Wells, Jays slam Sox


BOSTON (AP) – Vernon Wells hit a grand slam in a six-run second inning and Ted Lilly dominated Boston again, striking out 10 in seven innings on Thursday night to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-6 victory over the Red Sox.

Eric Hinske had three hits for the Blue Jays, who have won two in a row. Toronto outhit the Red Sox 12-7.

David Ortiz homered to make it 8-3 in the eighth; he has homered in three consecutive games since Boston signed him to a four-year, $52 million contract on Monday.

Lilly (1-0) gave up Mark Loretta’s double and then Ortiz’s single in the first for his only earned run before settling down and retiring 20 of his last 23 batters. He scattered six hits and did not allow a Red Sox runner to third base after the first inning.

Matt Clement (1-1) gave up seven runs and eight hits with four walks, striking out one in four-plus innings. Boston has lost two straight after winning five in a row.

Kevin Youkilis doubled in two runs in the ninth and Loretta added an RBI single to cut it to 8-6 before B.J. Ryan got Ortiz to fly out to pick up his third save.

Lilly won all three of his starts against the Red Sox last year, a season in which he went 10-11 with a 5.56 ERA, and the year before that he struck out 13 Boston batters in a 3-0 shutout. He has seven 10-strikeout games in his career, four of them against Boston.

His job got easier in the second, when Hinske singled, Greg Zaun doubled and Alex Rios singled to tie it at 1. Zaun got caught off the bag on Aaron Hill’s chopper to third, but Russ Adams singled in another run before Well’s homer to deep center field made it 6-1.

Hinske added an RBI single in the fifth to chase Clement, then Julian Tavarez made his Red Sox debut after serving a 10-day suspension for provoking a fight in spring training. He gave up back-to-back doubles by Adams and Frank Catalanotto in the sixth to give Toronto an 8-1 lead.

Notes: The attendance of 36,524 was the largest crowd at Fenway Park in more than 60 years, thanks to an expansion of the upper deck in the offseason. … Wells’ slam was the third of his career and Toronto’s first of the year. … Clement had not allowed a grand slam since 2000, when he allowed four. … Boston OF Trot Nixon could be back early next week after straining his groin in Tuesday’s home opener, manager Terry Francona said.

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