SARASOTA, Fla. — After averaging eight runs a game over their past eight Grapefruit League contests, the Orioles' bats were much quieter in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen became the second Orioles starter to reach the five-inning mark this spring, allowing two runs – one earned – on four hits over five innings. He struck out one and walked one.
He allowed an unearned run in the first inning after third baseman Manny Machado was charged with a fielding error when Danny Valencia's grounder skipped past his glove. Chen also allowed a solo homer to former Oriole Steve Tolleson in the third inning. Both runs off Chen came with two outs.
Right-handed reliever Ryan Webb allowed a two-run homer to Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar in the sixth inning. Webb, making his second spring outing after missing two weeks with left knee swelling, has allowed three runs over four spring innings.
Left-hander Brian Matusz retired the Blue Jays in order in the seventh, striking out the final two batters – Ryan Goins and Devon Travis – he faced.
Matusz, who has been the subject of trade rumors this spring, has allowed just one run over 11 1/3 spring innings and has recorded 12 strikeouts with no walks.
Blue Jays starter Daniel Norris allowed just one run over six innings, yielding just four base runners (three hits, one hit batter) while striking out seven and walking none.
Nolan Reimold reached in all three of his plate appearances, legging out two infield singles and also reaching when he was hit by a pitch in his first time up.