For the first time since being infamously traded away in 2004, Scott Kazmir finally faced the Mets Friday night in Cleveland. Kazmir is no longer the young phenom who was sent out of town, but try telling that to the Mets after he mowed them down on his way to a win over his former organization.
Current Mets phenom Zack Wheeler ran into trouble in the first. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. Carlos Santana hit a sacrifice fly to give the Indians a 1-0 lead. Wheeler was able to retire the next two batters to limit the damage.
But the Indians got back to business in the second. A walk and a throwing error by Wilmer Flores put runners on first and third with one out. Would-be Met Michael Bourn hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 2-0 game.
Cleveland added another run in the fifth on a two-out hit to extend the lead to 3-0. A walk loaded the bases but Wheeler was able to get a fly out to end the inning.
Wheeler was done after that inning, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. After walking a combined six batters in previous five starts, Wheeler walked five batters tonight.
Gonzalez Germen allowed a run in the sixth to make it 4-0.
Scott Kazmir ended up going six innings, allowing no runs on four hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 12 Mets. Revenge is sweet, even if it takes nine years.
The Mets finally got on the board in the seventh when Justin Turner hit his first home run of the season — 4-1 Cleveland.
Nick Swisher hit a grand slam off of Tim Byrdak in the eighth to put the game away.
Mets lose 8-1.