Cleveland, OH -- Scott Kazmir struck out 12 batters in six innings andNick Swisher hit a grand slam as the Cleveland Indians beat the New York Mets 8-1 in the opener of a three-game weekend series at Progressive Field.
With the win, the Indians have won three games in a row as they continue their push toward a playoff spot. Cleveland is six games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central and entered Friday three games out of the second spot in the AL Wild Card.
"This is a fun time of year," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "When you show up to the ballpark and you're nervous about the game, that's really exciting."
Kazmir (8-7, 4.17) struck out at least one batter in each inning and struck out the side in the first, third and sixth innings. The lefty has been pushed back in the rotation over the past month to maintain his arm and the decision looks to be paying off. Kazmir held the Mets to just four hits and a hit batter, winning his fi...