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Jays rough up 42-year-old Boomer in season debut

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- The Toronto Blue Jays made Boomer hear the boos.

Alexis Rios, Bengie Molina and Vernon Wells homered off David Wells in the left-hander's first start of the season, and the Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-4 on Wednesday night.

Wells (0-1), who requested a trade during the winter then rescinded that request in spring training, was booed early and often after giving up three runs in the first, two in the second and two in the sixth.

"I just have to go out there and try to keep my team on the ballgame," Wells said, "and if you don't then you're going to get that, especially me. But that's fine and I can deal with it. I have been in worse places."

After going 15-7 last season, Wells expressed his discomfort with "a lack of privacy" that he feels playing in Boston.

On Wednesday, the fans didn't show much patience for the 42-year-old, coming off right knee surgery in the offseason. He gave up seven runs, 10 hits, walked one and struck out one in four-plus innings, and was booed loudly when he was yanked in the fifth.

"He just made a couple of mistakes. They weren't good pitches at all," Molina said. "He left a couple up and right down the middle."

Rios had a two-run homer and a career-best four RBI for the Blue Jays, who collected a season-high 16 hits.

"Sometimes when pitchers make mistakes they get away with them, but tonight we put good swings on the ball," Vernon Wells said. "Going up against a pitcher like Boomer, you've got to score runs whenever you can get them."

Dustin Mohr had a two-run homer, and David Ortiz and Wily Mo Pena had solo shots for Boston. The loss spoiled Boston's chance to match its best start in 86 years, dropping its record to 6-2.

Toronto starter Gustavo Chacin (2-0) benefited from a 5-0 lead after two innings, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings.

"Gus battled through it," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "I think he'd rather pitch in a tight game. He doesn't like the comfortable lead."

Three relievers held the Red Sox to one run and two hits before B.J Ryan pitched the ninth.

The Blue Jays jumped right on David Wells from the start when Rios homered into the first row of the Monster Seats on the fourth pitch of the game. Two outs later, Molina homered over the seats in left, making it 3-0.

"I don't think he feels like he's 20-years old anymore," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said of Wells. "I'm sure there is some creakiness. He had pretty good surgery. I don't think that is why he is going to say he left pitches over the plate."

Wells, booed when he left the mound in the first, heard more boos after he gave up an RBI double to Rios and run-scoring single to Vernon Wells in the second.

The Red Sox cut it 5-2 in the fourth on Mohr's two-run homer, but the Blue Jays chased David Wells and added a pair of runs in the fifth. Vernon Wells homered leading off and Troy Glaus singled. Molina greeted reliever Lenny DiNardi with a single. Aaron Hill's two-out RBI double made it 7-2.

Ortiz's third homer of the season, and second in as many days, made it 7-3 in the fifth. Pena added his solo shot to center in the sixth.

Rios' sacrifice fly made it 8-4 in the eighth.

Notes

  • The seven runs Wells allowed were the most since seven last May 18 in 1 1/3 inings in Oakland.
  • Glaus walked gingerly to the dugout after striking out swinging in the sixth, but batted and fanned in the eighth.
  • Boston turned a pair of nice defensive plays. SS Alex Gonzalez went deep into the hole on Wells' grounder in the first, and 2B Mark Loretta ranged up the middle on Reed Johnson's grounder in the fourth.
  • The Red Sox had received at least six innings per start in six of their first seven games.
  • Boston 3B Mike Lowell, who went 4-for-4 on opening day, doubled and walked his first two times up before flying out.
  • Ortiz has 21 homers against the Blue Jays, his most against any opponent.
 
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David Wells, who lasts only four innings, takes a licking during his first start of the season.  (Getty Images)
David Wells, who lasts only four innings, takes a licking during his first start of the season. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Rios
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF3220200
Alex Rios, RF4234000
Vernon Wells, CF5132001
Troy Glaus, 3B5120024
Bengie Molina, C4121113
Shea Hillenbrand, DH5010012
Lyle Overbay, 1B5000014
Aaron Hill, 2B5021001
John McDonald, SS4110003
Totals4081683518 
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (, Wells), Aaron Hill (, DiNardo)
HR - Alex Rios (, Wells), Vernon Wells (, Wells), Bengie Molina (, Wells)
SF - Alex Rios ()
RBI - Alex Rios 4 (), Vernon Wells 2 (), Bengie Molina (), Aaron Hill ()
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios (), Vernon Wells (), Bengie Molina (), Aaron Hill ()
SB - Reed Johnson (, 2nd base off Seanez/Varitek)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Glaus-Hill-Overbay
E - John McDonald (, Wild throw)
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin (W,-) 5533432
Pete Walker 1.1111021
Scott Schoeneweis (H,) 1000100
Justin Speier 0.2000000
B.J. Ryan 1000000
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 90-54, Pete Walker 20-14, Scott Schoeneweis 13-5, Justin Speier 8-5, B.J. Ryan 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 4-8, Pete Walker 1-1, Scott Schoeneweis 1-1, Justin Speier 1-2, B.J. Ryan 1-2
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 24, Pete Walker 5, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Justin Speier 3, B.J. Ryan 3
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5000033
Mark Loretta, 2B5000001
David Ortiz, DH2121200
Manny Ramirez, LF3000102
Jason Varitek, C4000013
Mike Lowell, 3B3110100
Dustan Mohr, CF4112011
Wily Mo Pena, RF3121101
Alex Gonzalez, SS4000001
Totals334645512 
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (, Chacin), Mike Lowell (, Chacin)
HR - David Ortiz (, Chacin), Dustan Mohr (, Chacin), Wily Mo Pena (, Walker)
RBI - David Ortiz (), Dustan Mohr 2 (), Wily Mo Pena ()
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Loretta-Youkilis, A. Gonzalez-Loretta-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
David Wells (L,-) 41077113
Lenny DiNardo 3611120
Rudy Seanez 2000120
WP - Rudy Seanez ()
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 78-51, Lenny DiNardo 49-32, Rudy Seanez 26-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 8-2, Lenny DiNardo 5-1
Batters Faced - David Wells 22, Lenny DiNardo 15, Rudy Seanez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 36378
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne