Pearson gets win as Blue Jays hold Tigers to two hits in Grapefruit League win

Nate Pearson struck out four batters in just two innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Detroit Tigers 3-1 in Spring Training action.

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Nate Pearson picked up the win on the mound as the Toronto Blue Jays improved to 3-1 in Grapefruit League play with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday.

Pearson, a six-foot-six right-hander, struck out four Detroit batters in two innings of work, after replacing starter Alek Manoah in the third inning.

Collectively, the Blue Jays pitching staff held the Tigers (1-2) to just two hits.

Designated hitter Greg Bird powered the Toronto offence with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate. He also drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning that scored Santiago Espinal and gave the Jays a 2-1 lead.

Earlier in the inning, Espinal had tied the game with an RBI-single that brought home Nathan Lukes.

Toronto added to its lead in the top of the ninth inning when Will Robertson scored on a passed ball.

Reliever Jeremy Beasley struck out four Tigers over three innings to earn the save.

The Blue Jays host the New York Yankees (1-2) on Tuesday at Dunedin Stadium.

The Yankees scored a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) on Monday.

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