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Blue Jays' Hutchison looks to be sharp again versus Red Sox

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The Canadian Press
5/21/2014 10:55:40 AM
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(SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Hutchison is coming off one of the best starts in his young career and will look to build on that when the Toronto Blue Jays battle the struggling Boston Red Sox in game two of their three game set at Fenway Park.

Clay Buchholz will be on the mound for Boston who fell to Toronto 7-4 on Tuesday night.

The Blue Jays have won six of eight while the Red Sox have dropped five in a row.

Hutchison went the distance for his first shutout on Friday, defeating Texas, 2-0, while surrendering just three hits.

He's faced the Red Sox once, in Toronto, and won a 5-1 decision after pitching seven innings in June 2012.

Buchholz was 12-1 in the turnaround 2013 season that yielded a World Series championship.

He's lost three of five decisions thus far in 2014 while posting an ugly 6.17 earned run average.

In his last start, on Thursday at Minnesota, Buchholz gave up three runs in six innings in a game the Red Sox ultimately lost, 4-3, in 10 innings.

He downed Toronto, 7-6, in April and is 10-5 in 18 career starts against the Blue Jays, though just two of those wins have come over seven starts in the series at Fenway Park.

On Tuesday, Edwin Encarnacion hit two of Toronto's four home runs, accounting for four RBI, as the Blue Jays took down Boston in the opener.

Melky Cabrera ended up 4-for-5 with a solo homer, two runs batted in and three scored for the Jays. Erik Kratz also went deep for the visitors.

J.A. Happ (3-1) allowed four runs on seven hits while fanning six and walking two over five-plus innings. Casey Janssen worked out of a jam in the ninth for his fourth save.

Jonny Gomes finished 3-for-4 with a two-run homer for the Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia and Jackie Bradley each drove in a run, too.

Felix Doubront (2-4) was tagged in the setback for five hits and as many runs while not surviving the fifth inning.

Boston took two of three from the Jays earlier in the year.

Boston dropped a 7-4 decision in Tuesday's opener for its fifth straight loss. It hasn't lost six consecutive games since the end of 2012, when it closed the season with eight straight defeats.

Drew Hutchison  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)

Tonight's Blue Jays lineup vs. Red Sox

1. Jose Reyes-SS
2. Melky Cabrera-LF
3. Jose Bautista-RF
4. Adam Lind-DH
5. Edwin Encarnacion-1B
6. Juan Francisco-3B
7. Brett Lawrie-2B
8. Dioner Navarro-C
9. Anthony Gose-CF
SP Drew Hutchison

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