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Big Hurt hurts Red Sox with slam; Jays finish sweep

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- The Boston Red Sox headed home at last in an unusual position -- last place.

Frank Thomas hit his 11th career grand slam, Vernon Wells added a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 7-4 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of the World Series champions.

Boston failed to get a boost from Josh Beckett's first start of the season and went 3-4 on its opening three-nation trip, a journey of nearly 16,000 miles. The Red Sox are in the AL East cellar for the first time since April 10, 2005, when they were 2-4.

"It's probably the best thing for us right now," Kevin Youkilis said. "A lot of us are tired. We're ready to go home. All these different countries, different currencies, I'm kind of sick of it."

The Red Sox split two games against the Athletics in Tokyo and swept two in Oakland before arriving in Canada. They open the home portion of their schedule Tuesday at Fenway Park against the struggling Detroit Tigers.

J.D. Drew said his teammates were feeling lifeless and beaten down.

"That's kind of to be expected with the toll the trip takes," Drew said. "We're finally at the end of it, so it's back on track when we get to Boston."

Catcher Jason Varitek said Boston can't rely on a return to Fenway to cure its woes.

"We need to play a little better as a whole, pitch better, play better defense," Varitek said. "The swings will come around as a unit. I think there is a level of the trip, but we still have to play better baseball."

Out since mid-March because of a strained lower back, Beckett was activated from the disabled list to face Roy Halladay (1-1). Beckett gave up five runs, three hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings, striking out six. He reached 96 mph and threw 59 of 92 pitches for strikes.

"Obviously, it's not the result you want, but health-wise, I felt good," Beckett said.

Manager Terry Francona said Beckett looked sharp before starting to tire.

"Early in the game, he was throwing the ball knee-high with good velocity, nice and free and easy, and staying in his delivery," Francona said. "In the fifth, I thought his legs were starting to go."

With the score 2-all in the fifth, Aaron Hill singled with two outs and Beckett walked Alex Rios and Wells. Thomas sent reliever Manny Delcarmen's first pitch into the left-field stands for his second home run of the season and second in as many days.

"He's a dangerous hitter," Francona said. "We knew that before, and we know it now. Manny just didn't locate his fastball where he wanted to, and it ran back over the middle."

The crowd of 30,114 called Thomas out of the dugout for a curtain call after his slam, the 515th home run of his career. Thomas also had a two-run double off Delcarmen in Toronto's 6-3 victory Friday. He went 4-for-12 with eight RBI in the series.

"He's had my number that last two times I've thrown," Delcarmen said.

Halladay gave up four runs and eight hits in eight innings, struck out six and walked one. Jeremy Accardo pitched the ninth for his third save in as many chances.

"To start off that way, where we're playing sound defensively, pitching well and to see the bats come in and take advantage of chances, it's nice to see that early on," Halladay said.

Wells brought Rios home with a two-run drive in the fourth, his fifth career home run against Beckett. He improved to 9-for-27 against Beckett but said the hard-throwing Texan was as tough as ever.

"Same as usual," Wells said. "It's not a fun at-bat. It's fun to face him because he's going to throw everything at you. Everything is going to be hard."

Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury and Varitek each had solo home runs off Halladay, while David Ortiz had an RBI single in the eighth.

Toronto, outhit 10-5 in the game, managed to hold Ortiz and Manny Ramirez in check for a third consecutive day. The pair finished 3-for-22 with two RBI in the series.

Boston has lost seven straight in Toronto dating to last year.

"They played better than us here, that's for sure," Francona said. "They did pretty much everything better than us, and I include myself in that group. We certainly need to do better here."

Notes

  • Ellsbury is 4-for-6 with two career home runs against Halladay.
  • Boston made four errors, three by shortstop Julio Lugo.
  • Boston RHP Kyle Snyder was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Beckett.
  • Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon threw out the first pitch.
 
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Boston ace Josh Beckett K's six batters, but gives up five earned runs in his '08 debut.  (AP)
Boston ace Josh Beckett K's six batters, but gives up five earned runs in his '08 debut. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

F. Thomas
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Boston

J. Drew
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4010000 .250
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3110111 .318
David Ortiz, DH4011012 .115
Manny Ramirez, LF4010011 .250
Mike Lowell, 3B4010011 .214
J.D. Drew, RF4121011 .375
Jason Varitek, C4121011 .261
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4111012 .200
Julio Lugo, SS4000002 .238
Totals35410417  
Batting
2B - Manny Ramirez (4, Halladay)
3B - Kevin Youkilis (2, Halladay)
HR - J.D. Drew (2, Halladay), Jason Varitek (2, Halladay), Jacoby Ellsbury (1, Halladay)
RBI - David Ortiz (3), J.D. Drew (4), Jason Varitek (3), Jacoby Ellsbury (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Lugo-Pedroia-Youkilis, Lugo-Pedroia-Youkilis
E - Mike Lowell (1, Misplayed grounder), Julio Lugo 3 (4, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (L,0-1) 4.2355461 9.64
Manny Delcarmen 0.1111011 4.50
David Aardsma 1110120 3.38
Hideki Okajima 1000000 0.00
Jonathan Papelbon 1000030 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 92-54, Manny Delcarmen 8-7, David Aardsma 26-14, Hideki Okajima 9-7, Jonathan Papelbon 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 4-5, David Aardsma 1-1, Hideki Okajima 3-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 22, Manny Delcarmen 2, David Aardsma 6, Hideki Okajima 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Shannon Stewart, LF3000111 .214
    Buck Coats, LF0000000 .000
Aaron Hill, 2B4121002 .348
Alex Rios, RF2210202 .368
Vernon Wells, CF3212101 .286
Frank Thomas, DH4114001 .238
Lyle Overbay, 1B4000030 .261
Marco Scutaro, 3B4100020 .176
Rod Barajas, C4000032 .250
John McDonald, SS3000131 .000
Totals31757512  
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (2, Aardsma), Alex Rios (3, Beckett)
HR - Vernon Wells (2, Beckett), Frank Thomas (2, Delcarmen)
RBI - Aaron Hill (3), Vernon Wells 2 (5), Frank Thomas 4 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill (2), Frank Thomas 4 (8)
SB - Aaron Hill (1, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hill-McDonald-Overbay, Scutaro-Hill-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,1-1) 8844163 4.20
Jeremy Accardo (S,3) 1200010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 107-77, Jeremy Accardo 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 10-6
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 31, Jeremy Accardo 5
Game Information
Attendance - 30114
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly