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Wells’ blasts lead Blue Jays

Toronto batters Boston’s Beckett with five homers

May 31, 2006

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— Vernon Wells says he doesn't enjoy facing Josh Beckett. The results say otherwise.

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 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 is 6-for-12 with four home runs in his career against Beckett

"I'd rather miss him one of these times to be honest with you. It's not a fun at-bat," Wells said. "I'm going up there swinging early and often just to give myself a chance. He's supplying all the power. I just have to figure out how to put the bat on it."

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

Eight of his home runs have come against Boston.

Indians 4, White Sox 3

Cleveland - C.C. Sabathia finished a marvelous May by working six solid innings and Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer to lead Cleveland.

Rangers 6, Mariners 4

Arlington, Texas - Brad Wilkerson's grand slam highlighted a six-run third inning and Texas handed Seattle its season-high sixth straight loss.

Orioles 7, Devil Rays 5

Baltimore - Corey Patterson hit two solo homers, Miguel Tejada had one, and Baltimore handed Tampa Bay its season-high fifth straight loss.

Yankees 11, Tigers 6, 11 innings

Detroit - Jason Giambi's solo homer sparked a five-run 11th inning for New York.

Angels 6, Twins 3

Anaheim, Calif. - Jeff Weaver pitched seven solid innings, Juan Rivera hit a two-run homer to lead Los Angeles past Minnesota.

National League

Phillies 4, Nationals 2

Philadelphia - Brett Myers pitched eight strong innings and Bobby Abreu hit a three-run homer to lead Philadelphia over Washington.

Myers (4-2) allowed two runs and three hits, helping the Phillies win their third straight.

Marlins 5, Giants 3

Miami - Miguel Cabrera drove in four runs, including a three-run homer, and Brian Moehler pitched six solid innings to lead Florida.

The Giants played without Barry Bonds, who sat out because of a sore back.

Diamondbacks 7, Mets 2

New York - Eric Byrnes hit his third home run in two days and Conor Jackson added a three-run shot as Arizona beat New York.

Pirates 12, Brewers 1

Pittsburgh - Jose Castillo homered twice and finished with a career-high six RBIs to help Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee.

Padres 2, Rockies 0

San Diego - Chris Young took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before giving up a leadoff double to Brad Hawpe, and San Diego beat Colorado.

Young allowed just the one hit in eight innings and matched his career high with eight strikeouts.

Dodgers 8, Braves 3

Atlanta - Rookie Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer - his fourth - and drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single to lift Los Angeles over Atlanta.

Astros 6, Cardinals 3

St. Louis - Craig Biggio's two-run homer capped a five-run seventh inning, leading Houston over St. Louis.

Cubs 8, Reds 3

Chicago - Greg Maddux won for the first time this month, allowing seven hits and three runs in 52â3 innings, and Jacque Jones drove in four runs as Chicago beat Cincinnati.

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