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Hafner leads Cleveland past Colorado

Jun 23, 2011 - 4:00 AM Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Travis Hafner belted a two-run homer to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, in the finale of a three-game series at Progressive Field.

Grady Sizemore added an RBI single for the Indians, who avoided being swept and snapped a five-game losing streak to the Rockies.

Josh Tomlin (9-4) gave up five hits, including a pair of home runs by Colorado's Ty Wigginton, over 6 1/3 innings. Chris Perez worked around a two- out double in the ninth to record his 18th save of the season.

"Tomlin was very good again, 70 percent of his pitches were strikes," said Cleveland manager Manny Acta.

Jason Hammel (4-7) allowed four runs on five hits and walked five in six frames to absorb the loss for Colorado.

"We don't have anything going out of here to feel bad about," said Colorado manager Jim Tracy. "We won a series against a very good club."

The AL Central-leading Indians produced a pair of runs in the third. Travis Buck led off the inning with a double and Jack Hannahan walked before Sizemore put Cleveland on the board with a grounder to right field. After moving to third on a groundout, Hannahan scored on a balk by Hammel.

Wigginton's one-out blast in the fifth cut Colorado's deficit in half, but Hafner followed a leadoff double by Asdrubal Cabrera in the sixth with a line drive inside the right foul pole to make it a 4-1 game.

The Rockies closed to within a run in the seventh, as Wigginton crushed a Tomlin offering over the left-field wall. Wigginton's ninth home run of the year plated Troy Tulowitzki, who led off the frame with a single.

Game Notes

Tomlin improved to 6-1 at home in 2011...Wigginton posted the 13th multi-homer game of his career...Hafner has now hit in nine straight and reached base safely in 22 consecutive games.