Jays' Hutchison brilliant in convincing win over Orioles

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison salutes the crowd as he leaves the game in the...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison salutes the crowd as he leaves the game in the ninth inning of the Jays 5-1 win over Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on August 6, 2014. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:24 PM ET

TORONTO -- It has been a season of puzzling contrasts for Drew Hutchison.

When he’s been bad, he has been very, very bad and when he’s been good, he’s never been as good as he was Wednesday night.

Hutchison allowed just one hit over 8.2 innings against one of the most potent lineups in baseball as the Toronto Blue Jays rebounded from a 9-3 drubbing on Tuesday for a 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

After erasing the first four men Hutchison faced in the game, Chris Davis tagged him for an opposite-field solo home run in the second inning. It was the only hit the Orioles would manage against him all evening and the only baserunner until Nick Markakis walked with two outs in the ninth inning.

Coming off a string of three subpar outings in his last four -- in which Hutchison had surrendered 18 earned runs over 17.2 innings – the right-hander was dominant, relying on impeccable fastball command to put him in position to mix in his breaking pitches.


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