Wells powers Blue Jays


TORONTO (AP) – Vernon Wells hit three homers for the first time in his career and Troy Glaus homered twice to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Wells and Glaus hit back-to-back homers in the first off Josh Beckett (7-2), who had won his previous four starts. They got Beckett again with solo homers, Wells in the third and Glaus, his 17th, in the fifth. It was the fourth multihomer game of the season for both.

Wells then added a solo shot – his 15th – off David Riske in the eighth. Wells went 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

It was first time two Toronto players had multihomer games together since Carlos Delgado hit three and Raul Mondesi hit two on April 20, 2001, at Kansas City.

Toronto improved to 7-3 against Boston this season, all the losses coming when the recently demoted Josh Towers pitched. Gustavo Chacin (6-1), who came off the 15-day disabled list earlier Tuesday, allowed two runs and four hits and walked four in five innings. Chacin made his first start since May 10, when he strained his elbow and forearm against Oakland. B.J. Ryan pitched 1 1-3 innings for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Beckett had one of his worst starts of the season, allowing seven runs and a season-high 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

The Red Sox got within 7-5 in the sixth on a solo homer by Trot Nixon, a run-scoring wild pitch by Scott Downs and a bases loaded walk to Manny Ramirez. Jason Frasor relieved and got Jason Varitek to ground out to first with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Boston put two runners on in the eighth, but Justin Speier struck out Ramirez for the second out before Ryan struck out Varitek.

Toronto manager John Gibbons said he made a mistake when he didn’t replace Speier with Ryan to face Varitek in the eighth inning on Monday night. Varitek hit a tying, three-run homer off Speier but Toronto won on a run in the bottom of the inning.

After Wells hit a two-run homer in the first, Glaus hit a solo shot to give Toronto a 2-1 lead. It was the fifth time Toronto hit back-to-back homers this season. Wells homered in the third and Edgardo Alfonzo hit an RBI grounder in the fourth. Glaus led off the fifth with a homer and Aaron Hill added an RBI single in the inning to give Toronto a 7-2 lead.

Notes: Toronto C Bengie Molina left in the fifth after getting hit on the right hand by a pitch. … RHP David Pauley will start for Boston on Wednesday. Pauley went 2-3 with a 2.39 ERA in 10 starts with Double-A Portland.

“It’s a pretty significant jump. If I just stick to how I know how to pitch I think I will be all right,” Pauley said.

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