Swisher’s 16th home run of the year was an eighth-inning grand slam, scoring Jose Ramirez, Drew Stubbs and Michael Bourn. It allowed the Tribe and its fans to breathe easy in the ninth inning.
Kazmir (8-7) dominated the Mets for six innings, giving up four hits, no runs or walks and striking out 12. He was originally going to share pitching duties with Corey Kluber, but Kluber was assigned to today’s game at 6:05. It turns out Kazmir didn’t need the help.
Cleveland built its lead slowly on sacrifice flies in the first two innings by Carlos Santana and Bourn.
Santana singled in the fifth inning to score Stubbs, increasing the Tribe’s lead to 3-0. Lonnie Chisenhall doubled to score Yan Gomes in the sixth before Swisher (pictured) multiplied Cleveland’s score in the eighth.
Kluber (7-5) will return from a finger injury for tonight’s game. Jonathon Niese will pitch for the Mets.
In the playoff race, the Indians (75-65) are a half-game ahead of the Yankees and tied with the Baltimore Orioles. Tampa Bay holds the final playoff spot, two games ahead of the Indians and Orioles.
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