Uehara hurt, Guthrie rocked in Orioles' loss

Blue Jays 13, Orioles 3

Reliever strains hamstring

starter gives up 3 HRs, 7 runs in 3 innings

March 18, 2010|By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Toronto Blue Jays put a hurting on Orioles pitching Thursday by bashing six homers, but the pain incurred wasn't limited to bruised egos in a 13-3 loss.

In the span of eight pitches in the fifth inning, Orioles catcher Craig Tatum left with a bruised left index finger and then his battery mate, right-hander Koji Uehara, walked off the field with a strained left hamstring.

Uehara has been bothered by hamstring troubles off and on during his career, including last spring.

Before Uehara took the field in the fifth, the Orioles were already in a deep hole, thanks to Toronto's Travis Snider and John Buck, who had each hit two home runs by the end of the fourth.

Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie yielded three of the homers, and seven runs (six earned), in just three innings.

Adam Jones and Matt Wieters each went deep for the Orioles. Wieters' blast, which hit the batter's eye in deep center field, was his first home run and second hit of the spring.

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