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MLB Game Summary - NY Mets at Cleveland



(Friday, September 6th)

Final Score: Cleveland 8, NY Mets 1

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - The New York Mets have long wondered what might have been had they not traded away Scott Kazmir nine years ago.

On Friday night, they found out the hard way.

In his first career appearance against his former club, the left-handed hurler fanned a season-high 12 batters to drive the Cleveland Indians to an 8-1 victory, their fourth in five games.

Nick Swisher completed the rout with an eighth inning grand slam, Carlos Santana drove in two and Michael Bourn and Lonnie Chisenhall contributed an RBI apiece to back the spectacular performance from Kazmir (8-7), who scattered only four hits over six innings of work.

"We're playing for a playoff spot right now and that's the one thing I'm thinking about when I'm going out to the mound," said Kazmir. "It was great that it was against the team that drafted me but that definitely wasn't crossing my mind when I was out there on the mound."

After another loss by Tampa Bay, the Indians moved within two games of the club for the final wild card spot in the American League. The Baltimore Orioles are also two games back.

The Mets countered their former phenom with current stud Zack Wheeler (7-4), who was less than phenomenal on Friday. He walked five while laboring through five innings, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits.

Like Wheeler, the Mets had high hopes for Kazmir, who quickly became one of the organization's top prospects after being selected with the 15th overall pick in 2002.

However, with New York fighting to stay in playoff contention in 2004, it shipped the young lefty to Tampa Bay for established starter Victor Zambrano. The Mets finished that season 20 games below .500, Zambrano was gone by 2006, and a year later, Kazmir led the American League with 239 strikeouts.

Finally getting the chance to go face-to-face with his former club, Kazmir flashed the overpowering repertoire that made him so successful early in his career. In the first, third and sixth innings, he struck out the side and didn't walk a batter over the duration of his outing.

"That was the best I've ever seen him pitch, and I saw him pitch in Tampa for awhile," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "He can just overpower you. I think there's always that thing where you want to show the team that traded you that you made a mistake."

The Indians had a 2-0 lead after two innings, with Santana salvaging a bases- loaded no-one out opportunity with a sac fly and Bourn contributing one of his own the following frame.

Santana knocked an RBI single through the middle in the fifth and Wheeler was done after 92 pitches. The Mets may only get four more starts out of the young righty, who is being kept on a strict 170-180 innings limit for the season.

New York's only score came on Justin Turner's first homer of the season in the seventh, but Cleveland was in control of a 4-1 lead at that point following back-to-back doubles from Yan Gomes and Chisenhall in the sixth.

Swisher came up with the bases loaded two innings later and crushed an offering from Tim Byrdak well past the wall in left to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

New York's Andrew Brown struck out four times and Josh Satin fanned on three occasions ... Wheeler was 5-0 in his previous eight road starts ... It was the most strikeouts for Kazmir since fanning a career-best 13 on Aug. 25, 2007 against the Oakland A's ... New York was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

09/07 01:58:33 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
11th
CWS 3
BOS 3
 
11th
HOU 4
KAN 6
 
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
7th
ANA 1
OAK 4
 
7th
SDP 3
COL 1
 
7th
SFG 1
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
3rd
DEN 65
GSW 69
 
3rd
POR 74
LAC 56
 
3rd
SAC 69
PHO 63
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
2nd Intermission
ANA 4
DAL 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR