Making just his 12th major-league start — and first since
undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012 — Hutchison (1-0) scattered
three hits and three walks while striking out four as the Blue Jays
bounced back from a season-opening 9-2 defeat. Two relievers bridged
the gap to Sergio Santos, who struck out the side around Desmond
Jennings' RBI double to secure his first save.
Alex Cobb (0-1) struggled from start to finish, charged with four
runs on five hits while walking four over five innings. Jennings and
Matt Joyce each had two of the Rays' seven hits.
Lind kicked off the scoring in style, drilling a shot over the
center-field wall to bring home Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista
ahead of him. Jonathan Diaz extended the lead in the fourth with a
single up the middle that scored Brett Lawrie, who had reached on a
Hutchison hit his first patch of trouble in the sixth — leaving with
two men on and one out — but Aaron Loup forced Ben Zobrist to ground
out and Evan Longoria to line out to first to end the threat. Wil
Myers put Tampa Bay on the board in the eighth with a double to the
center-field warning track off Steve Delabar, but the reliever
halted the Rays' rally by getting Zobrist to pop out in the infield.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes underwent an MRI that
revealed inflammation in his troublesome left hamstring. Toronto
placed Reyes on the 15-day disabled list Monday after he lasted just
a half-inning in the season opener. ... Toronto hasn't won a series
at Tropicana Field since April 2007, going 0-19-1 in that span. ...
Joyce is 4-for-5 with two walks, two runs scored and three RBIs
through the first two games of the series.
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