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Boo-birds taunt Wells as Blue Jays pound Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays made Boomer hear the boos.

Alexis Rios, Bengie Molina and Vernon Wells homered off David
Wells in the left-hander's first start of the season, and the Blue
Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-4 on Wednesday night.

Wells (0-1), who requested a trade during the winter then
rescinded that request in spring training, was booed early and
often after giving up three runs in the first, two in the second
and two in the sixth.

"I just have to go out there and try to keep my team on the
ballgame," Wells said, "and if you don't then you're going to get
that, especially me. But that's fine and I can deal with it. I have
been in worse places."

After going 15-7 last season, Wells expressed his discomfort
with "a lack of privacy" that he feels playing in Boston.

On Wednesday, the fans didn't show much patience for the
42-year-old, coming off right knee surgery in the offseason. He up
seven runs, 10 hits, walked one and struck out one in four-plus
innings, and was booed loudly when he was yanked in the fifth.

"He just made a couple of mistakes. They weren't good pitches
at all," Molina said. "He left a couple up and right down the
middle."

Rios had a two-run homer and a career-best four RBI for the
Blue Jays, who collected a season-high 16 hits.

"Sometimes when pitchers make mistakes they get away with them,
but tonight we put good swings on the ball," Vernon Wells said.
"Going up against a pitcher like Boomer, you've got to score runs
whenever you can get them."

Dustin Mohr had a two-run homer, and David Ortiz and Wily Mo
Pena had solo shots for Boston. The loss spoiled Boston's chance to
match its best start in 86 years, dropping its record to 6-2.

Toronto starter Gustavo Chacin (2-0) benefited from a 5-0 lead
after two innings, allowing three runs on five hits in five
innings.

"Gus battled through it," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
"I think he'd rather pitch in a tight game. He doesn't like the
comfortable lead."

Three relievers held the Red Sox to one run and two hits before
B.J Ryan pitched the ninth.

The Blue Jays jumped right on David Wells from the start when
Rios homered into the first row of the Monster Seats on the fourth
pitch of the game. Two outs later, Molina homered over the seats in
left, making it 3-0.

"I don't think he feels like he's 20-years old anymore," Red
Sox manager Terry Francona said of Wells. "I'm sure there is some
creakiness. He had pretty good surgery. I don't think that is why
he is going to say he left pitches over the plate."

Wells, booed when he left the mound in the first, heard more
boos after he gave up an RBI double to Rios and run-scoring single
to Vernon Wells in the second.

The Red Sox cut it 5-2 in the fourth on Mohr's two-run homer,
but the Blue Jays chased David Wells and added a pair of runs in
the fifth. Vernon Wells homered leading off and Troy Glaus singled.
Molina greeted reliever Lenny DiNardi with a single. Aaron Hill's
two-out RBI double made it 7-2.

Ortiz's third homer of the season, and second in as many days,
made it 7-3 in the fifth. Pena added his solo shot to center in the
sixth.

Rios' sacrifice fly made it 8-4 in the eighth.

Game notes
The seven runs Wells allowed were the most since seven last
May 18 in 1 1-3 inings in Oakland. ... Glaus walked gingerly to the
dugout after striking out swinging in the sixth, but batted and
fanned in the eighth. ... Boston turned a pair of nice defensive
plays. SS Alex Gonzalez went deep into the hole on Wells' grounder
in the first, and 2B Mark Loretta ranged up the middle on Reed
Johnson's grounder in the fourth. ... The Red Sox had received at
least six innings per start in six of their first seven games. ...
Boston 3B Mike Lowell, who went 4-for-4 on opening day, doubled and
walked his first two times up before flying out. ... Ortiz has 21
homers against the Blue Jays, his most against any opponent.