Blue Jays reach 30 wins in a hurry

Jays' Jose Reyes celebrates Steve Tolleson's home run at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont. on...

Jays' Jose Reyes celebrates Steve Tolleson's home run at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Monday May 26, 2014. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 12:20 AM ET

TORONTO - The Blue Jays’ 30th win of the year, and seventh in a row, wasn’t exactly an exquisite masterpiece. More a case of blunt force trauma perpetrated against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Any complaint lodged against the Toronto pitching staff at this point is really just nitpicking. They’ve earned a free pass this month as a driving force in the team’s 17-5 record in the last 22 games.

This 10-5 victory was all about the offence. Every starter had at least one hit, 15 in all. Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion each had three of them, including Encarnacion’s 15th home run of the year and his 13th of the month, breaking Jose Bautista’s club record. Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning. Seven players had at least one RBI. Cabrera had three and Navarro two.

Early on, every time the Jays got a lead, the Rays tied it up until Toronto’s four-run fifth-inning uprising broke a 5-5 tie and sent them on their way to win No. 30, about three weeks faster than they got there in 2013.

Drew Hutchison earned his fourth win, but he wasn’t happy about his ragged performance, giving up five runs on seven hits and an uncharacteristic four walks.

“It was just one of those nights,” said Hutchison. “Nothing was very good about that except for our offence and our bullpen. They’re on a roll right now and I was lucky enough to have that.

“I wasn’t locating my fastball at all. It was a grind. Nothing was good, nothing was sharp. It just happens.”

Hutchison gave up all five Tampa runs on seven hits and Aaron Loup picked him up with two scoreless innings while Todd Redmond and Rob Rasmussen each pitched a shutout inning.


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