Hutchison, Francisco carry Blue Jays over Orioles
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Juan Francisco hit a two-run homer and Drew Hutchison tossed seven scoreless innings as the Toronto Blue Jays ended a three-game skid with a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday in the second installment of a four-game set from Camden Yards.
Hutchison (5-4) allowed just six hits and did not walk a batter, departing only after a rain delay in between the seventh and eighth innings. Of his 96 pitches, 70 went for strikes.
The Jays led 2-0 heading into the short delay. Baltimore took the field for the top of the eighth and made a pair of mistakes, leading to two insurance runs for the visitors.
Anthony Gose led off with a walk and Jose Reyes put runners on the corners when Jonathan Schoop allowed his dribbler to squirt into right field. A wild pitch from Tommy Hunter allowed Gose to score, and Reyes sprinted home on Jose Bautista's bloop single to center two batters later.
"We've been scuffling a little bit as a team lately, especially scoring runs," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Brett Cecil was given the eighth, but left mid at-bat with two runners on and one out with an apparently injury. Dustin McGowan came in with a 1-2 count to Chris Davis and struck him out swinging on the first pitch. Nelson Cruz then grounded out to end the inning.
McGowan secured the ninth for his first save of his career.
The loss drops Baltimore to 4-4 on its 10-game homestand.
Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8) labored through six innings, walking five with just two strikeouts and serving up Francisco's homer in the second inning. Jimenez had Brett Lawrie with an 0-2 count one batter earlier, but issued a walk after four of his next five pitches were out of the zone. Francisco then belted a fastball out to center for the 2-0 lead.
"Five walks kept (Jimenez) from going deeper in the game," said Baltimore manager Buck Showalter. "The walks are an issue, but I thought his stuff was better."
Baltimore loaded the bases in the fourth inning but came up empty. Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy reached on singles around a pair of groundouts and Manny Machado chopped softly to third, sprinting to first before Francisco could get off a throw. Hutchison got Schoop to fly to center, ending the threat.
Hardy led off the home seventh with a double down the left field line off Hutchison, but again Baltimore failed with the runner in scoring position. Machado, Schoop and Caleb Joseph all popped to center for three consecutive outs.
The Orioles went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-4 and is 0-for-16 over his last four games ... Jimenez has lost four consecutive decisions ... Baltimore outhit Toronto, 9-4.
06/14 03:35:25 ET