Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/18/12

New York Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes didn't have a good feel for his breaking pitches Thursday night, so he decided to let his fastball carry him as far as it could take him.

It took him pretty far, as the right-hander held the Toronto Blue Jays to two runs over 5 1/3 innings, his lone mistake coming on a third-inning home run by Jose Bautista. The Yankees dropped a 4-1 decision as the offense continued to sputter, but for Hughes, it was another step forward as he tries to erase the ugly start to his season.

"I thought they did a pretty good job considering he really had only one pitch tonight, his fastball," manager Joe Girardi said. "He didn't really have his curveball. His cutter was OK. His changeup was OK. I thought he had to battle for what he did to get us to that point."

Hughes found himself in a jam in the first after the first two batters reached base, but he fanned both Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion before retiring J.P. Arencibia on a popup.

"I felt like my fastball was good, and everything else was kind of erratic," Hughes said. "I was able to get Encarnacion and Bautista in the first to get out of that jam with just fastballs, basically. I went with that until I had to make some adjustments."

Hughes found himself in a battle with Bautista in the third, throwing him seven pitches to work the count full. Having thrown him a steady diet of fastballs, he decided to try a 3-2 cutter, but it didn't go down and away as he had hoped, allowing Bautista to drill it over the left field wall.

"I felt like he had seen a lot of fastballs, and that would be a good pitch," Hughes said. "Looking back, that was the costly mistake."

Hughes has lowered his ERA in each of the past three starts, dropping it from 7.48 to 5.23.

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