Drew Hutchison shines as Jays blank Yankees

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Drew Hutchison tossed seven innings of one-hit ball while Jose Bautista homered for a fourth straight game as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees, 2-0, Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Hutchison (9-11), who missed almost all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, allowed two walks and had nine strikeouts for the Jays, throwing 64 of his 103 pitches for strikes.

This marked the first time all season that Hutchison recorded back-to-back quality starts. It’s also the second time of his career that Hutchison pitched at least seven innings and allowed one hit.

Aaron Sanchez worked the final two innings without allowing a baserunner for his second save that completed the combined one-hitter as the Blue Jays improved to 68-67.

Michael Pineda (3-3) took the loss after giving up two runs on seven hits with no walk and three strikeouts as the Yankees slipped to 70-64.

Hutchison encountered trouble in the first inning when he allowed a double to Mark Teixeira and hit a pair of batters.

However, he was able to escape that jam by getting a weak two-out fly ball off outfielder Martin Prado.

Bautista provided the Blue Jays with all the offense they would need in the fourth inning. With two outs and a runner on, Bautista sent a 0-2 offering from Pineda over the wall in left for his 28th home run of the season.

Pineda didn’t allow another run, working six strong innings but taking the loss nonetheless.

Despite the win, Toronto’s offensive woes continued, as the club has scored three runs or fewer in 15 of its 25 games this month, the main reason behind the Blue Jays’ subpar 8-17 record in August.

The Blue Jays will wrap up their series against New York Sunday afternoon. Toronto will then enjoy an off-day before heading out on a six-game road trip against Tampa Bay and Boston.

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