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Bullpen picks up for injured Hutchison as Jays blank Phillies

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TORONTO -- After having yet another starting pitcher go down early to injury, the Toronto Blue Jays needed the help of five relief pitchers in order to pick up a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Toronto needed the help after losing Drew Hutchison in the first inning to what the Jays are calling right elbow soreness, relief pitchers Aaron Laffey, Carlos Villanueva (2-0), Jason Frasor, Darren Oliver and Casey Janssen combined to close out the shutout.

For Janssen, it was his first save in June and sixth overall this season.

Hutchison is the third Blue Jays starter two leave a game with what could be a serious injury in the last five days after previously seeing both Brandon Morrow and Kyle Drabek withdrawn early due to injury.

Vance Worley (3-3) went seven innings in a losing effort for the Phillies. Worley gave up three runs, only one of which was earned on five hits. He walked a pair of batters and struck out five.

Toronto (32-32) scoring came over two innings. They got one in the third and two more in the fourth off Worley.

The loss snapped a modest two-game winning streak for the Phillies (31-35) while Toronto rebounded after being swept by the Washington Nationals.

Hutchison only lasted nine pitches. After retiring the first two batters he faced, Hutchison motioned to the dugout after throwing a slider to Hunter Pence.

The trainer looked at his elbow and Hutchison was quickly taken out and replaced by Laffey.

Toronto lost Morrow to a left oblique strain on Monday and then Drabek with an elbow injury on Wednesday. The official word was that Hutchison left the game with right elbow soreness.

After Laffey replaced Hutchison, Villanueva took over in the third for the Blue Jays.

Back-to-back doubles by Rajai Davis and Brett Lawrie with two out in the third inning opened the scoring.

The Blue Jays scored two in the fourth. Jose Bautista led off with a single.

Phillies third baseman Mike Fontenot fielded an Edwin Encarnacion ground ball but then missed wildly on his throw to second when trying to force Bautista at second. The throw went into right field. Bautista scored on the play and Encarnacion wound up at third.

Encarnacion came in to score on a Yunel Escobar ground out.

NOTES: Chase Utley started his first game in the field as part of his rehab from a knee injury on Friday. Utley started at second base in an extended spring training game after playing his three previous at DH. ... The Jays announced that Kyle Drabek would be getting a second opinion on his right elbow after an MRI revealed ligament damage. Drabek, who's had Tommy John surgery once before, said the pain is nowhere near as bad as the previous injury that required the operation. ... Brett Cecil was recalled from AAA Las Vegas and will start Sunday. ... Cliff Lee (0-3) is scheduled to start for the Phillies against Ricky Romero (7-1) for the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.
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