Miguel Gonzalez pitches against the Mets in the Orioles' final game of spring training. (Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports /March 30, 2013)
SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles staked the Toronto Blue Jays to a five-run lead by the second inning Wednesday, but they stormed back with five solo homers and eventually won, 6-5.
Left fielder Nolan Reimold, who was playing in the field for the first time since experiencing shoulder tightness on March 1, had two home runs to lead the offensive barrage.
J.J. Hardy started the second inning against Toronto’s Jeremy Jeffress, who is fighting for a bullpen spot, with his second homer in two games. Reimold homered on the very next pitch, and three batters later Nate McLouth took Jeffress deep.
In the third, Chris Davis and Reimold homered again and Brian Roberts added a RBI single to break a 5-5 tie.
The Orioles rebounded from a start tough by Zach Britton, who allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched. The Orioles improve to 15-6-2 in Grapefruit League action.
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