Edwin Encarnacion and Kelly Johnson each hit a
homer to lead the Blue Jays' attack and give their
21-year-old starter all the support he needed.
Hutchison showed more on his fastball
than he has all season, and he threw his four-seamer more.
"Probably the best fastball in
terms of power that he showed throughout the course of the season," Farrell
"I just kind of let it go," Hutchison said. "I'm not
going to say I didn't worry about throwing strikes, but I just let it go."
Johnson, who missed the two previous games with a sore
hamstring, also hit two doubles and ended with three RBIs.
The Blue Jays' bullpen had been overworked in recent
games, but Hutchison (4-2) gave them a break, rebounding from
four-inning start in a loss to the Rays on May
"I was just able to go out
there and compete," Hutchison said. "I was pretty upset with the way I
performed the last time out and was looking forward to this start tonight."
The bullpen was particularly overused against the
as a result, the Blue Jays ran a shuttle between
Triple-A Las Vegas and Arlington, Texas, to try to keep fresh arms in the
Brandon Morrow lasted only two-thirds of an inning
in Texas on Friday in a 14-3 loss, and
Kyle Drabek was removed after three innings in
Sunday's 12-6 loss. In between
was an 8-7 loss in 13 innings that further stretched
"Coming off the stretch
that we've come through, every additional inning by a starter just allows us or
affords us the potential to rest another guy on a given night when we've been
taxed in the bullpen," Farrell said.
Hutchison did not put extra pressure on
himself to go deeper into the game.
"You expect to go out there and do that every time,"
he said. "There's no pressure, you just try to go deep like you always do."
The important thing is that he found his
elusive release point.
"I was able to find my release point tonight and got
in a rhythm," he said. "I found my release point for the first time this year, I
think. That definitely had a lot to do with it."
"Hutchison was good, real good," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "You can see why they think so highly of him. He had great command of his fastball tonight, I thought that was the difference."
"He's good, the ball was sharp," Johnson said. "And
he was hitting his spots, and he has that deceptive cross-body [delivery], and
when he's keeping it down and hitting
the corners like that, he's good all day long."
The Blue Jays scored six runs, five earned, on nine
hits in three-plus innings against Orioles starter
Tommy Hunter (2-3).
cutters in weren't in, the fastballs in to the lefties kept coming back over
the middle of the plate," Hunter said. "When that happens, professional
hitters, they take advantage of it pretty quick."
The Blue Jays scored in the first inning when
doubled and scored on Colby Rasmus' single. Johnson
has now reached base in 20 consecutive games.
"It almost is fitting -- he
doubles in his first at-bat, and we're pressed to send him home on the base hit
to right field," Farrell said. "So he tested [the hamstring] right away."
Toronto tacked on a run in the second on singles by
David Cooper and Jeff Mathis, a sacrifice by Omar
Vizquel and an RBI groundout by Johnson.
After the Orioles left the bases loaded in the
third, an error by Baltimore first baseman Chris
Davis allowed Jose Bautista to reach base,
and he scored on Encarnacion's 16th homer of the
Vizquel led off the fourth with a single,
the 2,848th hit of his career, tying him with Brooks
Robinson for 43rd on
the all-time list. He scored on Johnson's ninth
homer of the season.
then replaced by left-hander Dana Eveland.
The Orioles scored two runs in the ninth inning on
hits off reliever Francisco Cordero. Wilson Betemit
singled in one run and
Mark Reynolds doubled in another before Casey
Janssen was brought into the game to pick up his fourth save.
But it was a good start to a six-game homestand
against division rivals Baltimore and Boston.
"Obviously, when you get humbled a little bit like we
did in Texas, you want to come back and get on track," Johnson said. "And with
Drew pitching like he did and the offense scoring some runs and getting a lot of
hits, it was a good win and good way to
start the homestand."