Texas at Toronto

W: T. Lilly (9-8) L: J. Koronka (6-6)
HR: TEX - None   TOR - R. Johnson (5), V. Wells (23), L. Overbay (15)

Wells hits grand slam in nine-run fourth inning, Jays top Rangers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- Vernon Wells is responding to Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi's critical comments with his play on the field.

Wells hit a grand slam in a nine-run fourth inning to lead the Blue Jays over the Texas Rangers 10-1 Monday night.

Ricciardi criticized his team just before the All-Star break, saying his three, four and five hitters were killing the team. Wells objected to the comments when asked about it at the All-Star Game.

Wells is 6-for-17 (.352) with two home runs and six RBI in four games since the break.

"It was a good night for everybody," Wells said.

Reed Johnson and Lyle Overbay also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won three straight after losing six of nine.

Toronto sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth, tying a season high for runs in an inning. Eric Hinske and John McDonald each drove in a run, Wells hit his fourth career grand slam and Overbay added a two-run homer off loser John Koronka (6-6). Second baseman Ian Kinsler's throwing error also led to a run.

The Blue Jays poured it on despite missing slugger Troy Glaus and designated hitter Shea Hillenbrand. Glaus has a sore right knee and Hillenbrand is with his family because they adopted a child.

"It's kind of nice to be able to breakout and get some consistent hitting in key situations," Overbay said.

Ted Lilly (9-8) yielded one run and seven hits in eight innings for the Blue Jays. He struck out two and walked two.

"Our offense went through a stretch where they didn't swing it like we usually do, but they know that's not going to continue," Lilly said.

Johnson homered in the third, and was hit by a pitch in his next two at-bats.

Lilly threw behind Mark Teixeira in the sixth, prompting plate umpire Larry Young to warn both dugouts.

"I thought it was intentional," Lilly said of Johnson being plunked. "If I happen to hit (Mark), I wouldn't feel too guilty about it. It's part of the game."

Koronka allowed 11 hits and a career-high nine runs in just 3 2/3 innings, tying a season high for runs allowed by a Texas pitcher. He struck out one and didn't walk a batter.

Seven of the runs he allowed in the fourth came with two outs, including Wells' second grand slam of the season.

"Today was a bad all around game for us. We didn't pitch well, we played bad defense. It was probably one of the worst games we've played," shortstop Michael Young said. "I'm going to throw it in the garbage can and look forward to tomorrow."

Gerald Laird had two hits and an RBI for the Rangers. He singled in Young in the fourth to tie it at one.

Texas has been held to three or fewer runs in 12 of its last 18 games. The Rangers have scored four runs in their last four games.

"Four runs in four days is obviously not going to get it done," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

Texas right fielder Jerry Hairston Jr. went 0-for-4, lowering his average to .212.

"The way I hit today my sister could have got me out," Hairston said.


  • The Blue Jays disinfected both clubhouses over the All-Star break after two Toronto players, Alex Rios and Ty Taubenheim, came down with staph infections. The Rangers had some concerns about the visiting clubhouse.
  • U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins visited Toronto's clubhouse before the game.
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Vernon Wells drives a grand slam over the wall to lead the Blue Jays' monstrous fourth inning.  (AP)
Vernon Wells drives a grand slam over the wall to lead the Blue Jays' monstrous fourth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

V. Wells
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

T. Lilly
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 2
K 2

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Texas Rangers
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2B - Ian Kinsler (13, Lilly)
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E - Mark DeRosa (3, misplayed grounder), Ian Kinsler (6, wild throw), Gary Matthews Jr. (3, wild throw)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Koronka 5-5, Joaquin Benoit 3-2, Rick Bauer 2-1, Francisco Cordero 1-0, Wes Littleton 2-1
Batters Faced - John Koronka 23, Joaquin Benoit 7, Rick Bauer 3, Francisco Cordero 4, Wes Littleton 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, RF-CF3211001 .364
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    Russ Adams, 2B1000000 .228
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Lyle Overbay, 1B4222001 .301
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John McDonald, SS-3B3001011 .233
2B - Bengie Molina (11, Koronka), Aaron Hill (17, Benoit)
HR - Reed Johnson (5, Koronka), Vernon Wells (23, Koronka), Lyle Overbay (15, Koronka)
SF - John McDonald (2)
RBI - Reed Johnson (23), Vernon Wells 4 (72), Lyle Overbay 2 (52), Eric Hinske (19), John McDonald (5)
2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells 4 (25), Lyle Overbay 2 (19)
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WP - Ted Lilly (4)
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Game Information
Attendance - 16872
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez