Tribe climbs back to .500 by bludgeoning Blue Jays
TORONTO (AP) -- Travis Hafner brought the Cleveland Indians back to .500 with another multihomer game.
Hafner homered twice and tied a career high with six RBIs, 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 RBIs on July 20 at Anaheim. It's the seventh time this season he's had four or more RBIs in a game.
He hit a two-run homer off Josh Towers (6-4) in the first and a two-run shot off Justin Miller in the sixth.
Hafner almost hit his third home run of the game with the bases loaded in the ninth, but center fielder Vernon Wells caught the fly on the warning track. John McDonald scored on the sacrifice fly.
"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 RBIs 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 said.
Indians catcher Victor Martinez left in the bottom of the sixth with a strained right hamstring. Shortstop Omar Vizquel missed the game with a bruised right foot and is day to day.
"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 RBI single.
Toronto's Eric Hinske hit a run-scoring single in the fifth.
After Gregg Zaun had an RBI single in the sixth, Dave Berg hit a three-run homer, cutting Cleveland's lead to 9-5.
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 41/3 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 12/3 innings. He hadn't pitched since May 30 because of a partially torn right hamstring.