Drew Hutchison shines as Jays blank Phillies

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Clearwater, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Drew Hutchison tossed 5 1/3 shutout frames as the Toronto Blue Jays closed their Grapefruit League play with a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday at Bright House Field.

Hutchison (1-1) finished off an impressive spring with a 1.80 ERA over four starts. The right-hander allowed just one hit — a single by Jimmy Rollins in the fourth– and struck out three against three walks.

Hutchison will get the ball again Tuesday against the Rays in the second game of the regular season for the Jays, who finished spring with a 14-13 mark.

“I battled today, I wasn’t really crisp,” Hutchison said. “I got behind way too much, actually, but on days like that when you come back and make good pitches, it’s a good sign.”

Veteran A.J. Burnett (1-3) gave the Phillies (9-17) five solid innings in his final Grapefruit League start, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Burnett, Philadelphia’s No. 2 starter, will pitch Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.

“Today was a good day,” Burnett said. “I threw a lot of strikes and threw some good pitches all around.”

The Blue Jays scored their first run in the fourth. Jose Bautista led off with a single. Emilio Guerrero pinch-ran and stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Dioner Navarro.

Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone, who is recovering from inflammation in his right shoulder, made his Grapefruit League debut with two scoreless innings in relief of Burnett.

The Blue Jays plated two more in the eighth on a single by Gabe Jacobo. Phillies reliever Mario Hollands was charged with both runs.

Left-hander Mark Buehrle will take the mound when the Blue Jays open a two-game exhibition series against the New York Mets in Montreal Friday.

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