Lilly strong in Jays loss

Lilly strong in Jays loss

at Sarasota, Fla.
Monday, March 20

Blue Jays at the plate: Reed Johnson knocked in a pair of runs with a double and a single.

Reds at the plate: Rich Aurilia extended his hitting streak to four games with an RBI double in the fifth inning. Brian Buchanan's single scored Ryan Freel and Chris Denorfia with the tying and winning runs in the ninth.

Blue Jays on the mound: Left-hander Ted Lilly made his fourth Grapefruit League start and did not allow a run in five innings. Right-hander Justin Speier worked one inning, gave up three hits and one earned run. Left-hander Brian Tallet also pitched a scoreless frame. Lee Gronkiewicz allowed the game-winning base hit by Buchanan in the ninth.

Reds on the mound: David Weathers started and worked two innings for the Reds. The right-hander gave up two runs, though only one of them was earned. Right-handers Ryan Wagner and Jason Standridge also worked for the Reds. Both pitched scoreless innings. Mike Burns pitched two scoreless innings. Jake Robbins worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth to not allow a run.

Grapefruit League records: Blue Jays 6-15; Reds 12-9

Up next: The Reds meet the Indians in a home game on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Left-hander Brandon Claussen (2-0, 2.45 ERA) will start for the Reds. He will face Indians left-hander Cliff Lee (1-1, 6.92).

The Blue Jays are off Tuesday and return to action on Wednesday against the Devil Rays at 7:05 p.m. in Dunedin, Fla. Left-hander Gustavo Chacin will start.

Justice B. Hill is a senior writer for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.