Blue Jays 3, Reds 1
PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) _ Tom Browning pitched five strong innings Thursday to bolster his return from reconstructive knee surgery, but was the loser as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1.
Browning, hit hard in two recent B games, allowed five hits and one walk while striking out one and shutting out Toronto after the first inning.
The Blue Jays scored in the first on singles by Devon White, Luis Sojo and Joe Carter, then didn’t score again until the seventh, when Dick Schofield homered off Nolton Hill.
Pat Hentgen pitched four innings for Toronto, allowing two hits and six walks while striking out one. Mike Timlin got the save.
Toronto got an unearned run in the ninth on a double by Schofield, a ground out and an error by Juan Samuel.
Samuel homered in the seventh off David Wells for the Reds’ run.
″I think I showed that I’m ready,″ Browning said. ″I won’t say I’m ready to go nine, but I think I showed I can go out there and give them six, seven or eight quality innings.″