Hutchison hurt by HRs, Blue Jays bow to Braves 5-2
By CHARLES ODUM
ATLANTA (AP) John Farrell said Drew Hutchison pitched better than the numbers showed. That was of little consolation to the rookie following his first interleague start.
Hutchison yielded two key homers Saturday and the Toronto Blue Jays went on to a 5-2 loss to the streaking Atlanta Braves.
Dan Uggla hit a three-run shot in the third and Andrelton Simmons added a solo shot in the seventh against Hutchison (5-3), who gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Farrell said the 21-year-old right-hander was hurt only by the homers.
"I thought today Drew pitched as consistent as he's been the last three or four times out," the manager said. "Two pitches found the middle of the plate.
"He pitched with conviction. I thought he commanded the baseball, with the exception of those two pitches, as we've seen."
Hutchison dropped to 2-3 with a 6.47 ERA in six road starts this season.
"No, I'm not satisfied with it," Hutchison said. "I put us in a hole early we had to come back from when I put us in a bigger hole and put it out of reach."
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer in the sixth, the only inning the Blue Jays had a runner reach third base.
"With the exception of Jose's two-run homer, we're having a little bit of an issue right now trying to bunch some hits together and really getting anything generated offensively," Farrell said.
Tommy Hanson (7-4) improved to 6-0 in six career starts against teams from the AL East, including a win at Tampa Bay on May 18. He gave up five hits in eight innings while improving to 7-2 in interleague play overall.
"I felt strong the entire time," Hanson said following his longest start of the season.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 18th save in 19 chances.
Bourn had three hits for the Braves, who remained one game behind first-place Washington in the NL East. They are 8-1 since losing eight straight.
"We've been playing good baseball," Uggla said. "We're grinding out at-bats, playing better defense and our pitchers have been outstanding. If we stay consistent like we have been the last week or so, we'll be all right."
Simmons, playing in only his second home game, connected for his first major league homer. He was given the silent treatment for a few seconds before he was swarmed by his teammates in the dugout.
Hanson gave up only two hits through five innings before struggling with two outs in the sixth. Colby Rasmus singled and scored on Bautista's 17th homer, cutting Atlanta's lead to 3-2. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a single before Kelly Johnson ended the inning with a deep fly ball caught by Constanza at the wall in left.
Blue Jays left fielder Rajai Davis left after the fifth inning in only his second game back after missing a game with a jammed left middle finger. Farrell said Davis developed a blister on the back of his left index finger from the treatment for the jammed finger.
"The blister that's there creates a lot of discomfort for him," Farrell said. "When he swung the bat, the bat came out of his hand in the last at-bat and we had to get him out of the game."
Mike McCoy replaced Davis in left field.
Atlanta helped Hanson with a couple of nice plays in the field. Jason Heyward made a diving catch in right to take a hit away from McCoy in the seventh, and third baseman Martin Prado made a diving stop on Encarnacion's sharp grounder in the fourth.
NOTES: The Braves held a pregame ceremony to remember the 20-year anniversary of "The Slide." Francisco Cabrera's ninth-inning hit drove in Sid Bream to give the Braves their 1992 NL championship series victory over the Pirates. Bream scored from second on a slide at the plate. The Braves then lost to the Blue Jays in the World Series. ... Players from the 1992 team, including John Smoltz, whose No. 29 was retired on Friday, lost to another team of former Braves players in a softball game. ... RHP Daniel Farquhar, designated for assignment by Toronto on Saturday, was claimed on waivers by Oakland. ... Bourn has a nine-game hitting streak. ... RHP Julio Teheran will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a fill-in start for Tim Hudson on Sunday. Hudson has bone spurs in his left ankle and could return to the rotation on Wednesday against the Yankees. LHP Ricky Romero will start for Toronto.
Updated June 9, 2012