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Nola, Happ start strong as Bautista hits 1st HR

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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jose Bautista hit his first home run of the spring and the Blue Jays roared back with three runs in the ninth for an 8-8 tie against the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Field.

Bautista sent a 3-0 offering from right-hander Ben Lively just right of the center-field wall, well over the 408-foot marker.

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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jose Bautista hit his first home run of the spring and the Blue Jays roared back with three runs in the ninth for an 8-8 tie against the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Field.

Bautista sent a 3-0 offering from right-hander Ben Lively just right of the center-field wall, well over the 408-foot marker.

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Brock Stassi hit an RBI single and Bryan Holaday added an RBI double to put the Phils up by three in the top of the ninth, but three RBI singles by the Blue Jays tied it, capped by Rowdy Tellez's two-out knock. Stassi went 3-for-5 in the game.

Stassi striving for spot on Phillies' bench

The Phillies scored four runs in the fifth off Brett Oberholtzer behind two-run doubles from Jesmuel Valentin and Freddy Galvis to take a 4-1 lead. Tommy Joseph gave Philadelphia a 6-4 lead in the seventh with a two-run single.

Behind on depth chart, Valentin impresses

Kevin Pillar continued his hot spring with an RBI single in the third to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. He is 4-for-10 through four Grapefruit League games. Anthony Alford also hit his first home run, a solo shot in the seventh.

J.A. Happ made his first start of the spring, and the Blue Jays left-hander gave up one hit with two strikeouts over two scoreless innings. Happ, who went 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 2016, threw 30 pitches in the outing.

Video: PHI@TOR: Happ fans two over two scoreless innings

"It felt good, especially the second inning where I was able to start trying to use everything, and for the most part throwing strikes," Happ said. "Two innings, 30 pitches is kind of how you draw it up."

Happ pleased with spring debut

Happ was replaced by Roberto Osuna in the third inning. Osuna struck out two, walked one and threw a wild pitch in a scoreless inning.

Video: PHI@TOR: Osuna fans two in scoreless inning vs. Phils

Phillies starter Aaron Nola gave up a hit and struck out one over two scoreless innings in his spring debut.

After 7 months, Nola looks sharp

Phillies Up Next: The Phillies host the Twins on Friday afternoon in a 1:05 p.m. ET game at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., in an MLB.TV broadcast. Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 9.00 ERA) makes his second start of the spring. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has not made an official announcement, but he said last month that Hellickson is very likely to be their Opening Day starter on April 3 in Cincinnati.

Blue Jays Up Next: The Blue Jays will host the Yankees on Friday at 1:07 p.m. ET at Florida Auto Exchange Field in Dunedin, Fla., in an MLB.TV broadcast. Left-hander Francisco Liriano will make his spring debut. Liriano, who was acquired from Pittsburgh before the 2016 non-waiver Trade Deadline, went 2-2 for Toronto in eight starts with a 2.92 ERA.

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Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com.

Jose Bautista, J.A. Happ, Aaron Nola