DUNEDIN, Fla. --
They continued their scorching springs, combining for three of the Orioles' four homers in Tuesday's 6-6 10-inning tie with the Blue Jays.
Pearce homered twice and Jackson added three hits, including a homer.
In six spring games, Pearce -- who spent last season shuffling between the Orioles,
Jackson, a minor league signing who has played in 60 major league games just once since 2009, is 9-for-19 with three homers and six RBIs.
Both are battling for a reserve outfielder-first baseman role.
"Steve's swinging the bat well too," Jackson said. "It's one of those things. It's competition. Competition breeds success. I've always said that from the first day of my career. When you don't have that competitive guy pushing you, you kind of stay stagnant as a player."
Right-hander Steve Johnson, making his first
“I felt good physically, so that was good, but obviously the results weren't really what I wanted,” said Johnson, who typically has excellent control. “I wanted to go out there and pound the zone. Just couldn't really get in a rhythm today, especially early. Second inning, I felt a little better and pounded the zone a little more. [In the] first inning, I just left the ball up a lot.”
Jackson and Pearce hit back-to-back solo homers in the sixth. Catcher
Ryan Langerhans' solo homer off reliever Zach Clark tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. The teams played a scoreless 10th inning.