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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison made a memorable return in his first major league start in nearly two years, leading Toronto (1-1) to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays (1-1) on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

Hutchison, who underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2012 and had not pitched in a game since June 15, 2012, was one of the biggest bright spots of the spring for the Blue Jays. His regular-season debut was no different.

The 23-year-old righty scattered three hits, walked three batters and struck out four over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. It was Hutchison's first major league win since June 3, 2012.

After being held to two runs in the season opener, Toronto's lineup backed up Hutchison with four early runs against Rays right-handed starter Alex Cobb.

Cobb, viewed by many as a potential breakout star this season, allowed five hits, walked four batters, struck out three and threw 104 pitches as he labored through five innings of work.

Hutchison, meanwhile, was effective and efficient as he worked into the sixth inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar in the top of the sixth and followed that up by walking outfielder Matt Joyce. He managed to retire reigning American League Rookie of the Year Wil Myers before manager John Gibbons walked to the mound to take Hutchison out of the game.

The Rays began to rally against right-handed reliever Steve Delabar in the eighth inning, when Myers swatted a double to the center-field wall and scored Joyce.

Their rally continued in the ninth, when third baseman Evan Longoria hustled his way to a leadoff double that bounced off Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie's glove and scored on center fielder Desmond Jennings' double to deep center field. A double-steal put two runners in scoring position with two outs, but Escobar took a called third strike from Jays right-hander Sergio Santos to end the game.

Toronto got to Cobb right away. Left fielder Melky Cabrera led off with a single to center field and right fielder Jose Bautista drew a one-out walk after narrowly missing a home run on a long foul fly to left. First baseman Adam Lind then worked a 3-1 count before smashing a changeup over the fence in center field for a three-run homer.

Toronto shortstop Jonathan Diaz, called up to replace injured starter Jose Reyes, tacked on another run against Cobb in the fourth with his first major league hit, an RBI single to center that brought home Lawrie. Diaz, who was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2006, went on to swipe second for the first stolen base of his career.

NOTES: Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes was diagnosed with mild inflammation in his left hamstring after being placed on the 15-day disabled list following Monday's season opener. Reyes is expected to miss at least the next two weeks, but an MRI revealed no structural damage. Reyes said the MRI results were a "relief" and hopes to return to the field after two weeks of rest. ... Rays OF David DeJesus said his bruised right foot was still a little sore on Tuesday. DeJesus said the swelling and soreness were expected, and he did not anticipate a trip to the 15-day disabled list. "I know it's not broken," DeJesus said. "So that's good."
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