Sox fall to Jays in 12


TORONTO (AP) – Lyle Overbay doubled in the winning run in the 12th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays overcame Manny Ramirez’s first two homers of the season for a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Down 6-2 in the eighth, Boston starter Josh Beckett plunked Aaron Hill with his first pitch of the inning, prompting a warning from plate umpire Jeff Kellogg. Toronto’s Jason Frasor hit Alex Gonzalez with a pitch in the top half.

After Beckett nailed Hill, Russ Adams homered. One batter later, Vernon Wells chased Beckett with his second homer of the game, cutting Boston’s lead to 6-5.

Mike Timlin relieved and allowed a tying home to Troy 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 slid headfirst for the winning run.

Justin Speier (1-0) pitched two innings for the victory.

But the victory could come at a price for the Blue Jays because starter A.J. Burnett left 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, Alabama.

The scar tissue is left over from elbow ligament replacement surgery three years ago.

Burnett was a key piece of Toronto’s offseason overhaul. The Blue Jays also added closer B.J. Ryan, catcher Bengie Molina and sluggers Glaus and Overbay.

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 Schoweneweis 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.

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.

Notes: Ramirez has 201 home runs with Boston, just the fourth player in team history to reach 200 homers. … Ramirez has 49 career homers against Toronto – the most by an opponent. … Burnett threw 78 pitches. He threw 95 in his first start. … Beckett has thrown seven innings in each of his four outings this season. … Burnett allowed three runs on five hits in four innings against Boston. He lost his first start of the season, allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings of a 4-2 loss to Chicago on April 15. … Wells has 11 multihomer games in his career. His last was April 7, versus Tampa Bay.

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