DUNEDIN, Fla. — Josh Johnson allowed one run over three innings, Maicer Izturis had five RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays routed the New York Yankees 17-5 on Thursday.
Johnson, coming off a start last Friday in which he retired all 11 batters he faced, gave up two hits and struck out five. The right-hander is part of a revamped Toronto rotation that includes other offseason additions R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle.
The biggest challenge Johnson faced was sitting in the dugout for long stretches during a pair of big Toronto innings on a windy day with a game time temperature near 60.
Melky Cabrera drove in four runs for the Blue Jays, who lead 15-1 after two innings.
Phillies 2, Pirates 1
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Pete Orr hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Orr, a veteran utilityman, connected off former Phillies left-hander Mike Zagurski, hitting a long drive to right.
Phillies starter Aaron Cook tossed three one-hit innings. Cook, who has made one relief appearance since 2003, is trying to make the roster as a long man in the bullpen.
Pirates starter Kyle McPherson threw five scoreless innings, allowing four hits. McPherson, who is competing for the fifth spot in Pittsburgh’s rotation, helped his chances after two rough outings.
Tigers 9, Mets 1
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Dillon Gee struggled with his command, giving up six runs in the New York Mets’ 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
Gee allowed three hits, four walks and hit two batters in two innings. He also threw three wild pitches. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run single in his first spring training game back since leaving to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. He homered in one at-bat for the Tigers in an exhibition against Florida Southern on Wednesday.
Cardinals 5, Braves 4
JUPITER, Fla. — Joe Kelly allowed three hits and one run in four solid innings to strengthen his claim on the fifth spot in the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation in a win over the Atlanta Braves.
Matt Adams broke a 4-all tie with a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Kelly has had an impressive spring training. He has allowed just five hits and two earned runs in eight innings over three starts. Shelby Miller, his main competition for the last rotation spot, allowed six hits and three earned runs in 2 2-3 innings.
Nationals 6, Astros 3
VIERA, Fla. — Jayson Werth misplayed a fly ball for a three-base error in the top of the first inning then connected for his first home run of spring training in the bottom half and Micah Owings hit a grand slam to lead the Washington Nationals past the Houston Astros.
Werth connected on a fastball from Alex White.
Rays 4, Orioles 3
SARASOTA, Fla. — Bidding for the fifth starter’s job, Jeff Niemann allowed one run in 4 1-3 innings as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles.
Niemann, who’s allowed three runs in 12 2-3 innings this spring left with a runner on. Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Juan Sandoval to tie it at 3.
In his first start for Baltimore, Kevin Gausman, the Orioles first pick in the 2012 draft, allowed two runs in 2 2-3 innings. Luke Scott gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead with a two-run home run.
The winning run scored on catcher Luis Exposito’s error.
Red Sox 7, Twins 3
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Pelfrey gave up five runs in two innings as he tries to accelerate his return from Tommy John surgery, and the Minnesota Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox.
Pelfrey had the elbow-reconstruction operation May 1 while with the Mets last season. Typical recuperation takes about year but he has pushed his rehab to be ready for opening day. He allowed six hits in his fourth start of spring training.
New Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster struck out three and gave up one run — a homer — and three hits in four innings. He struck out three and walked two, finishing his fourth spring appearance with a 2.13 ERA.
Angels 12, White Sox 4
TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike Trout homered and scored three runs, Howie Kendrick and Albert Pujols each had two hits and the Los Angeles Angels roughed up John Danks in a win over the Chicago White Sox.
Danks gave up seven hits and six runs in 3 1-3 innings. Trout hit his first home run of spring training leading off the bottom of the first.
Angels left-hander Jason Vargas, in his third spring start, worked 4 2-3 innings and allowed a run and two hits with five strikeouts.
Cubs 8, Dodgers 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Catcher Welington Castillo hit a two-run triple off Chris Capuano in the first inning, leading the Chicago Cubs to a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch.
Cubs’ left-hander Chris Rusin threw five innings of one-hit ball, a single by shortstop Alfredo Amezaga in the third. Rusin, who made seven starts for the Cubs after spending most of 2012 with Triple-A Iowa, has had an impressive spring. In four appearances, two as a reliever and two as a starter, he has allowed only one run and eight hits in 13 innings.
Royals 5, Indians 3
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Adam Moore hit two of the Kansas City Royals’ seven doubles and drove in two runs in a victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Moore, bidding for a job as backup catcher, had three hits as the designated hitter.
Starting catcher Salvador Perez had two hits, including a double. Mike Moustakas, David Lough, Johnny Giavotella and Chris Getz all had doubles.
Zach McAllister pitched 3 1-3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, a walk and two hit batters. Terry Francona told McAllister that he earned the fourth spot in the Cleveland rotation on Sunday.
Mariners 8, Reds 7
PEORIA, Ariz. — Michael Morse homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Seattle Mariners back from a six-run deficit for a win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Morse doubled and scored in the second inning, hit his first two-run shot in the fourth off Reds starter Homer Bailey and connected for his second two-run shot in the fifth off reliever Clay Hensley. Morse is 11-for-31 in spring training and leads the team in home runs with five.
Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak added two hits and an RBI each for Seattle, which snapped a four-game losing streak.