Hafner hit his second homer of the game -- a three-run shot in
the 10th inning -- and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the
Indians to an 8-5 victory over the Angels on Monday night.
"Hafner came up big, man," teammate Casey Blake said. "There
was just a lot of pure emotion coming out right there coming out of
everybody in that dugout. It was fun."
David Eckstein's two-out error on a routine grounder by Matt
Lawton set the stage for Hafner's game-winning shot off Troy
Percival (2-2) and made all three runs unearned. Hafner's 14th
homer, which matched his total as a rookie last season, came on a a
3-2 fastball after a walk to Omar Vizquel.
"I was trying to go up and out of the zone, and I just threw it
a little above the belt," Percival said. "I thought he was more
of a down and middle-in kind of hitter, so I thought I could get
him to fly out. But he got it. There's not much I can say about
The loss dropped the four-time All-Star's career record against
the Indians to 0-9, including a 7.34 ERA -- the three unearned runs
"Cleveland had nothing to do with it," said Percival, who
needs two more saves to become the 18th pitcher in history with
"I don't even think about that because honestly, I think I've
only given up one earned run against these guys in three years -- or
something to that effect, but it hasn't been a lot. It was just
unfortunate. I threw a lot of good pitches tonight, but it just
didn't work out."
But David Riske couldn't close it out, surrendering an RBI
double by Chone Figgins and a two-out RBI single by Vladimir
Guerrero in the bottom half. Riske (5-2) got the win anyway despite
his shoddy ninth inning, and Matt Miller got three outs for his
first major league save.
Bengie Molina chased Tadano with a one-out RBI single in the
seventh that trimmed Cleveland's lead to 4-2. Bob Wickman came on
to start the eighth and gave up a run on Guerrero's double-play
"There's something magical about this team that they're able to
come back," Wickman said. "They don't give up. I like a lot of
guys on their team. They're a very hard-nosed ballclub. They've got
some experience there and they can hit the ball."
Sele allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, his
second-shortest outing in 12 starts since rejoining the rotation on
May 1 when Ramon Ortiz was demoted to the bullpen. Sele has given
up at least one homer in each of his last seven starts, following a
stretch of 42 combined innings as a starter and reliever without
Lawton opened the game with a single and scored one out later
when Hafner drove a 1-2 pitch over the center-field fence.
Blake, robbed of a home run by Seattle center fielder Hiram
Bocachica on Sunday, increased the margin to 4-0 with a towering
drive that struck the screen attached to the left field pole with
two outs in the third.
"I just tried to hit it up a little higher this time. I thought
he was maybe going to shimmy up the foul pole and grab it," Blake
said jokingly. "The only other time it ever happened to me over
the wall like that was Torii Hunter last year. That would have been
my 18th -- and I didn't hit another one the rest of the season."
Blake's 16th homer came after Hafner walked and was forced at
second on Victor Martinez's grounder.
Tadano allowed only two baserunners over the first 3 1/3 innings
-- hitting Guerrero just above the right elbow leading off the
second, and plunking Eckstein in the left side with two outs in the
Guerrero doubled in the fourth, stole third and scored on Darin
In his first major league start July 2, Tadano gave up two
runs on four hits and struck out 10 in a 15-2 win at Cincinnati.
... Blake has three hits in four career at-bats against Sele, and
Hafner is 4-for-5 against him with two homers. ... Angels LF Jose
Guillen didn't play because of back stiffness. ... Donnelly threw
31 pitches in the ninth while allowing a hit and three walks. ...
Cleveland CF Coco Crisp made the highlight reels with a diving
catch in left-center against Figgins in the third. Angels 2B Adam
Kennedy returned the favor in the eighth, robbing Crisp of a hit
with a diving stop in the hole.