after Francisco homered, the right-hander did not give up another hit until Adam Lind singled off the right-field wall with two outs in the sixth.

"That's something that I need to still work on it," Jimenez said, referring to his walk total. "But I was good. I was OK."

Orioles starters have allowed two runs or fewer in 12 of the last 15 games.

Manny Machado had three hits for Baltimore, but the Orioles stranded nine and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

The Blue Jays put runners on the corners with no outs in the first inning before Jimenez worked out of trouble. In the second, however, Francisco delivered Toronto's major-league leading 92nd home run.

That ended the Jays' run of four straight games without a homer and snapped Baltimore's streak of 43 innings without allowing a long ball. It also marked the first time in nine games that Toronto scored first.

After Baltimore loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, Jonathan Schoop hit a fly to the warning track in center field.

"I thought I made a lot of really good pitches in that inning," Hutchison said. "They just happened to place a couple in a couple really good spots, and I was able to bear down and make a pitch to get out of it."

Beginning with that out, Hutchison retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.

Notes

Baltimore's fourth sellout of the season drew an announced crowd of 44,031. ... Orioles C Matt Wieters will have his ailing elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday, and season-ending surgery is a distinct possibility. "I hope we get some good news Monday, but we better prepare if it's not," manager Buck Showalter said. Wieters has not played since May 10. ... Bud Norris (3-1, 2.38 ERA at home) starts for the Orioles on Saturday against Toronto and right-hander R.A. Dickey. ... Showalter said Machado's suspension will not start this weekend, and it will likely go to the appeal process. Machado is challenging a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing his bat on the field.

 
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Toronto's Drew Hutchison tosses seven shutout innings in Baltimore to lower his road ERA to 1.79 this season. (USATSI)
Toronto's Drew Hutchison tosses seven shutout innings in Baltimore to lower his road ERA to 1.79 this season. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Francisco
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

U. Jimenez
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 5
K 2
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS3100100 .262
Melky Cabrera, LF4010001 .302
Jose Bautista, RF3011102 .310
Adam Lind, DH4010002 .331
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4000013 .253
Brett Lawrie, 2B-3B3100100 .237
Juan Francisco, 3B3112020 .246
   Steve Tolleson, 2B1000000 .277
Dioner Navarro, C3000100 .258
Anthony Gose, CF1100201 .227
Drew Hutchison, P0000000 .667
   Brett Cecil, P0000000 .000
   Dustin McGowan, P0000000 .000
Totals2944363  
Batting
HR - Juan Francisco (11, Jimenez)
RBI - Jose Bautista (46), Juan Francisco 2 (28)
CS - Anthony Gose (3, 2nd base by Jimenez/Joseph)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Lawrie-Encarnacion
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Hutchison (W,5-4) 7600030 3.62
Brett Cecil 0.1200010 3.51
Dustin McGowan (S,1) 1.2100030 3.96
HBP - Joseph (by Drew Hutchison)
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Hutchison 96-70, Brett Cecil 18-11, Dustin McGowan 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Hutchison 7-10, Dustin McGowan 1-1
Batters Faced - Drew Hutchison 27, Brett Cecil 3, Dustin McGowan 6
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4000021 .301
Steve Pearce, LF4020000 .323
Adam Jones, CF4020000 .300
Chris Davis, 1B4000023 .226
Nelson Cruz, DH4000012 .298
J.J. Hardy, SS4020010 .286
Manny Machado, 3B4030001 .234
Jonathan Schoop, 2B4000016 .223
Caleb Joseph, C2000001 .130
   a-Delmon Young, PH1000001 .292
Ubaldo Jimenez, P0000000 .000
   Tommy Hunter, P0000000 .000
   Josh Stinson, P0000000 .000
Totals3509007  
a-fouled out for Joseph in the 9th
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy (15, Hutchison), Manny Machado (5, Hutchison)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Machado-Schoop-Davis, Machado-Schoop-Davis-Davis-Hardy-Jimenez
E - Jonathan Schoop (8, Missed catch of throw)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,2-8) 6322521 4.86
Tommy Hunter 1.1121110 5.79
Josh Stinson 1.2000000 6.23
WP - Tommy Hunter (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 101-59, Tommy Hunter 25-14, Josh Stinson 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 7-6, Tommy Hunter 3-1, Josh Stinson 3-2
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 23, Tommy Hunter 7, Josh Stinson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44031
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Jerry Layne