Blue Jays 5, Pirates 3

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Roy Halladay had a so-so outing in his next-to-last spring training start, allowing three runs over six innings Thursday in the Toronto Blue Jays' 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Halladay, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, used his cutter in a game for the first time this year. He gave up seven hits, struck out two and walked none.

"I threw two or three good ones, and I hope at the start of the year I can throw 20-30 a game," Halladay said. "I wasn't as sharp and my location wasn't as good at times. I had to make adjustments. It's good to work on these things here."

Brad Eldred drove in Pittsburgh's runs with a three-run homer in the fourth, his fifth home run of spring training. Toronto's Frank Thomas homered for the second straight game.

Pittsburgh starter Tony Armas allowed two runs, four hits and three walks in five innings. He is competing with Shawn Chacon and Sean Burnett for the fifth spot in the rotation.

"He threw the ball very well," manager Jim Tracy said. "What I liked the best about it is he threw a lot of strikes. He has a real good pace about him. He keeps the defense on its toes, and he keeps the game moving."

Game notes
Toronto sent RHP Matt Roney outright to Triple-A Syracuse of the International League. .. Blue Jays RHP Brandon League (strained lateral muscle) pitched two innings in a Triple-A game for Syracuse against Durham. ... RHP John Thomson (sore right shoulder) threw on flat ground, a day after an MRI exam. "It came out clean," pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said. ... RHP A.J. Burnett is to pitch for Triple-A Syracuse against Ottawa in Clearwater on Friday.