Bautista's blast backs Hutchison's start in win

Bautista's blast backs Hutchison's start in win

Bautista's blast backs Hutchison's start in win
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Bautista did it again.

Bautista's 10th home run in 10 games at Target Field backed the solid pitching of Drew Hutchison to lift Toronto to a 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.

Despite his outstanding power numbers in a ballpark not known for yielding many home runs, Bautista continues to insist it's more about the approach that Twins pitchers take against him than anything related to geography.

"Again, it's an aggressive pitching staff that throws strikes," Bautista said. "I missed some today, but I got the one that counted and it was good enough for the win."

Bautista hit a two-out blast to left field in the sixth inning against Blue Jays castoff P.J. Walters (0-1). The umpires originally ruled that the ball stayed in the field of play, but after viewing the replay, crew chief Tim Tschida signaled a home run that put Toronto ahead 2-1.

"Full count, nobody on and two outs, I'm going after him there," Walters said. "I just spun one up there and it caught too much of the plate. If I threw it over to the corner where it's supposed to be, it'd probably be all right."

Meanwhile, Hutchison (2-1) won for the first time since his Major League debut on April 21 with his best performance as a Blue Jay to date. He allowed three hits and walked four while striking out four over six innings.

After a hitless first trip through the Twins' order, Hutchison lost his no-hitter when Brian Dozier singled with one out in the fourth. After a Joe Mauer single, Hutchison fanned Josh Willingham and was one pitch away from getting out of the inning, but he issued consecutive walks to Ryan Doumit and Trevor Plouffe to plate the first run of the game.

However, Hutchison buckled down and retired Chris Parmelee on a grounder to shortstop to get out of the inning. Afterward, he said he was just trying to focus on holding it together and not allowing the inning to get out of control.

"So far this year I've [allowed] some big innings and I didn't want that to happen again," Hutchison said. "You're one pitch away, just make a quality pitch."

Minnesota's lead didn't last long. In the next half-inning, the Jays tied the game on a two-out single by Adam Lind that scored Colby Rasmus, who reached on a booming double to the left-center gap against Walters, who was making his 2012 debut for the Twins.

The Twins threatened against Hutchison again in the sixth when Dozier led off with a double, but the rookie stranded him on third with one out by striking out Doumit and getting Plouffe on a comebacker he deflected to shortstop Yunel Escobar.

"Tonight, much like we've seen in a couple other outings, there's that one inning where he'll contribute to some trouble on the basepaths with some traffic," said Blue Jays manager John Farrell, who earned his 100th career victory on Saturday. "But he kept away from the big inning. And more importantly, the sixth inning was a growing experience for him tonight."

Jason Frasor and Luis Perez pitched around a leadoff double by Joe Mauer in the eighth inning and Casey Janssen pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in as many tries.

Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.