Blue Jays 10, Pirates 6
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) _ Rookie outfielder Junior Felix hit two doubles and a triple and Tom Lawless drove in three runs, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-6 exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
George Bell and Ernie Whitt also had three hits apiece and Lawless added two for Toronto which had a total of 19, including 10 for extra bases, against five pitchers.
Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Glenn Wilson’s solo home run, his third of the spring, off starter John Cerutti.
It was the only run Cerutti, 2-0, allowed. He also gave up three hits in four innings of work.
Toronto took the lead, 2-1, in the fourth when Lawless hit a two-run single off starter Bill Krueger, 0-1. Krueger went four innings and gave up six hits and two runs.
In the fifth, Toronto made it 3-1 on back-to-back triples by Felix and Kelly Gruber off reliever Scott Medvin.
The Blue Jays then scored six runs off Brett Gideon in the eighth inning to extend their lead to 9-1. Lawless hit a sacrifice fly, Tim Tolman and Kevin Batiste had run-scoring triples, Felix and Rob Ducey drove in runs with doubles and Whitt added an RBI-single.
Pittsburgh came back with five runs in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Duane Ward to close within 9-6. Felix Fermin scored a run with a single before Bobby Bonilla hit a three-run homer, his second. Mike LaValliere also added a run-scoring single.
Toronto added another run in the ninth on a forceout grounder by Felix against Dorn Taylor.
Fermin had three of the Pirates’ 10 hits.