Lawrie, Nanita homer as Blue Jays beat Rays 5-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm •  Published: March 1, 2013
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DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Mark Buehrle works quickly.

"Very few guys do it, but the guys that do it, they have success," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Good or bad, it's over fast."

Making his second start of spring training, Buehrle allowed one run and three hits in two innings Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4. Buehrle struck out two and walked two, finishing by retiring Sean Rodriguez on a flyout to escape a bases-loaded jam.

"I know it's spring training and results don't matter as much, but I still like to get outs," Buehrle said. "I don't like getting hit around, giving up runs. It was a pride factor."

Buehrle wasn't proud to have walked Desmond Jennings twice. He did joke about his strikeouts of Rodriguez and Tim Beckham.

"A couple of guys thought they were changeups," he said. "No. That was my fastball.'"

Jennings singled in his only other plate appearance in the fifth, then stole two bases and scored his second run on Sean Rodriguez's sacrifice fly. Shelley Duncan then tied the score at 3 with a solo homer.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi struck out two in the first, including Jose Bautista after third baseman Chris Gimenez failed to locate his foul popup near the line.

Toronto took a 3-1 lead in the second on a two-run homer by Brett Lawrie and a solo shot by Ricardo Nanita.

Loser Mike Montgomery allowed two runs, three hits and a walk in the sixth, giving up RBI singles to Andy LaRoche and Adam Loewen



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