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Wells drives three out of park in Blue Jays victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Vernon Wells says he doesn't enjoy facing Josh Beckett. The results say otherwise.

Wells hit three homers for the first time in his career and Troy Glaus homered twice to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Wells and Glaus hit back-to-back homers in the first off Beckett (7-2), who had won his previous four starts. They got Beckett again with solo homers, Wells in the third and Glaus, his 17th, in the fifth. It was the fourth multihomer game of the season for both.

Wells is 6-for-12 with four home runs in his career against Beckett

"I'd rather miss him one of these times to be honest with you. It's not a fun at-bat," Wells said. "I'm going up there swinging early and often just to give myself a chance. He's supplying all the power. I just have to figure out how to put the bat on it."

Wells added a solo shot -- his 15th -- off David Riske in the eighth. He went 3-for-4 with four RBI.

Eight of his home runs have come against Boston.

"Hopefully, I can continue to close my eyes and swing as hard as I can," Wells said.

Beckett said anybody could have homered off him on the pitches he threw to Wells.

"They were right down the middle. You guys could have hit either one of those balls out," Beckett to a pack of writers. "But it's not a fluke he hit three home runs. He's a pretty good player."

It was the first time two Toronto players had multihomer games together since Carlos Delgado hit three and Raul Mondesi hit two on April 20, 2001, at Kansas City.

"Vernon is a special player," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "Offensively and defensively he's really coming into his own. He's still a young man at this level and he's had big years ever since he's been here.

"That's no easy feat. Beckett is tough and Glaus got him twice, too."

Toronto improved to 7-3 against Boston this season, all the losses coming when the recently demoted Josh Towers pitched.

Gustavo Chacin (6-1), who came off the 15-day disabled list earlier Tuesday, allowed two runs and four hits and walked four in five innings. Chacin made his first start since May 10, when he strained his elbow and forearm against Oakland.

B.J. Ryan pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Beckett had one of his worst starts of the season, allowing seven runs and a season-high 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

"You have to execute a high number of pitches, especially when you are going up against a lineup like this or any lineup in the American League for that matter," Beckett said.

The Red Sox got within 7-5 in the sixth on a solo homer by Trot Nixon, a run-scoring wild pitch by Scott Downs and a bases loaded walk to Manny Ramirez. Jason Frasor relieved and got Jason Varitek to ground out to first with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Boston put two runners on in the eighth, but Justin Speier struck out Ramirez for the second out before Ryan struck out Varitek.

Gibbons said he made a mistake when he didn't replace Speier with Ryan to face Varitek in the eighth inning on Monday night. Varitek hit a tying, three-run homer off Speier but Toronto won on a run in the bottom of the inning.

After Wells hit a two-run homer in the first, Glaus hit a solo shot to give Toronto a 2-1 lead. It was the fifth time Toronto hit back-to-back homers this season.

Wells homered in the third and Edgardo Alfonzo hit an RBI grounder in the fourth.

Glaus led off the fifth with a homer and Aaron Hill added an RBI single in the inning to give Toronto a 7-2 lead.

Notes

  • Toronto C Bengie Molina left in the fifth after getting hit on the right hand by a pitch.
  • RHP David Pauley will start for Boston on Wednesday. Pauley went 2-3 with a 2.39 ERA in 10 starts with Double-A Portland. "It's a pretty significant jump. If I just stick to how I know how to pitch I think I will be all right," Pauley said.
 
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Alex Rios greets Vernon Wells at the plate after scoring on Wells' homer off Josh Beckett. (AP)
Alex Rios greets Vernon Wells at the plate after scoring on Wells' homer off Josh Beckett. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 3
RBI 4
Toronto

T. Glaus
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Boston Red Sox
Coco Crisp, CF4210113 .324
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4010101 .315
David Ortiz, DH4010101 .267
Manny Ramirez, LF2001312 .305
Jason Varitek, C4111116 .240
Mike Lowell, 3B4010012 .321
Trot Nixon, RF5111002 .295
Alex Gonzalez, SS4110121 .221
Alex Cora, 2B4011012 .273
Totals355848720 
Batting
HR - Trot Nixon (4, Walker)
RBI - Manny Ramirez (32), Jason Varitek (25), Trot Nixon (27), Alex Cora (5)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Ramirez (12), Jason Varitek (14)
SB - Coco Crisp (3, 2nd base off Chacin/Molina)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Trot Nixon 1
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (L,7-2) 4.21077174 4.46
Julian Tavarez 1.1100100 4.30
Rudy Seanez 1100010 4.87
David Riske 1111001 9.82
HBP - Alfonzo (by Josh Beckett), Molina (by Josh Beckett)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 93-61, Julian Tavarez 18-11, Rudy Seanez 16-13, David Riske 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 6-0, Julian Tavarez 2-2, Rudy Seanez 2-0, David Riske 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 26, Julian Tavarez 6, Rudy Seanez 4, David Riske 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF5010011 .343
Alex Rios, RF5120022 .352
Vernon Wells, CF4334112 .325
Troy Glaus, 3B4222101 .261
Lyle Overbay, DH4000033 .299
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4110011 .335
Bengie Molina, C2110000 .288
    Gregg Zaun, C1010000 .342
Aaron Hill, SS4021001 .257
Edgardo Alfonzo, 2B3001002 .089
Totals3681382813 
Batting
2B - Bengie Molina (7, Beckett)
HR - Vernon Wells 3 (15, Beckett, Beckett, Riske), Troy Glaus 2 (17, Beckett, Beckett)
RBI - Vernon Wells 4 (43), Troy Glaus 2 (43), Aaron Hill (13), Edgardo Alfonzo (2)
2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells (11)
Team LOB - 8
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin (W,6-1) 5422410 5.11
Pete Walker 0.2233221 4.76
Scott Downs0000200 4.88
Jason Frasor (H,3) 1.1000010 6.38
Scott Schoeneweis (H,8) 0.1200000 7.04
Justin Speier (H,8) 0.1000010 2.79
B.J. Ryan (S,12) 1.1000020 0.69
IBB - Ramirez by Gustavo Chacin
HBP - Lowell (by Jason Frasor)
WP - Scott Downs (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 88-52, Pete Walker 28-16, Scott Downs 4-0, Jason Frasor 14-10, Scott Schoeneweis 6-5, Justin Speier 5-4, B.J. Ryan 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 7-7, Jason Frasor 1-2, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 23, Pete Walker 6, Scott Downs 2, Jason Frasor 5, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Justin Speier 1, B.J. Ryan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27324
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Tom Hallion