MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The
had gone without a cycle longer than any other American League team.
ended a 25-year drought, leading the Indians to an 8-3 victory over the
, who lost three of four in the series.
Hafner became the first Indian to hit for the cycle since
on April 22, 1978 and the first player to do it at the Metrodome since Minnesota's
on May 15, 1991.
The designated hitter, who came into the game batting just .239, completed the cycle with a typical Metrodome hit - a liner in the top of the eighth inning that rolled to the wall in right-center field for an RBI triple.
"I don't even remember the last time I had a triple, so it was pretty unlikely," the 240-pound Hafner said. "I couldn't even tell what the guys were saying to me in the dugout because I was breathing so hard I couldn't hear them. It's a pretty neat thing, but I'm just glad we came out and played well and won the game."
Hafner overshadowed the performance of
(9-9), who came within two outs of his first shutout of the season. Anderson allowed one run and six hits in 8 1/3 innings with two walks and a season-high eight strikeouts.
"We were joking around, trying to locate places in the park for him (Hafner) to hit it so he was able to that triple," Anderson said. "As soon as that ball was hit, the whole dugout hoped that he had enough gas to get that triple. Everybody was thrilled for him."
Anderson left after giving up a solo home run to Matt LeCroy that ended the Indians' scoreless innings streak at 22. Cleveland blanked the Twins, 5-0, in 14 innings Wednesday.
allowed two runs in his major league debut, although one of them came after a two-out throwing error.
"I didn't know what to think in the ninth," Anderson said. "I thought I would go out there and finish. I knew David was getting antsy to get in, though."
Although out of contention in the A.L. Central Division, the Indians have been nothing but trouble for the Twins this season, winning six of eight meetings at the Metrodome. Overall, Cleveland is 8-3 against Minnesota this year.
"We did a good job of not putting Anderson in a situation where he had to work too hard," Indians manager
said. "That was an outstanding performance today by him. Minnesota is a good ballclub and you have to go out and play your best against a team like that."
was furious at his team for its effort and offered an apology to the fans.
"This was a bad day, a bad day," he said. "We embarrassed ourselves, we embarrassed our fans. This is not how you play the game. We're in a pennant race here and this is not how to play."
The seventh Indian to hit for the cycle, Hafner hit a solo home run in his first at-bat, then doubled and reached on a infield single. The Twins finally got him out in the ninth when he lined to second baseman
"I was feeling pretty good yesterday and I (struck out) four times," Hafner said. "That just shows you how the game of baseball is. You can't be too high or too low. You just come out ready to go."
(8-10) took the loss, surrendering five runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.
"We slacked around today," Twins designated hitter
said. "They kicked our butts like they were supposed to. They kicked our butts like we needed it kicked today because we didn't really go out like we know how to."
Through six innings, Radke held the Indians to two runs, giving up Hafner's homer in the second and
's RBI double in the third.
But the Indians broke it open with four runs in the seventh, taking a 6-0 lead on Blake's two-run homer.