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Hafner wreaks havoc with Blue Jays

CAREER BESTS Both Travis Hafner and Casey Blake shone for the Cleveland Indians to tie their season best with 21 hits, ending a four-game losing streak in style

AP , TORONTO AND HOUSTON

Cleveland Indians' Travis Hafner, right, is greeted at home plate by team mate Coco Crisp after hitting a two-run home run off the Toronto Blue Jays.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Travis Hafner homered twice, went 4-for-5 and tied a career high with six RBIs, and the Cleveland 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. Cleveland also had 21 hits -- including eight home runs -- on July 16 at Seattle.

Jake Westbrook (9-5) won despite allowing five runs on 11 hits in six innings.

Hafner 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, a two-run shot off Justin Miller in the sixth and almost had a third with the bases loaded in the ninth, but center fielder Vernon Wells caught the ball on the warning track for a sacrifice fly.

Tim Laker followed with a three-run homer off Kevin Frederick for the game's final runs.

Rangers 8, Tigers 0

In Detroit, Mike Bacsik gave up four hits over seven innings in his debut with Texas, and Laynce Nix hit a two-run homer to lead the Rangers past Detroit.

Bacsik (1-0), who signed with Texas in December, struck out four and walked none. Brought up from Triple-A Oklahoma last week, Bacsik retired nine straight before Alex Sanchez singled leading off the fourth. The Tigers had two on and no outs, but Bacsik struck out Ivan Rodriguez, and retired Dmitri Young and Carlos Guillen on flyouts.

Bacsik was 4-4 with a 6.12 ERA in 12 starts and seven relief appearances in parts of three seasons with the New York Mets and Cleveland. Jason Johnson (8-9) allowed five runs on 10 hits in six innings.

Devil Rays 5, Red Sox 4

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Toby Hall snapped an 0-for-18 slump with his first career grand slam in the seventh inning as Tampa Bay beat Boston for only the second time in nine tries.

With the Devils Rays trailing 4-1, Hall hit a 1-2 pitch with no outs from Bronson Arroyo (4-8) into the left-field seats. Travis Harper (3-2) worked a scoreless inning for the win, and Danys Baez got four outs for his 23rd save in 25 opportunities after pinch-runner Dave Roberts was thrown out at the plate by center fielder Rocco Baldelli after a single by Doug Mientkiewicz.

Royals 11, White Sox 0

In Kansas City, Missouri, Brian Anderson had a career-best two-hitter to win for the first time since April 20, and John Buck had three hits -- including a three-run homer that capped a seven-run first inning for the Royals as Kansas City trounced Chicago.

Aaron Rowand was the only batter to reach against Anderson, doubling to lead off the game, walking in the third, then doubling again in the ninth. Anderson (2-9) retired eight batters in a row before Rowand's walk and 17 before the ninth-inning hit.

Scott Schoeneweis (6-9) lasted just 1 1-3 innings giving up a season-high nine runs and nine of Kansas City's 17 hits as Chicago lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

Orioles 6, Mariners 3

In Baltimore, Rafael Palmeiro singled in two runs to snap a seventh-inning tie, as Baltimore handed Seattle its sixth straight loss.

Brian Roberts also had two RBIs for Baltimore. Todd Williams (1-0) got the last two outs in the seventh, and Jorge Julio got his 17th save.

The Orioles scored three runs on one hit in the seventh against Shigetoshi Hasegawa (4-4) and Mike Myers, off whom Palmeiro singled down the right-field line. Miguel Tejada, who reached on an error by third baseman Willie Bloomquist, scored on a wild pitch.

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