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Guthrie struggles as O's fall to Jays

Guthrie struggles as O's fall to Jays

at Dunedin, Fla.
Thursday, March 18

Orioles at the plate: Center fielder Adam Jones belted a solo home run in the third inning. Matt Wieters, who served as the designated hitter on Thursday, added a solo blast of his own against left-hander Dana Eveland in the sixth. Nick Markakis doubled and scored in the first inning to give the O's a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Blue Jays at the plate: Toronto launched six home runs and scored at least once in each of the first five innings against Baltimore. Left fielder Travis Snider and catcher John Buck paced the offense with two home runs apiece while second baseman Aaron Hill and outfielder Chris Lubanski each added solo shots. Snider finished with four RBIs, Buck had three and Hill drove in two in the win.

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Orioles on the mound: Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, who is in line to be the No. 2 starter this year for the Orioles, was pounded for seven runs (six earned) on seven hits over three innings of work. Guthrie surrendered three home runs, issued three walks and finished with no strikeouts in a 75-pitch outing. Righty Koji Uehara exited with a left hamstring injury after retiring one in the fifth inning.

Blue Jays on the mound: Left-hander Ricky Romero -- the leading candidate for the second spot in Toronto's rotation -- turned in a solid five-inning performance on Thursday. Romero, who worked extensively on his curveball during the outing, allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks, finishing with 73 pitches (47 strikes).

Worth noting: Snider's two blasts on Thursday gave him home runs in three consecutive at-bats for the Blue Jays. ... Hill drew his team-leading ninth walk of the spring in the win over Baltimore. ... Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada notched his first RBI of Spring Training in the first inning, driving home Markakis with a single. ... Orioles catcher Craig Tatum left the game in the fifth with a left hand contusion.

Grapefruit League records: Blue Jays 8-5; Orioles 5-10

Up next: On Friday, left-hander Brian Matusz, whose strong spring has him on pace to earn the third spot in Baltimore's rotation, is scheduled to start for the Orioles in a 7:05 p.m. ET tilt against the Phillies at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

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

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