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Wells, Koskie, Hillenbrand hit consecutive homers

TORONTO (AP) -- Gregg Zaun thinks the Toronto Blue Jays will do
just fine without Carlos Delgado in their lineup.

Zaun hit a grand slam to spark a six-run eighth inning, and
Vernon Wells, Corey Koskie and Shea Hillenbrand hit consecutive
homers in the third to lead the Blue Jays over the Red Sox 12-5
Saturday.

"Guys are getting good at-bats," Zaun said. "We don't have a
Sosa, McGwire or even a Delgado anymore, but two guys like
Hillenbrand and Koskie could hit 25 a piece to make up for that."

After 12 seasons and 336 home runs for Toronto, Delgado signed
with Florida as a free agent in the offseason.

Wells, Koskie and Hillenbrand each homered to left off David Wells for Toronto's first back-to-back-to-back homers since 2001.

"You thought (Wells) would be able to come back and make that
adjustment (after the first home run)," Boston interim manager
Brad Mills said. "But I have to tip my hat to him, he really made
some adjustments after and pitched well."

The Red Sox dropped to 2-1 since Terry Francona was hospitalized
Wednesday after experiencing chest pains. He is expected to return
for Monday's home opener at Fenway Park, when the Red Sox receive
their World Series rings.

David Wells (0-2) struggled in his second straight start, giving
up six runs in 6 1/3 innings. He was also hit hard on opening day
against the New York Yankees, allowing 10 hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"If you dont make the pitches thats what happens -- you give up
runs," said Wells, who has a 8.44 ERA this season. "You've got to
get the bad ones out of the way, I guess."

Zaun hit his first home run of the season off reliever Blaine
Neal over the right-field fence to help the Blue Jays bounce back
from a series-opening loss Friday.

"I got a pitch up in the strike zone and I was waiting for it.
I've started to learn that the less greedy I am, the better off I
am," said Zaun, who was 2-for-4 with five RBI.

Hillenbrand and Alex Rios each had three of the Jays' 16 hits,
and Koskie scored three runs. Jason Frasor (1-0) picked up the win
after pitching 1 1/3 innings in relief.

Frank Catalanotto, pinch-hitting for outfielder Reed Johnson
with runners on first and second in the seventh inning, broke a
5-all tie with a single to left off reliever Matt Mantei to score
Rios.

David Ortiz pulled Boston to 5-4 with his second homer, a
three-run shot off Roy Halladay in the sixth.

Halladay was having a solid outing until Ortizs homer, and ended
up allowing five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.

"I left the ball over the plate, but other than that I felt
pretty good about it," Halladay said. "Its tough to come back and
score runs but we did and got a big win."

The Red Sox tied it at 5 in the seventh on a close play at
second base. Halladay was pulled after Jay Paytons leadoff single.
Reliever Scott Schoeneweis loaded the bases, then got Trot Nixon to
ground into a potential inning-ending double play but Blue Jays first baseman Eric Hinske's throw to second pulled shortstop John McDonald off the bag.

Mark Bellhorn slid safely into second and Payton scored the
tying run. Toronto manager John Gibbons came out to argue.

The Blue Jays opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the
second inning. Koskie scored on Hinske's grounder, and Zauns single
scored Hillenbrand.

Nixon broke out of a 1-for-11 slump with a RBI single in the
third, scoring Ramon Vazquez.

Game notes
LHP Ted Lilly (shoulder) is scheduled to start Sunday,
marking his first appearance of the season.

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