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Toronto is 3-9 at SkyDome

5/6/2004

TORONTO (AP) -- After almost doubling his RBI total for the
season with just one productive game, Vernon Wells thinks his early-season slump is over.

Wells homered twice and tied a career high with five RBI and
Roy Halladay pitched seven strong innings on three days' rest,
leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Wells, who entered hitting just .228 with one home run and seven
RBI, hit an RBI grounder in the first, a three-run homer in the
second and a solo shot in the fourth for Toronto.

"I've been swinging the bat better over the last few days,"
Wells said. "I'm seeing the ball a lot better."

Wells led the majors with 215 hits last season, finishing with a
.317 average with 33 home runs and 117 RBI.

"He's a well-above average player, but he hasn't been Vernon
Wells, and I know it's been eating at him," Toronto manager Carlos
Tosca said.

Staked to a 7-0 lead in the second, Halladay (3-3) won his third
straight start, allowing three runs on 11 hits, striking out
four and walking none in seven innings. He's 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA
when pitching on three days' rest, including 3-0 in three starts
last season.

"I like doing it," he said. "My location is good. My stuff is
the same, but sometimes you hit a wall a little sooner."

Toronto improved to 3-9 at SkyDome, still the worst home record in the
majors.

Brian Anderson (1-3) lost his third straight start for the
Royals, losers of 16 of 20 overall. Their 2-12 road mark also is
the worst in the major leagues.

"It's tough when you know you're better than the way you
played," Kansas City manager Tony Pena said. "It's tough to
swallow."

The Blue Jays took a 7-0 lead in the second as they sent nine to
the plate. They scored on consecutive RBI doubles by Kevin Cash and
Orlando Hudson, Reed Johnson's sacrifice fly, and Wells' three-run
homer.

Wells hit a solo shot and Josh Phelps chased Anderson in the
fifth with a two-run homer, giving Toronto a 10-0 lead.

Anderson allowed 10 runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits in four-plus
innings.

Matt Stairs homered for the Royals in the sixth, making it 10-1.

Kansas City added two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles by
Joe Randa and Carlos Beltran.

Game notes
The Royals committed three errors and allowed four unearned
runs. ... The attendance was just 14,103. ... Wells has five
multihomer games in his career. He last hit two homers on July 21,
2003, at New York. He previously had five RBI on May 3, 2003, vs.
Anaheim. ... Kansas City reliever Mike MacDougal hit Wells with a
pitch in the eighth. ... The Royals are 4-16 against right-handed
starters.