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Published September 12, 2015
Drew Hutchison matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings, Dioner Navarro had two hits and two RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep with an 11-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
Hutchison (10-11) allowed one run and four hits in his second career 10-strikeout game — both this season. He also did it against Milwaukee on July 1.
Jorge Soler's seventh-inning homer provided the only run for the Cubs, who matched a season-worst with their sixth straight loss. At 64-82, they are ensured of a fifth straight losing season. It is the first time they have had five consecutive seasons below .500 since six straight from 1978-83.
Chicago has been outscored 48-10 during its losing streak.
Jose Bautista went 0 for 2 with two walks, snapping his hitting streak at 13 games, but the Blue Jays improved to 7-2 in September.
Javier Baez drew a one-out walk in the first and had rounded third on Luis Valbuena's double when he saw the stop sign from third base coach Gary Jones. Baez tried to retreat but was thrown out at third by Navarro.
Chicago didn't get another runner until Chris Coghlan's two-out double in the sixth snapped a streak of 15 consecutive outs.
Leading 1-0 on Anthony Gose's sacrifice fly, Toronto chased right-hander Kyle Hendricks with a three-run sixth. Hendricks (6-2) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings to lose for the first time since July 27 against St. Louis.
The Blue Jays added five more in the seventh against a trio of relievers, and Canadian rookie Dalton Pompey made it 10-1 with a groundout in the eighth, his first career RBI.
Cubs: 1B Anthony Rizzo (back) took batting practice on the field for the first time since being injured on Aug. 26. He homered into the center field seats on his final swing.
Blue Jays: Navarro took a foul tip off the top of his left knee in the sixth. He was attended to by the trainer but remained in the game.
Cubs: Chicago is off Thursday before opening a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Friday, with LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2) facing Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (8-5). Wada faced Pittsburgh in his most recent start, Sept. 5 at Wrigley Field, but left after 3 1-3 innings with a sore left calf.
Blue Jays: Toronto is off Thursday before opening a three-game series against Tampa Bay on Friday. Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (9-9) will face Rays RHP Nathan Karns (season debut). Happ will be making his first start against the Rays this season.