The Jays nearly overcame a poor outing by veteran righty A.J. Burnett, who allowed six earned runs in two-plus innings, in a seven-run eighth. Aaron Hill came through with a two-run homer, and Vernon Wells contributed two RBIs. Pinch-hitter Jason Smith delivered a three-run triple.
Curtis Granderson smacked a grand slam in an eight-run third inning, finishing with five RBIs. Carlos Guillen and Craig Monroe each had two RBIs. Southpaw starter Nate Robertson yielded two runs in 5 2/3 solid frames.
a-Tripled for Clayton in the 8th. 1-Ran for Zaun in the 9th.
BATTING 2B: Overbay (2, Rodney), Wells (1, Rodney). 3B: Smith (1, Grilli). HR: Hill (1, 6th inning off Robertson, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Johnson 2; Overbay 3; Wells 3; Thomas 2; Glaus 2; Rios 2; Hill 5; Zaun; Smith 3. RBI: Hill 2 (2), Zaun (1), Smith 3 (3), Johnson (1), Wells 2 (3). 2-out RBI: Hill 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zaun; Wells; Glaus; Johnson. GIDP: Rios. Team LOB: 10.
BASERUNNING SB: Wells (2, 3rd base off Rodney/Rodriguez).