Bautista homers as Blue Jays beat Brewers 4-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm •  Published: July 1, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — A little extra zip made Drew Hutchison's fastball too much for the Milwaukee Brewers to handle.

Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus hit solo home runs, Hutchison struck out a career-high 10 to snap a two-start losing streak and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Brewers 4-1 on Tuesday.

Manager John Gibbons said Hutchison had "a dynamite fastball."

"When he's on, he's on," Gibbons said.

Pitching on an extra day's rest, Hutchison retired the first 14 batters he faced before outfielder Khris Davis reached on an infield single to shortstop in the fifth. Hutchison followed by getting Lyle Overbay to fly out.

"The ball riding up a little bit with that extra life kind of caught us off guard," Overbay said. "It wasn't in the scouting report."

However, the Brewers did get a late scouting report from leadoff batter Scooter Gennett, who lined out to begin the game and brought a warning back to the bench.

"He came back and said 'Hey, when his ball is up, it takes off,'" Overbay said. "It kind of looks good coming in so you end up swinging at it anyway."

Hutchison (6-6) came in 1-4 with an 8.13 ERA in six home starts but delivered his best performance of the season at Rogers Centre. The right-hander allowed one run, three hits and two walks in seven innings.

"I was able to make good pitches and get ahead," Hutchison said. "That has a lot to do with it."

The Blue Jays ended a three-game losing streak, one shy of their season high, and won for the third time in 14 meetings with Milwaukee, much to the delight of a Canada Day crowd of 45,088.

"It's Canada Day in front of a nice crowd," Gibbons said. "You don't want to lay an egg."

The Brewers had their four-game road winning streak end as they lost away from home for just the third time in 13 games.

"We didn't get a lot of hits," manager Ron Roenicke said. "A lot of strikeouts, not a lot of hits."

Starting for the first time since leaving a June 22 game at Cincinnati with a strained left hamstring, Bautista gave the Blue Jays an early lead with a two-out blast in the first. The homer was his first since June 6 against St. Louis.

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