Braves 10, Blue Jays 5

Brandon Morrow wasn’t concerned about one tough inning.

Morrow allowed four of his five runs in the fifth inning

Saturday during the Toronto Blue Jays’ 10-5 loss to an Atlanta

Braves spilt squad.

Morrow wound up giving up eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He has

allowed 15 runs over 15 innings in five starts.

”I was cruising, and a hiccup there getting out of the fifth,”

Morrow said. ”They hit some good pitches. Guys got their hands in

on some inside fastballs, which were well located. They kind of

singled me to death.”

Reed Johnson had a two-run single, the Braves’ fourth

consecutive hit off Morrow with two outs in the fifth, that pulled

Atlanta to 4-3. After the tying run scored on Morrow’s wild pitch,

Justin Upton hit a run-scoring infield single for a 5-4 lead.

”Good, except for that one inning,” Toronto manager John

Gibbons said. ”Looked like he ran out of gas a little bit.”

In all, six straight Braves reached – on five singles and a walk

– in the fifth, after Morrow had retired nine in a row.

Minor league callup Edward Salcedo hit an eighth-inning solo

homer and had a three-run drive in the ninth for the Braves. It was

his first two at-bats in a major league spring training game.

Rajai Davis, Melky Cabrera and J.P. Arencibia all hit solo

homers off Sean Gilmartin, who gave up five runs and 10 hits in

five innings.

”You can’t leave the ball over the plate and up,” Gilmartin

said. ”They’re going to be a tough team to beat in the AL


Toronto closer Casey Janssen was feeling some body soreness, a

day after striking out two during a scoreless inning against

Boston. He is scheduled to pitch again Monday against


Gibbons expects Janssen to be ready for opening day. The

right-hander, who finished with 22 saves last season, had surgery

in November to address lingering shoulder soreness.

”I think we’re working towards that, and I think that’s

everybody’s hope,” Janssen said. ”We’re taking it outing by

outing, day by day. See how it goes Monday. It’s not doubt. I don’t

want to give false hope. I’m probably more than a little on the

conservative side.”

Gibbons was not ready to say how he plans to use his bullpen in

eighth-inning situations. He didn’t rule out using Sergio Santos,

who would take over the closer’s role if Janssen was not ready to

start to start the season, in key relief situations before the


Santos missed almost all of last season after shoulder


”He’s healthy, but he’s not spotting it real well right now,”

Gibbons said. ”We’ve got to fine-tune him. When that happens,

that’s when he’s really good.”

After Davis homered in the first, Gilmartin induced an

inning-ending, double-play grounder from Adam Lind with the bases

loaded. The left-hander gave up Cabrera’s homer and Maicer Izturis’

two-run single during a three-run third that made it 4-1.

Arencibia’s homer tied it at 5 in the fifth.

B.J. Upton joined his brother Justin, as did fellow Atlanta

outfielder Jason Heyward on the trip. The trio went 3 for 9.

”When you look at our outfield, it’s going to unbelieveable,”

Gilmartin said.

NOTES: Salcedo has not played above Class A in the regular

season. … Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (sore index finger)

could play Monday. … Toronto 3B Brett Lawrie (strained rib) is

fielding grounders and hitting off a tee. He might be able to

return in a few days. … Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle is to pitch in

a minor league game Sunday and not make the trip to Fort Myers for

the game against Minnesota. … Atlanta RHP Cristhian Martinez gave

up two hits over three shutout innings. … Toronto RHP Dustin

McGowan, who had three shoulder operations in the last five years,

threw an inning in a minor league game.