TORONTO (AP) - Drew Hutchison has had a hard time whenever he’s faced the New York Yankees this season.
Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run, Hiroki Kuroda won for the first time in four starts and the Yankees beat Hutchison and the Blue Jays 5-3 on Wednesday night, snapping their losing streak at four games.
Hutchison (5-6) lost for the third time in four starts, allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out six.
“I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to deliver a better performance for us and not give us a better chance to win,” the right-hander said.
New York got all the runs it would need with a four-run third inning against Hutchison. Kelly Johnson drew a leadoff walk and scored on Francisco Cervelli’s double. Two-outs later, Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single and scored on Teixeira’s home run.
“I was disappointed in that big inning, especially allowing three runs with two outs and not being able to make that big pitch,” Hutchison said.
For Teixeira, the homer was his third in five games.
“Hutchison pitched really well, he only made a couple of mistakes that one inning and we made him pay,” Teixeira said. “Other than that, he was throwing some dirty pitches.”
Hutchison is 0-3 with a 9.22 ERA in three starts against the Yankees this season.
“He’s still a young kid,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of the 23-year-old. “He’s going to go through his growing pains.”
Teixeira said it was important for the Yankees to avoid being swept by the AL East-leading Blue Jays.
“That was a big win,” Teixeira said. “We needed this one to stop the bleeding a little bit.”
Kuroda (5-5) won for the first time since May 28, at St. Louis, allowing three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.
“He got us into the seventh inning with a lead and I thought he threw the ball pretty good,” Girardi said.
David Robertson got the final five outs for his 18th save in 20 chances.