ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Travis Hafner hated to leave Anaheim so much, he was the last guy out of the shower in the Cleveland Indians' clubhouse.
Hafner hit three homers to match a major league record with five
in two games, leading the Indians to a 14-5 rout of the Anaheim
Angels on Tuesday.
"Hitting three home runs is pretty special because it doesn't
happen very often -- especially to me," said Hafner, who had a
three-homer game in Double-A ball and another in college. "I guess
I can enjoy this one on the plane ride."
Hafner, who went deep in the third, fifth and ninth, was the
second player to hit three home runs Tuesday, joining St. Louis
slugger Albert Pujols.
He had two homers and five RBI in Monday night's 8-5 victory --
including a go-ahead, three-run shot in the 10th against Troy Percival.
"This is just a place that I'm really comfortable playing in
and it's got a good backdrop," Hafner said. "I see the ball
pretty good here and I was able to put some good swings on the
Hafner's six RBI gave him 11 in the two-game series, tying Earl
Averill's franchise record for a two-game span. Averill did it in a
doubleheader against the Washington Senators on Sept. 17, 1930.
The last time two major league players hit three homers on the
same day was Aug. 10, 2002, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
That day, Sammy Sosa connected three times for the Chicago Cubs at
Coors Field, and Philadelphia's Mike Lieberthal did it in Los
Twenty-six players have hit five homers in a two-game span, a
feat accomplished 28 times in all. Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner and
Mark McGwire each did it twice. The last Cleveland player to do it
was Manny Ramirez, on Sept. 15-16, 1998.
It was the second three-homer game by an Indians player this
season. Victor Martinez did it Friday at Seattle, when Cleveland
tied a franchise mark with eight home runs.
Cleveland hit six Tuesday against the Angels, including solo
shots by John McDonald and Coco Crisp and a three-run drive by
Martinez in the eighth. The Indians have homered in a season-high
eight straight games and have hit 23 during this stretch.
Hafner raised his home run total this season to 17, three more
than he hit as a rookie last year. His two drives off Jarrod Washburn (10-5) and a solo shot in the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez made him the seventh player to hit three homers in a game
"I don't think Travis is a streak hitter," McDonald said.
"I've been watching his at-bats all year, so I've seen his
patience at the plate, the pitches he swings at and the pitches he
doesn't swing at.
"He's hit a lot of balls hard and made a lot of solid outs, so
he's been a very consistent hitter all year. He's definitely a big
lift in the middle of our lineup, and he lifts the guys around
All-Star Jake Westbrook (7-5) won for the first time in seven starts since June 14, when he beat Baltimore 14-0 with a
four-hitter. The right-hander was charged with five runs and 10
hits in seven-plus innings after being staked to a 10-1 lead
"It helps a lot because it allows you to go after guys and be
aggressive, which is the way I like to pitch, anyway," Westbrook
Washburn allowed 10 runs -- nine earned -- and a career-worst 13
hits in 5 1/3 innings. It was the second time in four starts that
the left-hander gave up four home runs. The Oakland Athletics did
it against him July 1 in a 7-3 victory -- also a day game.
"You shake your head, try to laugh it off and worry about the
next one," Washburn said. "It's not hard to forget about
something like this."
The first four batters singled in Cleveland's three-run first.
Matt Lawton and Martinez had run-scoring hits, and Hafner added a
During that rally, third baseman Chone Figgins lost Lawton's
foul pop in the sun, extending the at-bat, and Washburn's pickoff
throw to second on Crisp went into center field because no one
covered the bag. Washburn also didn't cover first base on a
fielder's choice grounder by Casey Blake, preventing a possible
The Indians got four more runs in the third. A two-out walk to
Blake preceded Hafner's three-run homer to right, and Mark Little
added an RBI single.
Hafner went deep again in the fifth, this time to center.
McDonald, the Indians' No. 9 hitter, also tagged Washburn leading
off the sixth. Two batters later, Crisp homered on Washburn's 100th
and final pitch, extending the margin to 10-1.
Anaheim's first two runs came on an RBI single by Robb Quinlan
in the fifth and Jeff DaVanon's homer in the seventh. Figgins
chased Westbrook in the eighth with Anaheim's fourth consecutive
hit, a two-run single.
Washburn also allowed four solo homers on June 20, 2002, at Dodger Stadium in a 5-2 loss. ... Hafner entered with three home runs in 195 career at-bats against left-handers. Before this
two-game series with the Angels, he had one homer and four RBI in
39 career at-bats against Anaheim pitchers.