DUNEDIN, FLA. — The Orioles rallied from an early three-run deficit on Friday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, but still lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-4, in a game that was delayed 100 minutes by rain.
When the clouds relented, Jays pitchers held the Orioles hitless for four innings and jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Ryan Flaherty broke through with an RBI single in the fifth and Alejandro De Aza followed with a two-run homer.
The Orioles took the lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Henry Urrutia, but the Jays scored in the bottom of the inning on an RBI triple by Ryan Goins. The game-winning run scored in the eighth on a throwing error by Orioles reliever Steve Johnson.
Right-hander Mike Wright started for the Orioles and gave up two runs on four hits over two innings, but was happy to get a spot start before the club settles into a regular five-man rotation.
"It was good to get out there,'' Wright said. "My second inning, I started to find the command of my two-seam. It was good to go out there and pitch and then sit down and go out there for another inning. It's definitely something I have to work on, to find it a little quicker."
Rule 5 draftee Logan Verrett made his first exhibition appearance and struck out three batters in the sixth inning, but allowed an infield hit and the game-tying triple to Goins. Verrett also pitched a scoreless seventh.