Morrow hit hard as Blue Jays lose to Braves 10-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm •  Published: March 23, 2013
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DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Morrow wasn't concerned about one tough inning.

Morrow allowed four of his five runs in the fifth inning Saturday during the Toronto Blue Jays' 10-5 loss to an Atlanta Braves spilt squad.

Morrow wound up giving up eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He has allowed 15 runs over 15 innings in five starts.

"I was cruising, and a hiccup there getting out of the fifth," Morrow said. "They hit some good pitches. Guys got their hands in on some inside fastballs, which were well located. They kind of singled me to death."

Reed Johnson had a two-run single, the Braves' fourth consecutive hit off Morrow with two outs in the fifth, that pulled Atlanta to 4-3. After the tying run scored on Morrow's wild pitch, Justin Upton hit a run-scoring infield single for a 5-4 lead.

"Good, except for that one inning," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "Looked like he ran out of gas a little bit."

In all, six straight Braves reached — on five singles and a walk — in the fifth, after Morrow had retired nine in a row.

Minor league callup Edward Salcedo hit an eighth-inning solo homer and had a three-run drive in the ninth for the Braves. It was his first two at-bats in a major league spring training game.

Rajai Davis, Melky Cabrera and J.P. Arencibia all hit solo homers off Sean Gilmartin, who gave up five runs and 10 hits in five innings.

"You can't leave the ball over the plate and up," Gilmartin said. "They're going to be a tough team to beat in the AL East."

Toronto closer Casey Janssen was feeling some body soreness, a day after striking out two during a scoreless inning against Boston. He is scheduled to pitch again Monday against Philadelphia.

Gibbons expects Janssen to be ready for opening day. The right-hander, who finished with 22 saves last season, had surgery in November to address lingering shoulder soreness.

"I think we're working towards that, and I think that's everybody's hope," Janssen said. "We're taking it outing by outing, day by day. See how it goes Monday. It's not doubt. I don't want to give false hope. I'm probably more than a little on the conservative side."

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