Colon throws his third complete game of season


TORONTO (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians went from being swept to
completing a sweep because of dominant pitching.

Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hitter and the Indians beat the
Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Sunday for their third straight win at

"We dropped three in a row in Detroit, but our pitching showed
up big in this series,'' said Cleveland manager Charlie Manuel,
whose staff held Toronto to just three runs.

Colon (6-3) allowed only an unearned run in his third complete
game of the season. He struck out five and walked two.

"I threw about 92 percent fastballs,'' Colon said through an
interpreter. "Sometimes I go 50-50, but today was different.''

Colon said he thought the Blue Jays had a tough time picking up
the rotation on his fastball because the SkyDome roof was open and
the sky was bright.

Jim Thome hit his 11th homer as the Indians sent Toronto to its
fifth loss in six games.

"They threw some pretty good arms at us and they kept us in
check,'' Toronto's Dave Berg said.

Thome's homer off Luke Prokopec (2-7) gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead
in the second. Thome had not homered in his previous 11 games.

Colon didn't allow a hit until Vernon Wells singled with two
outs in the third. Shannon Stewart then singled and center fielder
Chris Magruder bobbled the ball for an error, allowing Wells to
reach third. Berg followed with an RBI single to tie it.

The Indians took the lead in the fifth after Prokopec walked
Russell Branyan and Magruder. After a balk, Einar Diaz was hit by a
pitch to load the bases.

Matt Lawton hit an RBI single and Omar Vizquel added a sacrifice
fly, giving Cleveland a 3-1 lead.

Branyan didn't expect the Indians to sweep Toronto.

"We got swept in Detroit so we were hoping to come in here and
get two out of three,'' Branyan said. "We got great pitching.''

Prokopec, acquired from Los Angeles in the offseason, fell to
0-5 at SkyDome this season. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed
three runs on five hits in six innings.

Prokopec said the team will miss left-handed reliever Dan
Plesac, who was traded to Philadelphia before the game for
right-hander Cliff Politte.

"Everyone was disappointed,'' Prokopec said. "He was like a
father figure.''

Game notes
The Blue Jays were swept in a three-game series for the
third time this season. ... Colon is now 3-2 with a 1.54 ERA in his
last seven starts. ... The Blue Jays have lost 12 of their last 17
games at SkyDome. ... Colon pitched his 14th career complete game.