Monday, May 21, 2018
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Kazmir shines, earns first win in 21/2 years

CLEVELAND — Scott Kaz­mir could be excused for not recalling the details of his last major-league win.

"I can't remember that long ago," he said.

Saturday, he allowed two runs over six innings as the Indians beat the Twins 7-3 for his first win since Sept. 19, 2010.

Kazmir, 29, a two-time All-Star, won 53 games for the Rays from 2005-09 before his career was derailed due to arm injuries. He was 9-15 for the Angels in 2010 and appeared in one game in 2011 before being released. Last year, he pitched in 14 games for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters.

"I don't need to be remin­ded of it anymore," said Kazmir, who allowed eight earned runs over 81/3 innings in his first two starts. "I'm glad this (first win) is out of the way."

Kazmir signed a minor-league deal with the Indians in January. He won a spot in the rotation during spring training before going on the DL with a pulled muscle in his rib cage in April.

"He's an easy guy to pull for," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He wants so bad to make this work. "It's hard not to have a soft spot when you see what he's been through."

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