CLEVELAND -- Scott Kazmir struck out 12 in six scoreless innings and Nick Swisher belted a grand slam to lead the Cleveland Indians to an 8-1 win over the New York Mets Friday night.
Kazmir (8-7) struck out the side in three of the six innings he pitched, fanning 12 of the 22 batters he faced, as he came within one strikeout of his career high set six years ago.
Kazmir's career high of 13 strikeouts was set on Aug. 25, 2007, against Oakland when he was pitching for Tampa Bay. The 12 strikeouts Friday are the most by an Indians pitcher since Justin Masterson struck out 12 Minnesota Twins on Sept. 30, 2009. Kazmir's dozen strikeouts are the most by an Indians left-hander since CC Sabathia had 13 against Kansas City on Sept. 14, 2007.
Kazmir struck out the last four batters he faced, including striking out the side in the sixth inning. He threw 97 pitches, 72 of them strikes.
The loss went to Mets starter Zack Wheeler (7-4) who pitched five innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and five walks.
New York's only run came on a home run by Justin Turner off reliever Cody Allen in the seventh inning.
Cleveland extended a 3-0 lead to 4-0 in the sixth inning when Yan Gomes doubled and scored on a double by Lonnie Chisenhall.
Turner's home run cut it to 4-1 in the top of the seventh, but in the bottom of the eighth the Indians sandwiched two walks around a double by Drew Stubbs to load the bases with one out. Swisher then belted a 1-2 pitch from reliever Tim Byrdak over the left-field wall for his eighth career grand slam.
Cleveland used minimal offense against Wheeler to take a 2-0 lead after two innings. In the first inning, the Indians loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk, but could score only one run in the inning, on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Santana.
In the Cleveland second inning, a walk, a throwing error by Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores and a sacrifice fly by Michael Bourn led to another run, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead.
An RBI single by Santana in the fifth inning stretched the Cleveland lead to 3-0.
Notes: Kazmir was the Mets' first-round pick in the 2002 draft. ... Mets reliever LHP Scott Rice, who leads the majors in appearances with 73, will not pitch again this season. He is scheduled to have surgery to repair a sports hernia next week. ... The Mets have selected the contract of LHP Sean Henn from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Indians OF Michael Brantley has left the team to return to his home in West Palm Beach, Fla., to be with his wife, Melissa, who is expecting the couple's first child. ... RHP Corey Kluber will be activated off the disabled list and will start Saturday night's game against the Mets. Kluber has been on the DL since Aug. 6 with a sprained right middle finger.