by Alan Spector

It was a tight match for Orlando City SC and the visiting Colorado Rapids for more than an hour on Saturday night until a couple of subsitutes showed up in the second half.

Lions captain Kaka, returning from an injury in the season opener, and Carlos Rivas each scored their first goals of the season to lift Orlando City to a 2-0 victory.

It was the Lions' fifth home win and third clean sheet of the season.  They've won four straight games and all five contests at Orlando City Stadium, becoming the first MLS club to open a new facility with five consecutive victories.

25,527 were in attendance as Orlando City improved to 6-1-0, 18 points, while Colorado dropped to 1-5-1, 4 points.

In other state sports news...

  • Ivan Nova tossed a complete-game shutout as the Pirates cruised past the Marlins, 4-0, at Miami.  Nova gave up three hits while striking out seven over his nine innings of work.  The Pirates have won three straight and go for the sweep in Sunday's series finale.  Dan Straily surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings as Miami lost its fourth straight game.
  • Francisco Liriano put up five innings of solid pitching as the Blue Jays topped the Rays, 4-1, at Toronto.  Liriano gave up four hits and a run to get the win.  Roberto Osuna earned his second save and Russell Martin doubled in a run.  Justin Smoak added a two-run homer.  Jesus Sucre singled in Tampa Bay's lone run.  Matt Andreise was charged with the loss, his first of the year.