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 Angels yesterday in Anaheim, Calif.
Hafner drove in six runs and finished the two-game series with 11 RBI, 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.
"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 ball."
Hafner also became the second player to hit three home runs yesterday, joining St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols.
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 Angeles.
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.
* ATHLETICS 1, BLUE JAYS 0: Damian Miller broke up David Bush's no-hit bid in the eighth, then won the game with a bases-loaded single in the 14th in Oakland.
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.
Bush was spectacular in his third major league start, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out six.
* YANKEES 4, DEVIL RAYS 2: Gary Sheffield hit his 397th homer and drove in three runs, leading Jose Contreras and visiting New York.
Derek Jeter left the game in the eighth after getting hit on his right hand by a pitch from Victor Zambrano two innings earlier. There were no immediate details on the injury.
Contreras (8-3) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings to beat Zambrano (9-6) for the second time in 12 days -- again denying the Tampa Bay right-hander's bid to become the first pitcher to beat the Yankees four times in a season since California's Chuck Finley in 1996.
* RED SOX 9, MARINERS 7: Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz hit consecutive homers to key Boston's eight-run fourth in Seattle.
With the victory, the Red Sox remained seven games behind the Yankees in the AL East.
Derek Lowe (8-9) gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings and won for just the second time in six starts.
* TWINS 5, TIGERS 4: Jacque Jones homered and drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th for visiting Minnesota.
Justin Morneau also homered for the Twins, who swept the two-game series after losing six of their previous seven games.
* RANGERS 6, WHITE SOX 4: Rod Barajas broke a tie with a two-run double in the eighth for host Texas.
Gary Matthews Jr. homered for the AL West-leading Rangers, who have won five of six.
Chicago dropped out of first in the AL Central, a half-game behind Minnesota.