TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison bounced back from a brutal road start with another fine effort at home.
The right-hander allowed career highs of nine hits and eight runs in his previous outing, June 12 at Boston, but fared much better against the Mets. He gave up four hits in 5 2/3 innings, walked one and struck out five.
"His fastball was kind of overpowering tonight," manager John Gibbons said. "It was a good outing for him, a tight ballgame. It was what we needed."
Hutchison (6-1) improved to 5-1 with a 2.38 ERA in seven starts at Rogers Centre. He's 1-0 with a 9.46 ERA in seven road outings.
"I wasn't as sharp as I'd have liked," Hutchison said. "I threw too many pitches. I would have liked to get a little deeper into the game. But I was able to make big pitches when I needed to."
Pillar went 3 for 4 with two RBI as the Blue Jays, whose 11-game winning streak ended with Monday's 11-inning loss to the Mets at Citi Field, won the opener of a five-game homestand. Toronto is 12-3 in June.
The Blue Jays lead the majors with 369 runs. Entering play Wednesday, Arizona was second with 291.
The Mets dropped to 10-20 on the road. They've lost 12 of 15 away from home.
"We've got to start playing better on the road," manager Terry Collins said. "We've got to start winning some games."
Pillar made it 3-0 with a first-pitch homer off Niese in the seventh.
Niese, who allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, has not won in seven starts. Even so, Collins was impressed by what Niese did against the Blue Jays, who came in batting .313 against lefties.
"That might be the best lineup against left-handed pitching that there is in the game," Collins said. "To give us seven solid innings and keep us in the game, he pitched absolutely outstanding."
Toronto put the game away with a five-run eighth against Akeel Morris, who was making his major league debut after getting called up Monday directly from Class A St. Lucie. Ezequiel Carrera's bunt single brought home a run, Russell Martin hit an RBI single and Valencia followed with a three-run drive to left.
MORRIS MOVES ON
Following the game, the Mets optioned Morris to Double-A Binghamton and selected RHP Logan Verrett from Triple-A Las Vegas. "It didn't go the way I drew it up," Morris said of his difficult debut. "You shake it off and get back at it next time."
Mets: 2B Daniel Murphy (left quadriceps) went 1 for 3 in an extended spring game. Murphy is expected to play rehab games at Double-A or Triple-A before being activated ahead of next Tuesday's game at Milwaukee.
Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (left shoulder) will join Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. Travis has played the past three games at Double-A New Hampshire after sitting out more than two weeks with lingering soreness. Gibbons said Travis could rejoin the team this weekend.
Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (9-4, 4.41 ERA) seeks to join Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole and become the second NL pitcher with double digit wins. Colon is 10-5 with a 4.02 ERA in 25 career starts against Toronto.
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