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Wells Wins 150th, Tops Twins

David Wells planned to celebrate his 150th win as if it were just any other.

Wells matched his season high with 9 strikeouts as the Toronto Blue Jays stopped the Minnesota Twins' four-game winning streak, 4-2 Wednesday night.

"I'll do what I always do," he said. "I've got four days to recoup."

Wells (9-2) allowed eight hits in eight-plus innings and walked none. Cristian Guzman's two-out homer in the eighth drove in Minnesota's first run.

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  • Wells, who pitched a perfect game against Minnesota in 1998, became the AL's first nine-game winner and upped his career record to 150-101. He has won eight straight decisions against the Twins, improving to 14-5 against them, and has won eight of his last nine starts overall.

    Toronto manager Jim Fregosi thinks Wells is having a great start because of an improved attitude. Wells was devastated after being traded from his beloved Yankees in February 1999.

    "I think his mental outlook is much better this year right from the start," Fregosi said. "He's been spectacular for us."

    Wells said he's completely over the trade.

    "I wanted to retire as a Yankee, but stuff happens and I'm going to retire as a Blue Jay, and be just as happy," he said.

    Billy Koch relieved with two on in the ninth, allowed a two-out RBI single to Midre Cummings, then retired Denny Hocking on a grounder with to on for 11th save in 14 chances.

    "Billy gave me the ball and I told him to keep it," Wells said.

    Brad Radke (3-6) pitched a six-hitter in his second complete game. Radke didn't walk anybody, either.

    "I'm skinny, he's fat," Radke said. "Everybody goes about it differently."

    Carlos Delgado hit his 18th homer, a two-run drive in the first. Rookie Chris Woodward hit his rst major league home run, a two-run shot off Radke in the eighth.


  • Wednesday was Twin night at SkyDome. The first 107 sets of twins received free tickets.
  • Wells has beaten the opposing team's No. 1 pitcher eight times.
  • Toronto hit 43 homers in May, a team record for the month.
  • Five other Blue Jays have more RBIs than Raul Mondesi, who bats third in the lineup. Mondesi, acquired from Los Angeles in the Shawn Green deal, has 27 RBIs.
  • Toronto 3B Tony Batista is day to day with a strained rib cage. His consecutive games streak ended at 151.

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