DUNEDIN, Fla. — Derek Lowe worked two innings in his Braves debut, allowing one run and five hits.
He struck out three and walked none in Atlanta’s 6-3 win over Toronto on Saturday.
Lowe went 14-11 with a 3.24 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract with Atlanta in January.
Roy Halladay cruised through his first spring training start. Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan had a much tougher time.
Halladay tossed two shutout innings but Ryan failed to get through the third in the loss.
Ryan recorded just two outs, allowing two hits and four runs. He walked three and struck out none.
“It wasn’t anything big and glaring,” he said. “You miss a couple of pitches here and there and give up a hit and then it kind of gets away from you. “But you just kind of take it as it is. ... In terms of where I think I need to be and where I am, I think it’s closer than it looks.”
Ryan walked the first two batters he faced, leading to a visit from pitching coach Brad Arnsberg.
“He said, ‘You know what? Your body’s outracing your arm,’” Ryan said. “That’s kind of a normal thing when you get in spring training and you get in some tough innings. You fall into a bit of a funk.”
Kelly Johnson gave the Braves a 2-1 lead with a two-run double. Matt Diaz doubled in a run and Brandon Jones had an RBI single.