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Blue Jays Spring Recap: Tulo smashes way to victory

The Blue Jays improved to 12-4 on the spring, thanks in large part to a two-run home run from Troy Tulowitzki.

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The Blue Jays improved their record to 12-4 Sunday afternoon with a victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2.

It wasn't the start that Marco Estrada likely envisioned for his spring as he allowed a lead-off walk followed by an Andrew McCutchen two-run home run to start the game. After walking another and allowing a single to Starlin Marte though, Estrada was able to settle down to finish his first frame without allowing further damage.

The Jays brought their own bats in the home-half as Jose Bautista drove a one-out double into the gap before Troy Tulowitzki drove a middle-in fastball over the left-field fence to tie it 2-2.

Estrada's outing concluded at two plus innings with a final line of two innings, allowing two runs on two hits with three walks and a strikeout. It certainly was not the 2015-esque outing he was looking for, but was a start to the spring nonetheless.

Arneold Leon took over for Estrada, quiteting the Pirates offence, not allowing a run over his inning of work. Taking over for him was Gavin Floyd who had his start rained out yesterday. Despite loading the bases in his first inning of work, Floyd mitigated the danger and shut down the Pirates offence.

After a Russell Martin double, Ryan Goins drove a ball deep to centre and off the wall for an RBI double of his own, making it 3-2.

In four and a third innings, Floyd managed to keep pace with his lead competitor Aaron Sanchez for the final spot in the rotation. He pitched four and a third shutout innings, allowing four hits while striking out and walking a pair. While his command wavered at times, his curve ball looked as sharp as ever, baffling McCutchen on one occasion with a swing-and-a-miss.

Chad Jenkins and Pat Venditte teamed up for an inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief to complete the victory 3-2 over the Bucs.

Kevin Pillar--0/3, .212

Josh Donaldson--0/3, .292

Jose Bautista--1/3, .222

Troy Tulowitzki--1/3, .259

Chris Colabello--1/3, .313

Michael Saunders--1/3, .321

Russell Martin--1/3, .190

Justin Smoak--0/2, .321

Ryan Goins--1/3, .321