SEATTLE — Scott Kazmir feels he's a complete pitcher now, not just a hard thrower.
The former Rays All-Star allowed one hit over eight innings, Michael Bourn hit his first career grand slam and the Indians beat the Mariners 10-1 Wednesday afternoon.
Kazmir came up with Tampa Bay in 2004 and was 55-44 in six seasons before being traded for the Angels in 2009. He lost his velocity and command and 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 Cleveland. "I don't have to throw hard every pitch. I can throw hard when I need it but I'm throwing my secondary pitches more now. I'm more of a complete pitcher."
He nearly was a complete-game pitcher against Seattle. He pretended to hide when manager Terry Francona came down the dugout in the eighth to tell him his day was over.
"I wanted to go out there for the last one," Kazmir said. "But I understand."
Kazmir has thrown one complete game in 198 career starts, a two-hit shutout on July 3, 2006 for the Rays against the Red Sox.