Hafner homered twice and tied a career high with six RBI, and
the Indians ended a four-game losing streak with a 14-5 victory
over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
Casey Blake went 5-for-6 to match a career high for hits as the
Indians tied their season best with 21 hits. Cleveland also had 21
hits, including eight home runs, on July 16 at Seattle.
The Indians (54-54) were a season-high three games over .500
when the skid began.
"It was a real big win for us. I don't think our team has been
having quality at-bats over the last couple of days," said Hafner,
who has four multihomer games this season. "It was good for
everybody to come out and get going."
Hafner, who was 4-for-5, also had six RBI on July 20 at
Anaheim. It's the seventh time this season he's had four or more
RBI in a game.
"I hit it pretty good, but I knew it was too high. It was
close, but I knew that it was not going to get out," Hafner said.
Tim Laker followed with a three-run homer off Kevin Frederick,
giving Cleveland a 14-5 lead.
Hafner is hitting .326 with 21 home runs and 86 RBI for the
Indians, who lead the majors with 605 runs.
"He's probably adjusted to this level probably a little bit
quicker than people anticipated," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge
"Victor is day to day. It's a slight strain," Wedge said.
Cleveland batted around in the fifth and scored five runs on
Hafner's RBI double, Martinez's run-scoring single, Blake's RBI
double, Jody Gerut's sacrifice fly off Justin Miller and McDonald's
Toronto's Eric Hinske hit a run-scoring single in the fifth.
Jake Westbrook (9-5) won despite allowing five runs on 11 hits
in six innings.
"I picked a very bad day to get rocked," Towers said.
Towers, who won his previous five starts, gave up seven runs and
10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Blake also had five hits on July 5, 2003, at Minnesota. ...
Hafner has five multihomer games in his career. ... Miller,
activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, allowed
two runs on four hits in 1 2-3 innings. He hadn't pitched since May
30 because of a partially torn right hamstring.