- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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.

Things didn’t start well for the Yankees as Jose Reyes homered into the second deck on Kuroda’s first pitch, his third leadoff blast this season and the 21st of his career. Melky Cabrera followed with a single, but Kuroda struck out Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion, then got Dioner Navarro to foul out.

Trailing 4-1, the Blue Jays cut the deficit to one in the fifth on a two-out, two-run single by Cabrera, but Lind flied out to end the inning.

New York used two walks and a hit batter to load the bases with no outs against reliever Rob Rasmussen in the seventh but only managed to score one run. Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly off Sergio Santos and Carlos Beltran struck out before Ichiro Suzuki walked to load the bases again. Santos escaped by getting Brian Roberts to fly out.

Kuroda left after Anthony Gose grounded into a fielder’s choice in the seventh. Shawn Kelley gave up a single to Reyes and got Cabrera to fly out. Matt Thornton came on, Gose and Reyes advanced on a double steal, but Lind ended the inning with a broken-bat grounder to the mound.

NOTES: Gibbons said 2B Steve Tolleson has been suffering from blurred vision and was unavailable against the Yankees. Tolleson has been visiting eye doctors this week and will see another specialist Thursday. … Toronto has gone 5-13 since a 5-0 start to June. … The Blue Jays selected OF Brad Glenn from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned OF Kevin Pillar to Triple-A. Pillar threw his bat down the dugout steps after he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning Tuesday. … Encarnacion started at DH after being hit in the back of the head in a collision with Teixeira at first base Tuesday. … Derek Jeter celebrates his 40th birthday Thursday. … The Blue Jays begin a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Toronto LHP J.A. Happ (6-4) faces Chicago RHP Scott Carroll (2-3).

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