Wells tied career highs with two homers and five RBIs in the Blue Jays’ 9-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
“I think last night Jamie was totally a different character. His style of pitching is totally different than Ryan’s is,” Wells said. “Tonight we did a good job of doing what we needed to do.”
The Mariners lost despite getting a season-high 16 hits and outhitting the Blue Jays, who had 13. Seattle left a season-high 14 runners on base.
Wells hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning off Franklin (2-7) and had a two-run homer off Franklin in the third to help Chad Gaudin win his Toronto debut.
“He made some mistakes and we hit them,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said of Franklin. “It wasn’t anything more than that.”
The 22-year-old Gaudin (1-0), acquired from Tampa Bay in December, was taken out after pitching five innings and leading 7-2 in his eighth major league start. He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.
Gaudin said he wasn’t going to lose the game after being handed a 5-0 lead in the opening inning.
“You know five runs in the first inning is just a big cushion,” he said. “Any time you get that kind of run support, you’re going to go out there and feel comfortable.”
Franklin blamed himself for the first inning.
“There was nothing I could do,” he said. “There was nothing I could do. Everything was just flat in the first.”
Trailing by six runs entering the ninth, the Mariners made it close. Jeremy Reed had an RBI single and Willie Bloomquist had a two-run double off Scott Schoeneweis to pull to 9-6. Ichiro Suzuki added a run-scoring grounder off Miguel Batista, who got three outs for his ninth save.
Despite giving $114 million to free agents Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson this winter, the Mariners have been outhomered 62-37 this season. They were last in the AL in homers in 2004, when they had 136. They’re on a pace to hit 118 in 2005.
“They scored seven of their nine runs on home runs tonight,” Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. “We didn’t pitch well enough to have a chance to win.”
In the third, Wells homered again into the Toronto bullpen for his 11th homer of 2005. The runs were unearned because rookie catcher Rene Rivera dropped Wells’ pop foul near the backstop screen that was ruled an error.
“I got a second chance there in my second at-bat and luckily made the best of it,” Wells said. “Actually, I was hoping I didn’t strike out.”
Gaudin, who threw 93 pitches, appeared in 41 games with Tampa Bay in 2003 and 2004. He had a 3-2 record before being acquired in a trade by Toronto. He was called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.
Beltre had a two-run double for the Mariners in the fifth. Rivera, who went 3-for-5 for his first major league hits in his first major league start at catcher, had an RBI single in the eighth.
Franklin was ejected by plate umpire Jim Wolf when he hit Reed Johnson—the fourth batter after Wells homered in the third inning—with the first pitch in the left shoulder.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Franklin said of his ejection. “It was my first one ever in my life. Obviously, my control wasn’t like it has been on other nights.”
In 2 2-3 innings, Franklin gave up seven runs—five earned—on 10 hits, with no walks and one strikeout.
Wells hit two homers in a game for the ninth time in his career and his second this season. He had five RBIs in a game for the third time in his career. … Franklin tied his shortest start, last accomplished April 25, 2004, at Texas. … Mike Morse, who will be the new starting shortstop for the Mariners, made his major league debut and struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. He then went into the game at SS. Morse was called up from Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday. Morse walked in the ninth when he got up to the plate again and scored his first major league run.