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Hafner's hot bat helps the Indians

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Travis Hafner drove in six runs and finished the two-game series with 11 RBIs, tying Earl Averill's franchise record for a two-game span


Shigetoshi Hasegawa of the Mariners pitches to the Boston Red Sox in Seattle, Washington, Tuesday.


Travis Hafner hit three homers to match a major league record with five in two games, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 14-5 rout of the Anaheim Angels on Tuesday.

Hafner drove in six runs and finished the two-game series with 11 RBIs, 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.

"Hitting three home runs is pretty special because it doesn't happen very often -- especially to me," said Hafner. "I guess I can enjoy this one on the plane ride."

Hafner also became the second player to hit three home runs Tuesday, joining St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols.

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.

Hafner is the seventh player to hit three homers in a game this season, including teammate Victor Martinez.

Cleveland hit six homers against the Angels, including solo shots by John McDonald and Coco Crisp and a three-run drive by Martinez.

Jake Westbrook (7-5) won for the first time in seven starts since June 14. Jarrod Washburn (10-5) allowed 10 runs -- nine earned -- and a career-worst 13 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

"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."

Athletics 1, Blue Jays 0,

14 innings

In Oakland, California, Damian Miller broke up Dave Bush's no-hit bid in the eighth inning, then won the game with a bases-loaded single in the 14th as Oakland edged Toronto.

Bush and Rich Harden allowed one hit apiece through eight innings, but the game stretched on long after a duel of promising young right-handers ended in a draw.

Jermaine Dye led off the 14th with a single off Justin Speier (2-6), Toronto's sixth pitcher. After a sacrifice bunt and two walks, Miller singled to nearly the same spot as his eighth-inning single to left.

Yankees 4, Devil Rays 2

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Gary Sheffield hit his 397th homer and drove in three runs, leading Jose Contreras and New York over Tampa Bay.

Derek Jeter left the game in the eighth with a bruised right wrist after getting hit by a pitch from Victor Zambrano two innings earlier. X-rays were negative.

Contreras (8-3) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings to beat Zambrano (9-6) for the second time in 12 days. Mariano Rivera got his AL-leading 34th save in 35 chances.

Rivera has converted 22 save opportunities in a row, the longest streak in the majors this season. His 317th save moved him within one of Rick Aguilera for 10th place on the career list. Rivera is 32-for-32 lifetime against Tampa Bay.

Contreras won his fourth straight decision since being reunited with his wife and children from Cuba last month.

Red Sox 9, Mariners 7

In Seattle, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz hit consecutive homers to key Boston's eight-run fourth inning against Seattle.

Winning pitcher Derek Lowe (8-9) gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings. Keith Foulke, who pitched two innings the previous night, got three outs for his 15th save in 20 chances. But the Red Sox had to sweat this one out.

Ichiro Suzuki led off the ninth with his fourth hit and stole second -- his career-high fourth, tying a Mariners record. Foulke walked Randy Winn to put runners on first and second with no outs, but then struck out Bret Boone, Edgar Martinez and Bucky Jacobsen to end it.

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