Gonzalez finishes strong in loss to Blue Jays

Right-hander fans one over three innings; Pearce adds RBI single

Gonzalez finishes strong in loss to Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Backed by a strong start from Drew Hutchison, Toronto topped Baltimore, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.

Hutchison cruised through four shutout innings and has held the Orioles scoreless through six Grapefruit League innings total. He used just 39 pitches, allowing two hits with two strikeouts in the fine effort.

"I was able to get a good rhythm and had a good sinker today," Hutchison said. "I was focusing on that, and I was able to get some ground balls."

The Blue Jays backed him with a pair of early runs on Justin Smoak's RBI groundout and Kevin Pillar's double to left off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez in the first inning. Toronto added a run off O's reliever Wesley Wright in the fifth on a pair of doubles from Josh Thole and Munenori Kawasaki.

Gonzalez went three innings in his second spring start, allowing just the pair of first-inning runs and striking out one.

"Obviously, the first inning, I was up," Gonzalez said. "Just falling, falling early, rushing a little bit. I had time to work on it on my side, and I'll just go from there. Hopefully, next time it will be a little better. It wasn't that bad. A couple of hits in the first inning, got some runs."

The O's got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning, loading the bases on J.J. Hardy's single, Chris Davis' walk and Adam Jones' base hit to left off reliever Chad Jenkins. Matt Wieters grounded into a double play -- one of five double plays turned by Toronto in the game -- to score a run and Steve Pearce lined a ball into center field to close the gap to one.

Chris Dickerson and Chris Colabello added RBIs in the ninth for Toronto.

Up next: Baltimore will travel to Jupiter, Fla., on Thursday for the only time this spring, with right-hander Bud Norris getting the ball against the Cardinals. St. Louis will start lefty Jaime Garcia. Fans can watch that game on MLB.TV at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.