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Zaun's grand slam powers Blue Jays past world champs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Gregg Zaun thinks the Toronto Blue Jays will do just fine without Carlos Delgado in their lineup.

Zaun hit a grand slam to spark a six-run eighth inning, and Vernon Wells, Corey Koskie and Shea Hillenbrand hit consecutive homers in the third to lead the Blue Jays over the Red Sox 12-5 Saturday.

"Guys are getting good at-bats," Zaun said. "We don't have a Sosa, McGwire or even a Delgado anymore, but two guys like Hillenbrand and Koskie could hit 25 a piece to make up for that."

After 12 seasons and 336 home runs for Toronto, Delgado signed with Florida as a free agent in the offseason.

Wells, Koskie and Hillenbrand each homered to left off David Wells for Toronto's first back-to-back-to-back homers since 2001.

"You thought (Wells) would be able to come back and make that adjustment (after the first home run)," Boston interim manager Brad Mills said. "But I have to tip my hat to him, he really made some adjustments after and pitched well."

The Red Sox dropped to 2-1 since Terry Francona was hospitalized Wednesday after experiencing chest pains. He is expected to return for Monday's home opener at Fenway Park, when the Red Sox receive their World Series rings.

David Wells (0-2) struggled in his second straight start, giving up six runs in 6 1/3 innings. He was also hit hard on opening day against the New York Yankees, allowing 10 hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"If you dont make the pitches thats what happens -- you give up runs," said Wells, who has a 8.44 ERA this season. "Youve got to get the bad ones out of the way, I guess."

Zaun hit his first home run of the season off reliever Blaine Neal over the right-field fence to help the Blue Jays bounce back from a series-opening loss Friday.

"I got a pitch up in the strike zone and I was waiting for it. Ive started to learn that the less greedy I am, the better off I am," said Zaun, who was 2-for-4 with five RBIs.

Hillenbrand and Alex Rios each had three of the Jays' 16 hits, and Koskie scored three runs. Jason Frasor (1-0) picked up the win after pitching 1 1/3 innings in relief.

Frank Catalanotto, pinch-hitting for outfielder Reed Johnson with runners on first and second in the seventh inning, broke a 5-all tie with a single to left off reliever Matt Mantei to score Rios.

Dave Ortiz pulled Boston to 5-4 with his second homer, a three-run shot off Roy Halladay in the sixth.

Halladay was having a solid outing until Ortizs homer, and ended up allowing five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.

"I left the ball over the plate, but other than that I felt pretty good about it," Halladay said. "Its tough to come back and score runs but we did and got a big win."

The Red Sox tied it at 5 in the seventh on a close play at second base. Halladay was pulled after Jay Paytons leadoff single. Reliever Scott Schoeneweis loaded the bases, then got Trot Nixon to ground into a potential inning-ending double play but Blue Jays first baseman Eric Hinskes throw to second pulled shortstop John McDonald off the bag.

Mark Bellhorn slid safely into second and Payton scored the tying run. Toronto manager John Gibbons came out to argue.

The Blue Jays opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the second inning. Koskie scored on Hinske's grounder, and Zauns single scored Hillenbrand.

Nixon broke out of a 1-for-11 slump with a RBI single in the third, scoring Ramon Vazquez.

Notes

  • LHP Ted Lilly (shoulder) is scheduled to start Sunday, marking his first appearance of the season.
 
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David Wells is tagged for back-to-back-to-back home runs in the third inning. (AP)
David Wells is tagged for back-to-back-to-back home runs in the third inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

G. Zaun
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Boston Red Sox
Mark Bellhorn, 2B3010100 .316
Trot Nixon, RF4122001 .200
Manny Ramirez, LF4110014 .150
David Ortiz, DH3113100 .474
Kevin Millar, 1B4000002 .333
Jason Varitek, C4000010 .333
Jay Payton, CF4110010 .286
Bill Mueller, 3B4000011 .211
Ramon Vazquez, SS2110000 .500
   a- Edgar Renteria, PH-SS2010000 .158
Totals34585248 
a-singled for Vazquez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Bellhorn (2, Halladay)
HR - David Ortiz (2, Halladay)
RBI - Trot Nixon 2 (4), David Ortiz 3 (6)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Manny Ramirez 1
DP - Vazquez-Bellhorn-Millar
Boston Red Sox
David Wells (L,0-2) 6.1966043 8.44
Matt Mantei 0.2311010 13.50
John Halama0133100 16.20
Blaine Neal 1322001 20.25
HBP - Hinske (by John Halama)
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 78-53, Matt Mantei 14-9, John Halama 16-8, Blaine Neal 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 8-5, Blaine Neal 1-2
Batters Faced - David Wells 26, Matt Mantei 4, John Halama 3, Blaine Neal 6
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF3010000 .286
   a- Frank Catalanotto, PH-LF2021000 .375
    Gabe Gross, LF0000000 .000
Orlando Hudson, 2B5000013 .182
Vernon Wells, CF5221002 .238
Corey Koskie, 3B3321100 .222
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4331010 .400
Eric Hinske, 1B3102010 .267
Alex Rios, RF4231001 .462
Gregg Zaun, C4125011 .263
John McDonald, SS2000011 .429
   b- Frank Menechino, PH0000000 .200
   c- Russ Adams, PH-SS2010000 .375
Totals37121612158 
a-singled for Johnson in the 7th
b-announced for McDonald in the 7th
c-singled for Menechino in the 7th
Batting
2B - Shea Hillenbrand (1, Wells), Alex Rios (1, Wells)
HR - Vernon Wells (2, Wells), Corey Koskie (1, Wells), Shea Hillenbrand (1, Wells), Gregg Zaun (1, Neal)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto (1), Vernon Wells (2), Corey Koskie (2), Shea Hillenbrand (3), Eric Hinske 2 (6), Alex Rios (4), Gregg Zaun 5 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells (1), Corey Koskie (1), Shea Hillenbrand (1), Gregg Zaun (2)
CS - Alex Rios (1, 2nd base by Wells/Varitek)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Koskie-Hudson-Hinske
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay 6755121 4.85
Scott Schoeneweis (BS,1) 0.2100110 18.00
Jason Frasor (W,1-0) 1.1000010 3.86
Justin Speier 1000000 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 94-59, Scott Schoeneweis 17-9, Jason Frasor 19-12, Justin Speier 14-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 13-2, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Justin Speier 2-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 25, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Jason Frasor 4, Justin Speier 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28765
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Tim Timmons