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DUNEDIN, Fla. – Outfield prospect George Springer hit a three-run homer off Jeremy Jeffress in the fourth inning and a two-run drive against Claudio Vargas in the fifth, helping the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 Wednesday.
Houston, 29th among the 30 teams in batting average last year, had 18 hits, including two each by Springer, J.D. Martinez, Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan. Toronto starter Brad Lincoln was chased two outs into his spring training debut.
Jose Reyes raised his spring training batting average to .625 with three singles. Reyes is 5 for 8 with five singles in three games.
Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion were a combined 1-for-9, with Cabrera getting a single.
Lincoln, the loser, allowed four runs, three hits and one walk.
Winner Alex White gave up one hit in two scoreless innings.