Thomas' Slam Sinks Red Sox

Jays sweep weekend series from defending champs
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2008 5:32 PM CDT
Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett throws against the Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Sunday, April 6 2008.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, J.P. Moczulski)
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(Newser) – Josh Beckett's first start of the season failed to send Boston home with a win. Frank Thomas hit his 11th career grand slam, Vernon Wells added a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 7-4 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of the World Series champions. Boston went 3-4 on its opening three-nation, 16,000-mile trip.

With the score 2-all in the fifth, Aaron Hill singled with two outs and Beckett walked Alex Rios and Vernon Wells. Manny Delcarmen relieved and sent Delcarmen's first pitch into the left-field stands for his second homer this season and second in as many days. Beckett gave up five runs, three hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings, striking out six.