Donaldson's dinger backs Buehrle's stingy start

Blue Jays slugger hits No. 4 of spring; lefty allows one run over five innings

Donaldson's dinger backs Buehrle's stingy start

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez tossed six strong innings, while Jimmy Paredes, Dariel Alvarez and Chris Parmelee (three) each had multiple hits in the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Baltimore opened the scoring in the top of the third inning on back-to-back doubles by Everth Cabrera and Paredes. That was the only damage against Blue Jays veteran lefty Mark Buehrle, who scattered seven hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out four over five innings.

"The beginning wasn't as strong and sharp as I wanted to," Buehrle said after the game. "I just feel like I got stronger as the game went along. I don't know why, it's just one of those days. Third inning, I didn't miss too many bats, they were putting the ball in play pretty hard and guys diving all over and making some plays. Overall, it was good, I got up to the 90 pitch count area. I would have liked it to be more like six or seven innings, but that's the way it goes."

Buehrle strikes out Reimold

Toronto evened the score in the bottom half of the fourth, when Josh Donaldson connected on his fourth home run of the spring. The solo shot came against Jimenez, who pitched out of a couple of jams.

Jimenez, who appears to have a secure spot in Baltimore's rotation, allowed five hits and struck out three over six innings of work. Jimenez has now surrendered 12 earned runs over 22 1/3 innings with seven walks and 19 strikeouts in six starts this spring.

Baltimore took the lead in the top of the eighth inning with two runs off Blue Jays left-hander Jeff Francis. Delmon Young and Alvarez sparked the rally with a pair of one-out singles, and Rey Navarro followed with a two-run single.

Dayan Viciedo added an RBI single for the Blue Jays in the bottom of the frame, but Justin Smoak was thrown out at home on the play on a throw from first baseman Parmelee, who homered in the ninth to get the run back for the Orioles.

Viciedo's RBI single

Everyone in the Orioles' starting lineup had at least one hit with the exception of infielder Jayson Nix and shortstop Paul Janish. Rookie Devon Travis had another two-hit game for the Blue Jays and is now hitting .352 this spring.

Up next: The Blue Jays will travel to Kissimmee, Fla., on Monday for a rare Spring Training night game against the Astros. Left-hander Daniel Norris will make his sixth start of the spring, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET. The game can be heard via an exclusive webcast on Norris likely will start Game 3 of the season for Toronto and has allowed five earned runs in 18 2/3 innings this spring. Left-hander Brett Cecil, lefty Colt Hynes and right-hander Liam Hendriks also are expected to pitch for Toronto.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.