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Lowe baffles Toronto but Jays rally in 9th to win


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at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Thursday, March 26

Blue Jays at the plate: Russ Adams gave the Blue Jays their first lead with a sacrifice fly during a three-run ninth inning that came at Kris Medlen's expense. Aaron Mathews recorded the first of his two hits with a single during a three-run eighth against Boone Logan. Sean Shoffit drilled a two-run single during the eighth-inning rally. John McDonald's fifth-inning RBI single accounted for the only run the Blue Jays would score during Derek Lowe's six-inning outing.

Braves at the plate: Kelly Johnson began the bottom of the first inning with a double that marked the start of a three-hit performance, which improved his Grapefruit League bating average to .283. Fresh off Wednesday night's two-hit performance, Chipper Jones produced a first-inning sacrifice fly and added a third-inning infield RBI single. Lowe added two RBIs of his own on a single in the fourth inning.

Blue Jays on the mound: Brad Mills, who is bidding to serve as the Jays' fifth starter, allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings. The only extra-base hits that he surrendered came courtesy of doubles produced by Johnson and Yunel Escobar.

Braves on the mound: Lowe recorded seven strikeouts and allowed just one run on five hits in six strong innings. The veteran right-hander, who will likely serve as the Opening Day starter, threw 62 of his 91 pitches for strikes and didn't issue a walk. His final exhibition season start will come Tuesday in Lakeland, Fla., against the Tigers.

Grapefruit League records: Blue Jays 9-13-2; Braves 16-8

Up next: Tom Glavine will make his second Grapefruit League appearance when the Braves host the Tigers at Disney on Friday afternoon. Glavine, who celebrated his 43rd birthday Wednesday, tossed three scoreless innings against the Mets on Saturday. He is attempting to return from a surgical procedure that repaired his left elbow and left shoulder.

Roy Halladay and B.J. Ryan are both scheduled to pitch when the Blue Jays travel to Bradenton, Fla., to face the Pirates on Friday night. The Blue Jays have admitted that they are somewhat concerned about the lack of velocity that Ryan has displayed this year.

Mark Bowman 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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