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Wells keeps up hot start for Jays

Associated Press / April 9, 2010

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Vernon Wells kicked off his comeback tour with a homer display in his hometown.

Wells hit his fourth homer in three games and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for three runs in the ninth inning against closer Frank Francisco to beat the Rangers, 3-1, yesterday in Arlington, Texas.

Wells is coming off a disappointing season which could be blamed in part on a nagging wrist problem. He finished with 15 homers and 66 RBIs, his fewest in each category since becoming a regular in 2002.

Wells became the first Blue Jay to homer in each of the first three games of the season. He went 6 for 10 and drove in seven runs to help the Blue Jays take two of three.

“When you’re hitting home runs, they come in bunches,’’ Wells said.

Rangers starter C.J. Wilson struck out nine and allowed five hits over seven innings in his return to the rotation, but Francisco failed in his first save opportunity of the season.

Twins 10, Angels 1 — Brendan Harris hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and Jim Thome drove in three with his 565th home run in visiting Minnesota’s rout.

The Twins took three of four against the Angels, whose start is their worst since starting 0-4 in 1992.

Delmon Young capped a four-run ninth against Fernando Rodney with a three-run homer — the ninth already this season for the Twins, who have homered in each of their first four games for the first time since 1997.

Reds 2, Cardinals 1 — Jonny Gomes delivered a walkoff solo homer for Cincinnati, connecting off St. Louis reliever Jason Motte with one out in the ninth.

Bronson Arroyo went the first eight innings for Cincinnati, holding down a lineup that scored 17 runs in the first two games. Matt Holliday hit his first homer for the Cardinals, who finished with only four hits. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

Dodgers 10, Pirates 2 — Ronnie Belliard homered among three extra-base hits and drove in four runs, helping visiting Los Angeles avoid getting swept in a three-game series by Pittsburgh for the first time in 10 years.

The Dodgers didn’t start five regulars, including Andre Ethier (sore left ankle) and Manny Ramirez (day off), but still got 16 hits off four pitchers. Reed Johnson doubled among three hits and scored twice, and Matt Kemp, James Loney, and Garret Anderson drove in two runs each.

Tigers 7, Royals 3 — Miguel Cabrera drove in four runs, including a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth as visiting Detroit rallied against Kansas City’s bullpen for the third straight game.

The Tigers’ Dontrelle Willis walked two batters in the first inning but none over the next five in his first start since June 14. The lefthander allowed two runs on seven hits, with four strikeouts.

Nationals 6, Phillies 5 — Ryan Zimmerman drove in the winning run with a blooper to right in the seventh, and Washington avoided a three-game sweep at home.

Marlins 3, Mets 1 — Jorge Cantu hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the fifth and Gaby Sanchez doubled home another run an inning later as Florida took the final two games of the series in New York.

Cubs 2, Braves 0 — Randy Wells and four relievers combined in an eight-hit shutout, and visiting Chicago got solo homers from Tyler Colvin and Marlon Byrd.

Athletics 6, Mariners 2 — Brett Anderson took a shutout into the seventh and Daric Barton had a career-high four RBIs as host Oakland improved to 3-1.

Indians 5, White Sox 3 — Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking, two-out single in the top of the 11th and Grady Sizemore drove in three runs to propel Cleveland.

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