Kazmir helps Indians go sweep-less in Seattle
Scott Kazmir allowed just one hit over his eight innings, Michael Bourn hit his first career grand slam and the Cleveland Indians downed the Seattle Mariners, 10-1, on Wednesday.
The only hit Kazmir (6-4) gave up was a clean leadoff single to center by Justin Smoak in the fifth. Kazmir struck out seven, walked two and allowed an unearned run as the Indians avoided a three-game sweep.
Kazmir came up with Tampa Bay in 2004 and was 55-44 in his six seasons before being traded for the Angels in 2009. The Angels paid him more than $35 million but he lost his velocity and command, won just 11 games before being released in 2011. He played in the Independent League last season.
“I’m even better now. I feel I’m a more complete pitcher,” said Kazmir, who signed a free-agent deal with the Tribe.
He nearly was a complete-game pitcher against the Mariners. Kazmir, who threw 103 pitches, pretended to hide from manager Terry Francona when he came down the dugout in the eighth to tell him his day was over.
Kazmir has thrown just one complete game in his 198 career starts. That was a two-hit 3-0 shutout on July 3, 2006 with Tampa Bay against Boston. Vinnie Pestano took over in the ninth.
Bourn blew the game open in the fifth with his slam on a full-count pitch from reliever Hector Noesi.
Asdrubal Cabrera had two hits, including his eighth home run. Carlos Santana had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles.
Manager Eric Wedge, taken to the hospital before Monday’s game because of light-headedness, was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon. He was said to have suffered a “very mild stroke.” He is not expected to manage the team until at least Aug. 5. . Bourn’s run in the first inning was the 500th over his career. . of the 12 games these two teams have played against each other this season, this was the first visitor victory.