De Aza homers for O's in Wright's spring debut

De Aza homers for O's in Wright's spring debut

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Chris Colabello homered and Ryan Goins added an RBI triple to lead the Blue Jays to a 5-4 victory over the Orioles on Friday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Field.

After the game was delayed approximately one hour and 40 minutes because of rain, Colabello put the Blue Jays on the board with a two-run homer to right field. Toronto added to that lead in the third when Caleb Gindl was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Baltimore evened the score in the fifth when Blue Jays right-hander Liam Hendriks got into some trouble. Ryan Flaherty had an RBI single and Alejandro De Aza added a two-run shot to right field for his first hit in three games. Both teams added another run in the sixth and the game remained tied until Orioles right-hander Steve Johnson's throwing error in the eighth gave Toronto the lead.

R.A. Dickey got the start for Toronto and pitched a pair of scoreless innings with a very effective knuckleball. He struck out the side in the first inning, and retired all three batters he faced in the second. Right-hander Drew Hutchison came on in relief, tossing another two scoreless innings with one walk.

"Sometimes it's not about anything other than throwing a good knuckleball; it doesn't matter the conditions, it doesn't matter the humidity," Dickey explained. "Sometimes it just feels good in your hand and you're able to throw it without rotation, and it moves all over the place. Today was one of those days. I had a good feel of it in my hand. I was throwing it for strikes, and outside of the four-pitch walk to [Chris] Parmelee, it was moving quite a bit. Even the Parmelee walk, the movement was nice, so it's a good start and I'm going to build off that."

Orioles prospect Mike Wright, making his first career Major League Spring Training start, allowed two runs over two innings, both of which came on Colabello's home run.

"I feel a lot better than I did last year," Wright said. "I definitely came in a lot more confident, and I'm still very confident. I lost control of one pitch [to Colabello], and it opened up one side of the plate. The effects were what they were."

Wright said the game's delay didn't affect him and he wasn't nervous to make the spring start.

"No, it's just another game, pitching against the same players I've pitched against the last two years here," he said. "I felt pretty good."

Up next for the Orioles: The Orioles will send right-hander Bud Norris to the mound for his first spring start on Saturday against Boston at Ed Smith Stadium. The 1 p.m. game, broadcast on Gameday Audio will feature Red Sox righty Steve Wright, with former Orioles top pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez slated to make the trip as well.

Gregor Chisholm has been covering the Blue Jays for since 2011.

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