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Wells Wins MLB-Leading No. 16

Having watched Bartolo Colon strike out his first six batters, David Wells wanted to dominate.

Wells pitched a five-hitter to become the first 16-game winner in the major leagues this season, and Brad Fullmer homered twice Wednesday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 8-1.

"When he's on his game, he's pretty tough to beat, so I just had to go up there and put up goose eggs up, just like him," Wells said. "Hopefully, you wait him out, and that's what happened. We got to him, and he started getting frustrated out there, so I went out there more focused."

Colon (9-8) tied a Bob Feller's Indians record, set in 1938 against Detroit, by striking out his first six batters. Colon struggled after that, giving up a career-high four homers and allowing seven runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

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  • "When you get pitching duels like that it's great," Wells said. "When you get the support I got, it pushes you a little further. It made me want to stay out there and keep them off balance."

    Wells (16-3), winless in his previous two starts after defeating Montreal on July 8, pitched his league-leading fifth complete game of the season, improving to 13-3 against Cleveland in his career. He struck out 11, matching his season high, and walked one.

    He allowed his lone run in the sixth, when Alex Ramirez reached on an infield single and scored on a double by Einar Diaz.

    "After he saw Colon strike out the first six, Boomer reached back," Toronto manager Jim Fregosi said.

    Fullmer had the second multihomer game of his career, raising his season total to 20. The Blue Jays have five players with 20 or more homers for the first time in franchise history.

    "We have the best offense in the majors," Fullmer said. "We've been consistent all year. We have a lot of guys who can hit the ball a long way."

    Shannon Stewart led off the fourth with a homer, and Fullmer hit a two-run drive later in the inning.

    "After Stewart hit that homer, Colon got away from the strike zone," Cleveland manager Charlie Manuel said.

    Darrin Fletcher's leadoff homer in the fifth made it 4-0. Carlos Delgado led off the sixth with a double, and Fullmer homered for a 6-0 lead.

    Toronto added two runs in the sixth off Jaime Navarro on Gonzalez's RBI double and Stewart's run-scoring single.

    Notes

  • Wells is 12-1 following a Toronto loss.
  • Wells has 41 complete games in his career.
  • Fullmer had his first two-homer game of the season.
  • Before Fullmer's fourth-inning homer, Toronto had hit 14 straight solo shots.
  • Blue Jays RF Raul Mondesi missed his fourth straight game because of a sore right elbow. Mondesi will travel to Los Angeles to visit Dr. Frank Jobe on Thursday for a second opinion.
  • Wells has only walked 22 batters this season.
  • The AL record for strikeouts to start a game is seven by Joe Cowley, who did it for the Chicago White Sox on May 28, 1986. The modern major league record of eight was set by Jim Deshaies in 1986.

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