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Surging Morales backs strong Happ vs. Sox

March 13, 2017

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- It took 19 batters for the Blue Jays and Red Sox to register a hit on Monday, but once the fourth inning came around, the bats woke up in both dugouts. Led by Kendrys Morales, Toronto downed Boston, 4-3, at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.The Blue Jays didn't

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- It took 19 batters for the Blue Jays and Red Sox to register a hit on Monday, but once the fourth inning came around, the bats woke up in both dugouts. Led by Kendrys Morales, Toronto downed Boston, 4-3, at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
The Blue Jays didn't get their first hit until the bottom of the fourth when Morales reached on a single. Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani followed with an RBI single before second baseman Darwin Barney added a two-run double to give the Blue Jays the 3-1 lead. Morales would add insurance in the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer, his second of the spring.
"Yeah good hitter, you know he's having a nice spring but he can hit, that's one of the reasons we signed him," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.
Toronto starter J.A. Happ and Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright went toe to toe early on. Happ was perfect into the fourth, while Wright fired two shutout frames in his Grapefruit League debut.

"It felt good to finally get back out there in a game situation, and so I was definitely pleased with the outcome, but more pleased with how I felt," Wright said. "I think that's the biggest thing right now, just getting the reps underneath me and really start to get back in the mindset of pitching in the game. So today was a huge step in the right direction."
Happ bounced back with a solid outing after struggling in an exhibition start vs. Team Canada last week.
"I felt confident out there, I felt a lot more like myself today in the way I should feel when I'm out there attacking hitters and you know that's where I want to be," said Happ.
While Happ would surrender only one run in four innings, reliever Mat Latos matched that after one batter, as Boston's Rusney Castillo homered leading off the fifth. Latos settled down to allow just the one run while fanning two over two innings.
Allen Craig produced the game's first run in the fourth, bringing home Brock Holt with a sacrifice fly.
WHAT'S NEXT
Red Sox:Thomas Pomeranz will make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday against the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. ET in Fort Myers, Fla. The left-hander, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, is scheduled to be followed by Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, Noe Ramirez, Brandon Workman and Robby Scott.
Blue Jays:Joe Biagini will get the start on Tuesday for the Blue Jays as they travel to Fort Myers. It will be Biagini's fourth spring appearance and third start. Toronto regulars Kevin Pillar, Justin Smoak and Steve Pearce will also be making the trip.
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Mike Nabors and Jeff Odom are contributors to MLB.com.