"He really gave us what we needed," manager John Gibbons said, per MLB.com. "I mean, we were fresh [in the bullpen], but we've been looking for that seven- or eight-inning start, that always helps everybody out."
Hutchison (2-0) was brilliant through the first five innings as his team built up a 7-0 lead. He then surrendered a solo home run in the sixth inning and another run on a fielder's choice in the seventh. The Orioles made a run in the ninth inning but fell just short of completing the comeback.
"I think you're just out there concentrating on one guy at a time," Hutchison said. "Maybe if you got deeper -- I haven't got deeper so I wouldn't know -- but I wasn't really thinking about [the perfect game]."
Hutchison owns a 5.48 ERA and 21:6 K:BB ratio in 23 innings over four starts. He's scheduled to face the Red Sox in Boston Wednesday.
Hutchinson was removed in the fifth after surrendering back-to-back RBI triples to Andrelton Simmons and Jace Peterson.
He threw 99 pitches and recorded six strikeouts.
"He was kind of in and out. At times he was popping that fastball and locating it ... it's really what happens to him all the time," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He starts scattering it. It's pretty unanimous what happens to most pitchers. The game is being able to locate pitches, fastballs with some offspeed stuff when you get behind in the count."
"It looked like he had an aggressive mindset, just wasn't commanding the ball like he wanted to out there," Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said.
Hutchinson next start is set for Thursday against the Orioles.
Hutchison (1-0) enjoyed a strong performance on Opening Day but couldn't keep things going Sunday, allowing home runs with runners on base in the first and fifth innings and also giving up two more runs in the third inning. His only saving grace was that the Blue Jays were able to score eight runs of their own through the first four innings.
Hutchison will look for a bounce-back performance Friday against the Braves.
Hutchison got the start and didn't allow a hit until two outs in the fourth inning. He allowed three runs and one hit over six innings, striking out three and walking two.
Hutchison threw 57 strikes in his 93 pitches. The only run he allowed was a solo homer to Brett Gardner in the sixth.
"He worked on his changeup in Spring Training, I thought he was running a lot of balls inside, he was using both sides of the plate," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, per MLB.com.
The next start for Hutchison will likely be Sunday at Baltimore, against Chris Tillman. He is 4-1, 2.29 against the Orioles in his career.
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