TORONTO (AP) — Drew Hutchison came within one out of his second career complete game, Jose Bautista homered and drove in three runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Wednesday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Melky Cabrera had three hits as the Blue Jays closed within four games of the AL East-leading Orioles and handed Baltimore its first loss in four games.
Hutchison (8-9) struck out eight and allowed just one hit, a solo homer by Chris Davis in the second, to win for the second time in three starts. Hutchison responded to the homer by setting down 22 straight batters but was replaced after Nick Markakis walked in the ninth.
Casey Janssen came on and finished it by getting Manny Machado to foul out.
Davis, who also homered in Baltimore’s 9-3 win on Tuesday, went deep in back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 12 and 13, 2013.
All five Toronto runs came with two outs, and the Blue Jays collected nine two-out hits.
Wei-Yin Chen (12-4) had won his past five starts but couldn’t extend that career-best streak, allowing four runs and eight hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out six.
Dioner Navarro and Danny Valencia had RBI singles in the first as the Blue Jays jumped out to an early lead.
Cabrera hit a two-out double in the second and Bautista followed with a second-deck drive to left.
Bautista made it 5-1 with a two-out double off T.J. McFarland in the sixth.
Blue Jays: Third baseman Brett Lawrie, who left Tuesday’s game with a sore back, was held out of the lineup. First baseman Adam Lind (right foot) will begin a rehab assignment with Toronto’s Gulf Coast League team on Thursday and could rejoin the Blue Jays this weekend, manager John Gibbons said.
Orioles: Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (right ankle) felt fine after throwing a 35-pitch bullpen session before the game, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t divulge when Jimenez might return to the mound. Showalter did confirm, however, that right-hander Chris Tillman will start Friday’s home game against St. Louis.
Baltimore right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will try to bounce back after losing for the first time in four starts, allowing four runs in five innings against Seattle last Saturday. Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ will make his second start against the Orioles this season. He won in Baltimore on June 15, allowing one run over six innings.