TORONTO (AP) - Drew Hutchison hasn’t enjoyed a whole lot of home comfort this season, and Sunday was the same story.
Jaime Garcia and two relievers combined on a three-hitter, Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Hutchison and the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0.
Hutchison (4-4) allowed five runs and six hits in three innings, his shortest start of the season. He walked one and struck out one.
“He didn’t have a lot of snap on his ball,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “They hit him around pretty good so I got him out of there.”
Hutchison is 1-3 with an 8.72 ERA in five home starts and 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in eight road starts.
“I feel the same way when I take the mound every time, home or on the road,” Hutchison said. “I just haven’t executed well here.”
Gibbons said he has no answer for Hutchison’s home struggles.
“It’s hard to put a finger on it,” Gibbons said. “I don’t know why it is. He wasn’t very good today but he’s been pretty good for us.”
Garcia (2-0) allowed three hits in seven innings, walked three and struck out four to win for the first time in three starts.
“Just a great win, great series against a team that couldn’t be any hotter than they were when we rolled in here,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of beating the AL East-leading Blue Jays.
Pat Neshek worked the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal finished for the Cardinals, who have a major league-high 12 shutouts this season. Texas entered Sunday with 11.
The Cardinals recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since May 10 and 11, 2013, against Colorado.
St. Louis won back-to-back games for the first time since May 24 and 25 against Cincinnati.
The Blue Jays, who had been blanked just once this season before Saturday, went scoreless for the second straight game and matched their season-low with three hits. Shelby Miller pitched a three-hitter to beat the Blue Jays 5-0 on Saturday.
“They stuck it to us pretty good the last couple of days,” Gibbons said.