Indians 9, Mets 4: Ryan Raburn hit a bases-clearing double to cap a five-run first inning while Nick Swisher and Asdrubal Cabrera each homered as host Cleveland claimed its fourth straight victory.
Swisher and Carlos Santana added run-scoring hits in the first to back Corey Kluber (8-5), who made his first start since Aug. 5 due to a finger sprain. The right-hander allowed five singles and struck out five over five frames to move Cleveland within 1 ½ games of Tampa Bay for the American League's second wild card spot and six back of AL Central-leading Detroit.
Jon Niese (6-7) was charged with six runs (five earned) over six innings, suffering his first loss in six outings. Justin Turner had two hits - including a two-run double - while rookie Matt den Dekker and Juan Lagares each drove in a run with an RBI single for the Mets, who have dropped five of six games in September.
Michael Bourn singled and scored on an RBI double from Swisher to spark the first-inning outburst against Niese, who allowed each of the Indians' first five hitters to reach base. Jason Kipnis reached on a throwing error, Santana followed with a run-scoring single and Raburn capped the frame three batters later with his three-run double to right-center.
Swisher, who hit his eighth career grand slam Friday, countered a second-inning RBI single from den Dekker with a solo shot in the bottom half. The Mets closed to within 6-4 in the sixth, but Cabrera restored the five-run advantage in the seventh with a three-run shot - his first homer since Aug. 9.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Cleveland is an AL-best 42-21 at home since April 30. … The Mets have been outscored 41-21 in September. … The Indians' winning streak is their longest since they captured eight in a row from July 24-Aug.1.