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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Zach Britton was hoping to make the Baltimore Orioles' starting staff. Despite an awful outing on Wednesday, he still is.
Britton allowed five runs and seven hits in 1 2-3 innings in the Orioles' 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Competing with Jake Arrieta, Steve Johnson and Brian Matusz and perhaps others for the No. 5 spot, Britton took a huge step back as his spring ERA fell to 6.10. He's coming off a season in which he won only five games, having been Baltimore's top winner in 2011.
"I don't think stats are everything they are looking at. Obviously you don't want to have a game like this at all, whether it's the season or spring training," he said.
"But I think there's other stuff they are looking at. I feel healthy, my stuff has been pretty good. Obviously the results today weren't very good. But the velocity has been pretty good, movement on pitches has been pretty good," Britton said.
After Britton left with a 5-0 deficit, Baltimore's bats got busy in the bottom of the second when they hit three solo home runs. They added two more plus an RBI single by Brian Roberts.
Nolan Reimold, who hadn't played in the field since March 1 due to a sore right shoulder, played left and hit two of the five solo shots.
"It's always fun when you have a good day. I felt a lot better than before," Reimold said.
Reimold hasn't played a regular season game since last April 30 because of a herniated disk in his neck. He thinks he'll be ready to start the season.
"Definitely. We've got two more weeks. I already feel pretty good. Progressing and getting better with every game. I'll be all right," Reimold said.
Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Nate McLouth also homered.
Jeremy Jeffress, who's trying to make Toronto as a reliever, started and allowed three home runs in the second.
"They have a very big jet stream here. Some of the hits were off the end of the bat. They put a pretty good swing on some of the hits," Jeffress said.
"I feel great about the whole work - what I did today."
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wasn't quite as pleased with Jeffress' work.
"He scuffled, I mean they whacked him around pretty good," Gibbons said.
"He's in the mix. Overall he's had a good spring. He struggled today so we look for him to have a good one next time out."
Guillermo Moscoso, claimed on waivers from Kansas City last Saturday, made his first appearance for Toronto and allowed three runs on five hits in the third - his only inning.
"They didn't miss many today," Gibbons said.
"The ball was flying today. I mean they hit, what, five home runs? They usually say solo home runs don't beat you."
Emilio Bonifacio and J.P. Arencibia each had three hits for Toronto. Bonifacio had a two-run homer.
NOTES: Roberts fouled a ball off his right ankle, but said he was fine after leaving the game. He's batting .361 this spring. ... Orioles CF Adam Jones played in his first game since returning from the World Baseball Classic. He went 0 for 2 and is batting .077. ... Baltimore optioned C Luis Exposito to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigned RHP Adam Russell and LHP Daniel Schlereth to minor league camp. They have 45 players on their roster. ... Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie who's been out with a strained rib, played catch at camp in Dunedin, Fla. for the first time since being injured. He expects to be ready for Opening Day. ... Toronto LHP Ricky Romero will try out his new delivery in a minor league game on Thursday.
|Players of the Game|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Anthony Gose, CF||1||1||0||0||2||1||2||.308|
|Kevin Pillar, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.143|
|Emilio Bonifacio, 2B||4||2||3||2||0||0||0||.326|
|Jim Negrych, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.417|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||2||1||1||0||1||0||2||.356|
|Ryan Schimpf, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.125|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||4||0||3||3||0||1||0||.435|
|Mike Nickeas, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.233|
|Adam Lind, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.400|
|a- Eugenio Velez, PH-DH||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.261|
|Mark DeRosa, 3B||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.429|
|Mike McCoy, 3B-RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.154|
|Andy LaRoche, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.244|
|Ryan Langerhans, RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.270|
|Peter Mooney, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Maicer Izturis, SS||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.225|
|Lance Zawadzki, SS-3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.290|
|a-grounded into a double play for Lind in the 6th|
|2B - J.P. Arencibia 2 (3, Britton, Britton), Maicer Izturis (3, Britton), Lance Zawadzki (2, McFarland)|
|HR - Emilio Bonifacio (2, Britton)|
|SH - Anthony Gose (1)|
|RBI - Emilio Bonifacio 2 (6), J.P. Arencibia 3 (5)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Guillermo Moscoso (BS,1; L,0-2)||1||5||3||3||0||1||2||12.00|
|HBP - Jones (by Jeremy Jeffress)|
|WP - Jeremy Jeffress (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Jeffress 27-15, Guillermo Moscoso 15-11, Mickey Storey 10-10, Dave Bush 22-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Jeffress 1-3, Guillermo Moscoso 2-0, Mickey Storey 3-1, Dave Bush 4-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Jeffress 13, Guillermo Moscoso 8, Mickey Storey 6, Dave Bush 12|
|Nate McLouth, RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.235|
|Yamaico Navarro, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.296|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||3||0||2||1||1||1||0||.361|
|Chris Robinson, C||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Adam Jones, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.077|
|Chris Dickerson, CF||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.321|
|Matt Wieters, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.462|
|Conor Jackson, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.368|
|Chris Davis, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.324|
|Travis Ishikawa, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.172|
|J.J. Hardy, DH||4||1||1||1||0||2||1||.103|
|Nolan Reimold, LF||4||2||3||2||0||1||0||.258|
|Steve Pearce, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.379|
|Manny Machado, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.242|
|Russ Canzler, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Alexi Casilla, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Ryan Flaherty, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|2B - Brian Roberts (3, Jeffress)|
|HR - Nate McLouth (1, Jeffress), Chris Davis (2, Moscoso), J.J. Hardy (2, Jeffress), Nolan Reimold 2 (4, Jeffress, Moscoso)|
|RBI - Nate McLouth (5), Brian Roberts (4), Chris Davis (3), J.J. Hardy (3), Nolan Reimold 2 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nate McLouth (3), Brian Roberts (2)|
|SB - Nate McLouth (3, 2nd base off Moscoso/Arencibia)|
|CS - Chris Dickerson (1, 2nd base by Bush/Nickeas)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - B. Roberts-Casilla-Davis|
|E - Manny Machado (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Zech Zinicola (W,1-0)||1.1||1||0||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Darren O'Day (H,2)||2||0||0||0||1||4||0||0.00|
|Jim Johnson (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|T.J. McFarland (S,1)||3||1||0||0||0||2||0||3.09|
|HBP - LaRoche (by Darren O'Day)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zach Britton 22-14, Zech Zinicola 13-5, Darren O'Day 20-15, Jim Johnson 5-5, T.J. McFarland 14-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Britton 4-0, Zech Zinicola 2-2, Darren O'Day 1-2, Jim Johnson 1-0, T.J. McFarland 4-3|
|Batters Faced - Zach Britton 14, Zech Zinicola 7, Darren O'Day 9, Jim Johnson 3, T.J. McFarland 10|
|Attendance - 7412|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Paul Emmel|