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Wells homers twice to lead Blue Jays over Orioles

TORONTO (AP) -- Alex Rios' strong start this season isn't a
fluke. Just ask teammate Vernon Wells.

Wells homered twice and Rios had three hits to help the Toronto
Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 on Wednesday night.

"It's fun to watch," Wells said of Rios. "He's coming into
his own. He's figuring out what he's capable of doing. I'm proud of
him. He's working hard and its paying off."

Rios hit his sixth home run, a two-run shot off Erik Bedard, in
the sixth. Wells followed with his first homer of the game off
Sendy Rleal to give Toronto a 6-2 lead.

Rios is platooning with Eric Hinske in right field, but he's
making it hard for Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to keep him on
the bench.

Rios went 3-for-4 with a walk, raising his average to .396. He
didn't hit his sixth home run last year until August 8. He finished
with 10 after hitting just one in his rookie season.

The Blue Jays finished with 13 hits.

"This is fun to be a part of. Everybody is swinging the bat
really well," Wells said.

Rios also was credited with a stolen base in the eighth despite
almost being picked off first. Wells followed Rios' steal with his
ninth homer of the season, giving Toronto a 8-2 lead. The Blue Jays
have won four of five.

Wells went 3-for-5, raising his average to .400. He has three
multihomer games this season and 12 in his career.

Wells' nine home runs are a career high for a month.

"Hopefully, this is just the start," said Wells, who has
struggled in April in past years.

Jeff Conine homered for the Orioles, who have lost four
straight.

Toronto starter Ted Lilly (2-1) became the third straight
left-hander to beat Baltimore. Lilly allowed two runs and six hits,
while striking out three and walking two in five innings.

"We are pretty hot. We're definitely a team I wouldn't want to
face as a pitcher," Lilly said. "I'm surprised when we don't get
two or three runners on in an inning."

Bedard (4-1) failed to become the majors' first five-game
winner. The left-hander gave up five runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3
innings.

"I left a lot of pitches down the middle of the plate," Bedard
said. "They are a good team and they hit them."

Jay Gibbons' RBI single gave Baltimore a 1-0 lead in the first,
but Toronto scored three runs in the second on shortstop Miguel
Tejada's throwing error, John McDonald's RBI double and Reed
Johnson's run-scoring grounder.

Conine hit a solo shot in the fifth, his third homer of the
season.

After Rios hit his towering homer into the second deck in left
in the sixth, Wells hit one over the center field wall. Toronto has
hit consecutive home runs three times this season.

Game notes
Toronto manager John Gibbons said RHP Casey Janssen will
replace injured RHP A.J. Burnett in the rotation on Thursday.
Janssen went 1-2 with a 4.05 ERA in four starts at Triple-A
Syracuse.