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Burnett struggles in loss to Astros

Burnett struggles in loss to Astros

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ASTROS 4, BLUE JAYS 3
at Kissimmee, Fla.
Sunday, March 18

Blue Jays at the plate: Reed Johnson recorded Toronto's first hit with a double in the sixth frame off Roy Oswalt. Jason Smith's groundout drove in Ray Olmedo on the next play. Dan Wheeler yielded a bloop single to Alex Rios, driving in Johnson.

Astros at the plate: Brad Ausmus was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Carlos Lee recorded a two-run single in the fifth inning.

Blue Jays on the mound: Right-hander A.J. Burnett allowed four runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. He didn't allow a hit until the third inning, when Ausmus singled up the middle. Burnett threw 81 pitcheds, 48 for strikes.

Astros on the mound: Oswalt threw five no-hit frames before allowing a ground-rule double to Johnson with one out in the sixth, the only hit the right-hander allowed. Oswalt yielded three runs, hit two batters and walked one. He threw 71 pitches, 48 for strikes.

Grapefruit League records: Astros 10-6-1; Blue Jays 6-9.

Up next: The Blue Jays will host the Yankees in Dunedin on Monday for a 1:05 p.m. ET matchup. Right-hander Tomo Ohka is scheduled to start for Toronto, his third start of the spring.

The Astros will play the Marlins in Jupiter on Monday, also at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Fernando Nieve will start for Houston, while Florida sends left-hander Luke Olsen to the mound.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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