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Wells Racks Up Win No. 15


David Wells became the majors' first 15-game winner, and Raul Mondesi hit a three-run homer to power the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-3 win over the Montreal Expos on Saturday night.

Wells (15-2) won his eighth straight decision to become just the second pitcher since 1988 following Pedro Martinez last season to reach 15 wins before the All-Star break.

Wells, the likely All-Star game starter, allowed five hits and three runs in seven innings to stop Montreal's three-game winning streak.

Mondesi hit his 22nd homer as Toronto scored four in the fourth to chase Tony Armas Jr. (4-6). Jose Cruz Jr. hit his 20th homer in the seventh as the Blue Jays became the first team in major league history to have four hitters with 20 or more home runs before the All-Star break.

Mondesi recorded 10 of Toronto's 12 outfield putouts in the game.

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  • Wells struck out three and walked three. He has walked just 18 batters in 128 1-3 innings this season.

    Billy Koch pitched the last two innings for his 20th save in 24 opportunities.

    Armas retired the first nine batters before walking Shannon Stewart to lead off the fourth. Homer Bush singled and Mondesi hit his 22nd homer to make it 3-0.

    Carlos Delado doubled off the left-field wall and, one out later, Darrin Fletcher hit an RBI single to make it 4-0 and chase Armas.

    Montreal scored twice in the bottom half on RBI grounders by Chris Widger and Mike Mordecai to cut the lead to 4-2.

    Felipe Lira, who relieved Armas, hit his first career homer leading off the fifth to draw Montreal to within one at 4-3.

    Cruz hit a solo homer off reliever Anthony Telford to put Toronto ahead 5-3 and added an RBI double in the eighth off Scott Forster.

    Armas allowed four hits and four runs in 3 1-3 innings. He struck out two and walked one.

    Notes

  • Wells is 14-1 since splitting his first two decisions of the season.
  • Wells won a career-best nine straight in 1998 with the New York Yankees.
  • Delgado (28) and Tony Batista (24) also have at least 20 homers for Toronto.
  • The major league record for putouts by a right fielder in one game is 11, shared by many and most recently accomplished by Armas' father, Oakland's Tony Armas on June 12, 1982. The record for putouts by any outfielder in one game is 12.
  • Mondesi also had 10 putouts for Los Angeles on Sept. 25, 1995.
  • ... SS Alex Gonzalez missed his second straight start with a strained right groin.
  • LF Rondell White didn't start after leaving Friday's game with a strained right hamstring following the sixth inning.
  • Lira got a curtain call from the crowd of 17,420 following his home run.

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