TORONTO - The home run ball got Phil Hughes again.
The New York Yankees right-hander tried to get a 3-2 cutter past Jose Bautista in the third inning on Thursday. It spun instead of cut, and Hughes watched it soar over the fence for a two-run home run.
J.P. Arencibia also hit a two-run homer against reliever Cory Wade in the seventh and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a sweep of the Yankees with a 4-1 victory before 31,266 at Rogers Centre.
Drew Hutchison (3-1) allowed one run and five hits in six innings to pick up the win as the Yankees lost their third game in a row. Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his third save.
Hughes (3-5) has given up at least one home run in each of his eight starts this season for a total of 10. He gave up seven hits in 5 1/3 innings but the one to Bautista was the one that caused the damage.
"It was a 3-2 cutter," said Hughes who walked two and struck out five. "I thought he had seen a lot of fastballs and maybe that was a good pitch to throw but it was kind of spinning out over the plate. It wasn't down and away where I would have liked to have it. Looking back that was the costly mistake."
He is working on staying away from the home run.
"It's something I've got to cut back on," he said. "I've got to keep the ball down. I think a lot of it has to do with cutters or fastballs up out over the plate. It's something that needs to change."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi liked the way Hughes competed despite the absence of his best stuff.
"I hope he can evaluate it," Girardi said, "and say 'you know I didn't have stuff and I was still able to compete and get some pretty good hitters out tonight.' Because you're not always going to have your best stuff and you have to find a way."
Meanwhile 21-year-old Hutchison continued to pitch with poise in his sixth major-league start since being called up early in the season from Class AA New Hampshire.
"He's wired in such a way that he keeps things in its proper context and perspective, and goes out and continues to execute pitches," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.
Hutchison allowed four walks while striking out three and worked out of several jams.
"I think I've thrown the ball pretty well," he said. "I battled, definitely like tonight. Got in some situations, battled through it.
"But four walks for the type of pitcher I am is kind of unacceptable and something I need to address and fix."
"The kid's aggressive," Girardi said. "He's got some deception to his fastball. He's got some movement, He's a young kid that's not afraid to throw strikes. He got out of some jams. We haven't swung the bats particularly well, but he got out of some jams and that's why he got the win."
Both teams begin interleague play Friday, with the Yankees (20-18) home to the Cincinnati Reds and the Blue Jays (21-18) home to the New York Mets.
Hughes left the game in the sixth after Ben Francisco's double and Yan Gomes' single put runners at the corners.
He was replaced by Wade, and Toronto did him a favor when Rajai Davis bunted back to Wade, who retired Francisco at the plate.
Kelly Johnson popped out to end the threat.
Jason Frasor replaced Hutchison in the seventh and set the Yankees down in order.
With two outs in the home seventh, the Blue Jays extended their lead when Wade gave up the fifth homer of the season by Arencibia. The blast also scored Bautista, who had singled with one out.
Left-hander Darren Oliver took over in the eighth for Toronto, and Omar Vizquel entered the game as a defensive replacement at third base. Vizquel made a nice play on Robinson Cano's liner to lead off the inning.
The Yankees scored in the first inning. Curtis Granderson walked with one out and scored on Cano's double to put the Yankees up 1-0.
The Blue Jays jumped into a 2-1 lead in the third after Yunel Escobar led off with his second hit of the game and Bautista followed with his 10th homer of the season. It came one pitch after he had yanked a foul to the 500 level.
Hutchison flirted with danger in the fourth when he walked the first two batters. But he worked out of it with a double-play grounder and a fly to left.
Hughes escaped a jam in the home fourth after Gomes singled for his first major league hit with one out and took third on a double by Davis. But the inning ended on a pop up and a soft liner, both to second.
NOTES: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie dropped the appeal of his four-game suspension and started serving it Thursday. He threw his helmet and it hit plate umpire Bill Miller on the bounce after a called third strike in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay. ... Gomes started at third base after being called up from Class AAA Las Vegas after first baseman Adam Lind was optioned to Las Vegas before the game. ... Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was rested, missing just his second start of the season.
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