The victory could come at a price for the Blue Jays because Burnett left his start after four innings because of a sore right elbow.
Burnett, who signed a five-year, $55 million deal with the Blue Jays in the offseason after spending seven seasons with the Florida Marlins, began the season on the DL after scar tissue broke off in his elbow March 18 during spring training.
Blue Jays spokesman Jay Stenhouse said it was "consistent with what (Burnett) experienced in spring training." But Burnett will be examined by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.
The scar tissue is left over from elbow ligament replacement surgery three years ago.
"Something wasn't right," Burnett said. "It's pretty frustrating. I feel about two inches tall."
Burnett said he's willing to miss a month to make sure he's OK.
"I want to make sure it is out of there for good. Whatever it is, there is a shark floating in there and we got to get it out," Burnett said.
Toronto's Vernon Wells said Burnett should take his time getting healthy.
"Hopefully, it's not as bad as some people may think," said Wells, who homered twice off Boston starter Josh Beckett.
Down 6-2 in the eighth, Beckett plunked Aaron Hill with his first pitch of the inning, prompting a warning from plate umpire Jeff Kellogg.
"It was uncharacteristic. I was a little surprised by the warning," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.
"It was definitely a pitch that got us going," Wells said. "It got everything going for us. It worked out well. Hill is going to have a pretty big bruise, but it got things started."
After Beckett nailed Hill, Russ Adams homered. One batter later, Wells chased Beckett with his second homer and cut the lead to 6-5.
Mike Timlin relieved and allowed a tying home to Glaus.
Keith Foulke (0-1) walked Glaus with two outs in the 12th before Rudy Seanez relieved and allowed Overbay's double to left center. Glaus chugged around the bases and slid headfirst for the winning run.
"Whether Beckett did it on purpose or not it got us going," Overbay said.
Justin Speier (1-0) pitched two innings for the victory.
Ramirez went 16 games without a homer -- the longest drought of his career to start a season. After David Ortiz homered in the third, Ramirez hit Burnett's next pitch for his first -- the ninth time they've hit back-to-back homers.
Ramirez added a two-run shot off Scott Schoeneweis in the seventh, giving Boston a 6-2 lead. Ramirez has 44 multihomer games in his career.
Beckett took a three-hitter into the eighth before, but allowed five runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Beckett denied hitting Hill on purpose.
"Anybody who was watching the game knows I didn't do it on purpose," Beckett said.
Wells said Beckett had pinpoint control before that.
Ortiz's two-run shot and Ramirez's solo shot gave Boston a 3-0 lead in the first. Both balls landed near each other in left center.
Wells cut it to 3-2 in the fourth with his first homer of the game.
Jason Varitek hit a solo shot for Boston in the sixth.
|Toronto wins, but A.J. Burnett's night doesn't get any better after David Ortiz hits a home run. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.316|
|J.T. Snow, 1B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.167|
|Mark Loretta, 2B||6||1||1||0||0||0||1||.257|
|David Ortiz, DH||5||2||2||2||1||1||0||.303|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||6||2||2||3||0||2||1||.267|
|Trot Nixon, RF||5||0||2||0||1||2||0||.361|
|Wily Mo Pena, PR-RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Jason Varitek, C||4||1||1||1||2||2||1||.224|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||6||0||1||0||0||1||4||.262|
|Willie Harris, CF||4||0||0||0||1||3||2||.167|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.189|
|HR - David Ortiz (7, Burnett), Manny Ramirez 2 (2, Burnett, Schoeneweis), Jason Varitek (1, Downs)|
|RBI - David Ortiz 2 (14), Manny Ramirez 3 (9), Jason Varitek (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz 2 (6), Manny Ramirez (4)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Mike Lowell (1, Wild throw)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Mike Timlin (BS,2)||0.1||2||1||1||1||0||1||2.57|
|Keith Foulke (L,0-1)||1.2||1||1||1||1||1||0||4.09|
|HBP - Hill (by Josh Beckett)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 90-54, Mike Timlin 12-7, Jonathan Papelbon 29-19, Keith Foulke 37-21, Rudy Seanez 2-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 9-10, Mike Timlin 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 4-3, Keith Foulke 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 30, Mike Timlin 4, Jonathan Papelbon 8, Keith Foulke 7, Rudy Seanez 1|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Russ Adams, SS||6||1||1||2||0||1||2||.255|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||4||1||1||0||2||1||0||.433|
|Vernon Wells, CF||6||2||2||3||0||0||2||.375|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||5||2||1||1||1||1||1||.309|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||6||0||2||1||0||0||0||.288|
|Shea Hillenbrand, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.222|
|John McDonald, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|a- Gregg Zaun, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Bengie Molina, C||4||0||0||0||1||1||1||.282|
|Eric Hinske, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.350|
|Alex Rios, RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.405|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||1||0||0||0||0||1||.192|
|a-grounded out for McDonald in the 10th|
|2B - Lyle Overbay (1, Seanez), Shea Hillenbrand (2, Beckett), Alex Rios (4, Foulke)|
|HR - Russ Adams (1, Beckett), Vernon Wells 2 (7, Beckett, Beckett), Troy Glaus (6, Timlin)|
|RBI - Russ Adams 2 (6), Vernon Wells 3 (16), Troy Glaus (14), Lyle Overbay (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (5)|
|CS - Lyle Overbay (1, 2nd base by Timlin/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|PB - Bengie Molina (1)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Justin Speier (W,1-0)||2||0||0||0||3||2||0||1.00|
|IBB - Varitek by Justin Speier|
|HBP - A. Gonzalez (by Jason Frasor)|
|WP - A.J. Burnett (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 78-47, Scott Downs 27-15, Vinnie Chulk 14-11, Scott Schoeneweis 14-9, Jason Frasor 16-8, B.J. Ryan 35-23, Justin Speier 45-23|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 5-2, Scott Downs 4-0, Vinnie Chulk 1-2, B.J. Ryan 1-3, Justin Speier 1-3|
|Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 18, Scott Downs 6, Vinnie Chulk 5, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Jason Frasor 5, B.J. Ryan 6, Justin Speier 9|
|Attendance - 28333|
|Game Time - 3:57|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly|