|N.Y. Mets (63-76)||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||7||1|
HR: NYM - J. Turner (1) CLE - N. Swisher (16)
Recap:Scott Kazmir sticks it to the Mets. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Eric Young LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.254|
|Daniel Murphy 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.284|
|Josh Satin DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.288|
|Andrew Brown RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||.254|
|Lucas Duda 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Justin Turner SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||.260|
|Juan Lagares CF||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Travis d`Arnaud C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.154|
|Wilmer Flores 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||.219|
|Michael Bourn CF||2||2||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||.263|
|Nick Swisher 1B||5||1||2||4||0||0||1||0||0||.239|
|Jason Kipnis 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||.281|
|Mike Aviles 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Carlos Santana DH||2||0||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||.261|
|Jason Kubel LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||.286|
|Matt Carson PR-LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.667|
|Asdrubal Cabrera SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.234|
|Yan Gomes C||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Lonnie Chisenhall 3B||2||1||1||1||1||0||0||2||0||.224|
|Jose Ramirez PR-2B||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Drew Stubbs RF||4||2||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.238|
E_W.Flores, Y.Gomes. LOB_NY Mets 5, Cleveland 8. 2B_J.Lagares, Y.Gomes, L.Chisenhall, D.Stubbs. HR_J.Turner (1) off C.Allen, N.Swisher (16) off T.Byrdak. SF_M.Bourn, C.Santana. SB_D.Stubbs (16). CS_E.Young, D.Stubbs. GIDP_J.Turner, L.Chisenhall. DP_NY Mets 1 (L.Duda, J.Turner and Z.Wheeler); Cleveland 1 (J.Kipnis, A.Cabrera and N.Swisher).
|Zack Wheeler (L 7-4)||5.0||5||3||2||5||3||0||92-49||3.38|
|Scott Kazmir (W 8-7)||6.0||4||0||0||0||12||0||97-72||4.17|
|Joe Smith (H 21)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||9-6||2.43|
HBP_by S.Kazmir (E.Young).
Umpires_Home,Gary Darling; First, Jerry Meals; Second, Paul Emmel; Third, Chris Conroy.