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DUNEDIN, Fla. — David Buchanan kept up his bid for a major league roster spot. striking two over two perfect innings Monday in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 6-3, rain-shortened win over the Toronto Blue Jays.


The game was called with one out in the top of the eighth.


Buchanan pitched for Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley last year, and remains in the mix for a bullpen berth.


Philadelphia loaded the bases in the second against Brandon Morrow, scoring on RBI grounders by Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp, then made it 4-0 in the fourth on Tony Gwynn Jr.’s sacrifice fly and Ben Revere’s run-scoring single.


Morrow gave up four runs, five hits and three walks in five innings.


Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen, slowed by right shoulder soreness, allowed two hits during a scoreless seventh in his first big league exhibition game this year. He pitched in the minors Friday.


Mets 5, Cardinals 3


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed one run over six innings in his bid to become the Mets’ fifth starter, helping New York beat the St. Louis Cardinals.


Competing with Jenrry Mejia, Dice-K allowed three runs and three walks, striking out five. Matsuzaka hit Stephen Piscotty on the back of the helmet with a changeup opening the seventh and was replaced by Vic Black.


Daniel Murphy went 2 for 3, including a two-run double in the third off Shelby Miller.


Nationals 4, Marlins 1


JUPITER, Fla. — Nate McLouth hit an RBI double in the first inning and his second spring-training home run in the sixth, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins.


In a game played in constant drizzle, Nationals starter Taylor Jordan allowed one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.


Miami starter Tom Koehler gave up two runs and give hits in six innings.


Washington swept its four spring-training games against the Marlins.


Rangers 6, Athletics 2


SURPRISE, Ariz. — Mitch Moreland returned to the Texas lineup from a side injury and singled home two runs during a five-run sixth as the Rangers defeated the Oakland Athletics.


Moreland had two hits and drew a walk. He had not played since straining his left oblique March 18.


Indians 8, Reds 3


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Ryan Raburn played the field for the first time since running into an outfield wall and also homered as the Cleveland Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds.


Raburn doubled while driving in three runs. He made a nice play at first base, too, on a low liner by Brayan Pena.


Rockies 8, Royals 2


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Troy Tulowitzki homered, Franklin Morales struck out seven over five innings in a strong audition for a spot in the Colorado rotation and the Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals.


Tulowitzki wrapped his third homer of spring training around the left field foul pole off former Rockies teammate Jeremy Guthrie in the second. He finished 1 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and is hitting .160.


White Sox 7, Mariners 6


PEORIA, Ariz. — Paul Konerko and Marcus Semien homered for the Chicago White Sox, who overcame Robinson Cano’s four RBIs in a win over the Seattle Mariners.


Cano went 2 for 4 with a three-run double in the seventh. After bolting the Yankees for a $240 million, 10-year contract with Seattle, the All-Star second baseman is batting .465 this spring.


Angels 11, Giants 4


TEMPE, Ariz. — Tyler Skaggs pitched into the sixth inning to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the San Francisco Giants.


Josh Hamilton had two hits and Chris Iannetta hit his third spring homer for Los Angeles.


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