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Wells' slam highlights nine-run 4th as Jays rout Rangers

TORONTO (AP) -- Vernon Wells is responding to Toronto general
manager J.P. Ricciardi's critical comments with his play on the
field.

Wells hit a grand slam in a nine-run fourth inning to lead the
Blue Jays over the Texas Rangers 10-1 Monday night.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus missed
Monday night's 10-2 victory over the Texas Rangers with a sore
right knee.

Glaus likely will miss at least one more game, Toronto manager
John Gibbons said.

Gibbons said before and after the game that Glaus received a
cortisone shot. However, Blue Jays spokesman Jay Stenhouse later
claimed Glaus did not receive one.

The All-Star left Sunday's game in the third inning after
running gingerly to first on a grounder. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound
Glaus has tendinitis in his knee.

"I think it's just normal wear and tear," Gibbons said.

Glaus is hitting .242 with 24 home runs and 62 RBI.

-- Associated Press

Ricciardi criticized his team just before the All-Star break,
saying his three, four and five hitters were killing the team.
Wells objected to the comments when asked about it at the All-Star
game.

Wells is 6-for-17 (.352) with two home runs and six RBI in four
games since the break.

"It was a good night for everybody," Wells said.

Reed Johnson and Lyle Overbay also homered for the Blue Jays,
who have won three straight after losing six of nine.

Toronto sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth, tying a
season high for runs in an inning. Eric Hinske and John McDonald
each drove in a run, Wells hit his fourth career grand slam and
Overbay added a two-run homer off loser John Koronka (6-6). Second
baseman Ian Kinsler's throwing error also led to a run.

The Blue Jays poured it on despite missing slugger Troy Glaus
and designated hitter Shea Hillenbrand. Glaus has a sore right knee
and Hillenbrand is with his family because they adopted a child.

"It's kind of nice to be able to breakout and get some
consistent hitting in key situations," Overbay said.

Ted Lilly (9-8) yielded one run and seven hits in eight innings
for the Blue Jays. He struck out two and walked two.

"Our offense went through a stretch where they didn't swing it
like we usually do, but they know that's not going to continue,"
Lilly said.

Johnson homered in the third, and was hit by a pitch in his next
two at-bats.

Lilly threw behind Mark Teixeira in the sixth, prompting plate
umpire Larry Young to warn both dugouts.

"I thought it was intentional," Lilly said of Johnson being
plunked. "If I happen to hit [Mark], I wouldn't feel too guilty
about it. It's part of the game."

Koronka allowed 11 hits and a career-high nine runs in just 3
2/3 innings, tying a season high for runs allowed by a Texas
pitcher. He struck out one and didn't walk a batter.

Seven of the runs he allowed in the fourth came with two outs,
including Wells' second grand slam of the season.

"Today was a bad all around game for us. We didn't pitch well,
we played bad defense. It was probably one of the worst games we've
played," shortstop Michael Young said. "I'm going to throw it in
the garbage can and look forward to tomorrow."

Gerald Laird had two hits and an RBI for the Rangers. He singled
in Young in the fourth to tie it at 1.

Texas has been held to three or fewer runs in 12 of its last 18
games. The Rangers have scored four runs in their last four games.

"Four runs in four days is obviously not going to get it
done," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

Texas right fielder Jerry Hairston Jr. went 0-for-4, lowering
his average to .212.

"The way I hit today my sister could have got me out,"
Hairston said.

Game Notes
The Blue Jays disinfected both clubhouses over the All-Star
break after two Toronto players, Alex Rios and Ty Taubenheim, came
down with staph infections. The Rangers had some concerns about the
visiting clubhouse. ... U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins
visited Toronto's clubhouse before the game.