Blue Jays swing bats, aid Hutchison's tuneup

Opening Day starter tosses 3 shutout innings, as Smoak, Encarnacion, Goins star at plate

Blue Jays swing bats, aid Hutchison's tuneup

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- An RBI double by Justin Smoak sparked a three-run seventh inning for the Blue Jays, who held off the charging Red Sox for a 9-7 victory Wednesday at Jet Blue Park.

Ryan Goins homered and Danny Valencia added an RBI ground-rule double to give Toronto a 9-4 lead in the eighth before Matt Spring hit a two-run double in the eighth and Blake Tekotte hit an RBI single in the ninth to lead Boston's comeback attempt.

Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison tuned up for his start on Opening Day by holding the Red Sox to three hits and no runs over three innings.

"I thought he looked good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Hutchison. "He's ready to go, and for the most part, I thought he was pretty sharp. Good choice for Opening Day."

Goins' solo shot

Things did not go as well for Steven Wright, who is trying to pitch his way onto the Boston roster. The knuckleballer gave up four hits and three earned runs over 3 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out four.

Encarnacion's towering homer

Edwin Encarnacion looked in midseason form, belting a towering solo shot to left for the Blue Jays. Josh Donaldson ripped a ground-rule, two-run double in the first inning.

"I just threw a regular knuckleball, and it didn't drop," said Wright about Encarnacion's home run. "It was going to be probably a high strike. He's a good hitter. I would consider him as a free-swinger type of guy. But he's got a lot of pop. It didn't drop. If it drops half an inch more, it's probably a topper. Instead, it goes 500 feet."

Donaldson's two-run double

Allen Craig put the Red Sox on the board by hitting an opposite-field, inside-the-park homer.

The drive to right hit a railing above the wall and then took a wild bounce on the warning track, where Jose Bautista had to chase it down. When Bautista finally caught up to it, he fell down and tossed the ball to center fielder Dalton Pompey. But Craig scored standing up.

"I don't think I've ever done that," said Craig. "I don't think I've ever come close. That was fun. That was exciting."

Must C: Inside-the-park home run

Jeff Bianchi drilled a three-run double for the Red Sox to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth.

Up next: The Blue Jays will travel to Montreal for the start of a two-game series against the Reds on Friday night at 7:07 ET, live on MLB.TV. Veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle will get the start but likely will only pitch a few innings in his final tuneup for the regular season. Left-hander Aaron Loup, Brett Cecil, Colt Hynes, Todd Redmond and Jeff Francis also are scheduled to pitch as Major League Baseball once again returns to Olympic Stadium. Toronto likely will go with its Opening Day lineup to start the game, with all of the regulars scheduled to make the trip.

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.