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Davis wins first start with Blue Jays

5/3/2003

TORONTO (AP) -- Doug Davis hasn't stopped smiling since the
Toronto Blue Jays claimed him off waivers last Wednesday.

Davis won his first start with Toronto and Vernon Wells hit a
grand slam as the Blue Jays beat the Anaheim Angels 7-1 on Saturday.

"I'm very satisfied. I couldn't be happier to be here,'' said
Davis, who jumped up and down when he was told he was claimed. "I
needed a fresh start. It feels great.''

The 27-year-old left-hander allowed one run on eight hits in six
innings for his first win since May 3, 2002, at Cleveland. Davis
spent seven years in the Rangers organization before being
designated for assignment April 27.

"I really didn't think I had a big opportunity in Texas for the
last two years,'' Davis said. "They gave a small window where I
had to perform lights out, otherwise they weren't going to give me
a chance.''

Davis gave up four runs on four hits and four walks against the
New York Yankees in his only start for Texas this season. He has a
career record of 22-21 in 74 games, including 55 starts.

"We didn't know what to expect and he pitched a great game,''
acting manager John Gibbons said. "He definitely showed the team
something today.''

Toronto manager Carlos Tosca missed Friday's and Saturday's
games so he can attend his daughter's graduation. The Blue Jays won
their third straight game.

David Eckstein homered in the sixth for the only run off Davis
(1-0). Davis struck out one and walked one.

His effort came after Roy Halladay threw seven strong innings
Thursday and Cory Lidle pitched a three-hitter on Friday. The Blue
Jays entered the game with an AL-high 5.80 ERA.

"Doug did a good job of mixing up his pitches. We took some
hacks today, but we didn't score any runs,'' Eckstein said.

Wells drove in a career-high five runs and tied a career best
for hits by going 4-for-4. Wells also made a nice running catch at
the warning track in the second.

"I enjoy fielding as much as I do hitting,'' Wells said.

Anaheim starter Scot Shields (1-1) allowed two runs on seven
hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Eckstein, who went 1-for-4, blamed himself for the loss.

"It's all on me right now. I'm not doing my job at the plate,''
Eckstein said. "My job is to get on base and I haven't been doing
that.''

Frank Catalanotto's sacrifice fly and Wells' RBI single gave
Toronto a 2-0 lead in the third.

Angels reliever Ben Weber allowed three straight singles to Mike
Bordick, Shannon Stewart and Frank Catalanotto in the seventh
before Wells hit a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall, giving
Toronto a 6-1 lead.

Wells hit his second grand slam of the season. He hit his first
one April 9 at Boston.

Eric Hinske's sacrifice's fly made it 7-1.

Game notes
Anaheim's Tim Salmon extended his hitting streak to a
career-high 20 games with a single in the fourth. ... Actor Colin
Farrell threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Attendance was
21,007. ... The Blue Jays have allowed just two runs in the last
two games.