Three-run third lifts Blue Jays past Orioles

Three-run third lifts Blue Jays past Orioles

BLUE JAYS 4, ORIOLES 1
at Sarasota, Fla.
Wednesday, March 17

Blue Jays at the plate: Alex Gonzalez singled with one out in the third inning, scoring on Jeremy Reed's hit to right fielder Nick Markakis, who let the ball get by him. Brian Dopirak added a sacrifice fly in the three-run third, while Travis Snider blasted an opposite-field home run off Orioles reliever Kam Mickolio in the fifth.

Orioles at the plate: Baltimore's bats were noticeably absent on Wednesday afternoon, with Cesar Izturis' first-inning single as the club's only highlight.

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Blue Jays on the mound: Brian Tallet, the front-runner for Toronto's fifth-starter job, was on cruise control for most of the afternoon. After allowing a leadoff single, the lefty retired 12 straight Orioles, picking up three strikeouts over four scoreless innings. Shawn Camp tossed a scoreless fifth.

Orioles on the mound: Jason Berken, vying to make the team as a fifth starter or out of the bullpen, struggled in his first start. He allowed three earned runs on six hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. Mickolio followed Berken and didn't fare much better, yielding a run on two hits and three walks over two innings of work.

Worth noting: Wednesday's game marked the first time Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has made back-to-back starts this season. Reimold, who served as designated hitter Tuesday and Wednesday, has been slowed by surgery on his left Achilles tendon that ended his season last September. Reimold went 0-for-3 on Wednesday and is hitless in six games this spring.

Grapefruit League records: Blue Jays 7-5; Orioles 5-9

Up next: The Orioles and Blue Jays will face off again Thursday, this time in Dunedin, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. ET matchup. Toronto will send lefty Ricky Romero to the hill, where he will be opposed by Baltimore right-hander Jeremy Guthrie. Matt Albers and Alberto Castillo are also expected to pitch for the Orioles.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.