He, Daniel Norris, and Marcus Stroman give the Blue Jays plenty of reasons for optimism in their future rotation.

Buerhle has been Toronto’s best pitcher(10-5, 3.34 ERA) and becomes a free agent at the end of this season. The Blue Jays scored five times in the fifth as Donaldson and Justin Smoak went deep in Friday’s 6-2 win.

Both homers came in a five-run fifth, the ML-leading 36th time this season the Blue Jays have scored four or more in a single inning. He allowed six hits, including two home runs, five walks and six runs.

Right-fielder Grady Sizemore homered for the Rays.

It all ended well for the Jays before a crowd of almost 33,000.

The 24-year-old Hutchison continued his mastery at the Rogers Centre, balanced against his abysmal numbers on the road.

Hutchison (9-2), who took a 2.12 earned-run average into the game after his first eight starts at home, allowed five hits, two walks and two runs in six innings. 500 and only 4.5 games behind the Yankees. Smoak took third on a single by catcher Russell Martin.

Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who sat out Tuesday’s All-Star game to get treatment on his sore right shoulder, returned to right field.

Guerrero said he learned much from his father, but more from his uncle and primary coach, Wilton Guerrero, who played for four big-league teams, including the Expos.

“We’ve just got to avoid the mistakes and quit beating ourselves by giving teams additional chances”, Bautista analyzed. I just couldn’t find a good release point early. “With this offence, we feel it’s just a matter of time before we start bunching some runs together”.

Right-hander Bo Schultz pitched two innings after replacing Hutchison and right-hander Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth.

The organization’s starry present and its bright future were on display during batting practice. Encarnacion doubled to center, Bautista to third.

“No, no, ‘” Cruz said after listening to Guerrero’s remark on that topic.

Overall, this will be an interesting matchup because it features a strong offensive lineup versus a strong pitching staff. Currently, Toronto leads the Major League Baseball in runs scored (486) and runs batted in (468). Obviously, the main thing was feeling good, and then fastball command was key … my changeup was 88-91 today, so it’s ideal if I wanted my fastball to be around 96 miles per hour. I’m more patient than my dad. If I wasn’t ready to make a start here in Buffalo, I don’t think I would be here.

An oddity to watch for: Born in Montreal in 1999, Vlad Jr. will have the option of playing for either Canada or his native Dominican Republic in future World Baseball Classics. He will not play on any farm team the rest of the year because young players cannot be assigned to a team until the year of their 17th birthday.