Robbie Ray looks sharp as Toronto Blue Jays hammer Detroit Tigers

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LAKELAND, Fla. — Toronto starter Robbie Ray allowed one run and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings as the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 in pre-season action on Friday.

JaCoby Jones' homer in the sixth off Ray accounted for Detroit's only run. The left-hander gave up just four hits.

Blue Jays relievers Tim Mayza, Trent Thornton and David Phelps didn't give up a hit the rest of the game.

Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 3-for-3 to raise his average on the spring to .600 (12-for-20).

Tigers starter Casey Mize gave up five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Alejandro Kirk, Santiago Espinal and Josh Palacios had home runs for Toronto (10-7-1). Palacios also had a triple.

The Blue Jays face the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 19, 2021.

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