Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/19/12

TORONTO -- As good as Brandon Morrow was on Saturday in pitching a three-hit shutout as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Mets 2-0, he still needed a couple of defensive gems from right-fielder Jose Bautista.

Bautista made a fine catch going out toward the wall in right field on a sixth-inning line drive by Andres Torres.

And then in the ninth threw out Mike Baxter trying for a double that would have put runners at second and third with one out.

Morrow was able to get his second shutout of the season and give the Blue Jays (23-18) their fourth win in a row before a crowd of 34,962 at Rogers Centre,

"That was huge," Morrow said. "He made a great throw right on the money and got him, it was big to me."

Replays showed that shortstop Yunel Escobar might not have made the tag on Baxter and Mets manager Terry Collins went out to talk to second-base umpire Brian Knight.

"He said he thought he tagged him on the back," Collins said. "I thought if he didn't have a good view of it (he should) ask and he said he couldn't, so that was it."

Morrow (5-2) pitched a three-hit shutout against the Los Angeles Angels on May 3 at Anaheim.

The Mets (21-19) have lost six of their past nine games including the first two games of their first interleague series of the season.

Morrow allowed one walk on Saturday. The walk came against pinch-hitter Scott Hairston to lead off the ninth and he was at third to end the game after Baxter was called out after his single.

Morrow struck out eight.

"Morrow was sharp," Baxter said. "He made a lot of good pitches, he mixed well, elevated his fastball in the zone. He threw really well."

Right-hander Jeremy Hefner (0-1) who was called up for Saturday's game from Class AAA Buffalo and replaced starter Miguel Batista after two innings took the loss.

The Mets said that Batista, 41, a former Blue Jay, experienced lower back discomfort.

Batista allowed Edwin Encarnacion's leadoff double and a one-out walk in the second inning.

He said he felt something on the 3-2 pitch on the walk to Eric Thames.

"I felt a pull there and it felt funny," Batista said. "After that I felt it every pitch."

Hefner pitched five innings and gave up two runs and four hits.

"I applaud the job Jeremy Hefner did," Collins said. "Getting here this morning and giving us that kind of an outing is tremendous."

The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead against Hefner with three successive two-out hits in the fifth inning.

Jeff Mathis singled and scored on Kelly Johnson's double. Johnson took third on an error by center fielder Andres Torres and scored on a single by Escobar.

"When the pitching is that good, and you only have to a score a few or come back from just a few it makes it easier for the offense," Johnson said. "The offenses go up and down during the season. But when they don't score you just have to get one."

The Blue Jays second baseman also praised Bautista's defense.

"Jose makes two great defensive plays," Johnson said. "The throw was huge. The catch at the wall was huge. They had some hard-hit balls right at us but at the same time Brandon threw such a good game and Jeff did such a good job back here too."

Ronny Cedeno's one-out single in the third inning gave the Mets their first base runner of the game.

A fine running catch by Bautista on a line drive by Torres kept Morrow's one-hitter going in the sixth. Bautista made the catch while running out and bounced into the fence after grabbing the ball for the third out.

But his throw, and the call, in the ninth, was the game-saver.

"It was a scary situation," Johnson said. "You're looking at second and third with one out and the middle of their order. They still have (David) Wright on the bench. You just never know what can happen. That was a huge defensive play from our best player just going out there and playing that carom and making a heck of a throw and Yunel did a good job and made a great tag. Big play."

"Sometimes we go out there when we really don't have any basis for it," Collins said. "But I knew he missed the tag so I went out."

Lucas Duda lined a double to right field with two out in the seventh for the Mets' second runner of the afternoon. Morrow finished the inning with his seventh strikeout of the game, getting Ike Davis.

"I'm getting ahead with the fastball," Morrow said. "Getting back in counts with the fastball. Locating it well on both sides of the plate against both right-handers and left-handers and that set the tone for the game. I had a curveball over for some strikes, got a couple of quick outs. Had a good slider when I needed it."

Notes: Mets' third baseman David Wright, who is batting .409 with four homes and 22 RBI, had a sore throat and other cold symptoms and did not start Saturday. ... Wright's double on Friday gives him 1,300 career hits, tied for second on the Mets all-time list with Jose Reyes. ... Infielder Jordany Valdespin was demoted before the game to make room for Hefner. ... Catcher J.P. Arencibia and outfielder Rajai Davis, who each hit two homers in Friday's 14-5 win, were back in the Blue Jays lineup Saturday. Arencibia was designated hitter and Davis again played center field instead of Colby Rasmus. ... Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.62 earned-run average) will start Sunday against the Mets' Dillon Gee (2-3, 5.65 ERA).

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