Jays drain Wells, hold off Red Sox


BOSTON (AP) – Alexis Rios, Bengie Molina and Vernon Wells homered off David Wells in the left-hander’s first start of the season, and the Toronto 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Wells (0-1), who requested a trade during the winter then rescinded that request in spring training, was booed early and often after giving up three runs in the first, two in the second and two in the sixth.

The 42-year-old, coming off right knee surgery in the offseason, gave up seven runs, 10 hits, walked one and struck out one in four-plus innings.

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

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.

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.

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: 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 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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