Series: Game 2 of 3

NY Mets leads 2-0 (as of 4/5)

Game 1: Friday, April 4
NY Mets4
Game 2: Saturday, April 5
NY Mets3
Game 3: Sunday, April 6
NY Mets5

Expos 1

(3-2, 3-2 away)

Mets 3

(3-2, 3-2 home)

    1:10 PM ET, April 5, 2003

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: T. Glavine (1-1)

    L: T. Armas (1-1)

    S: A. Benitez (2)

    Glavine dominates Expos to get first Met win

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Glavine walked off the mound to cheers instead of boos, tipped his hat and finally relaxed.

    Tom Glavine

    Tom Glavine is third in the National League with a 2.13 ERA.

    He had won his first game with the New York Mets.

    Glavine looked like the pitcher who tormented the Mets all those years, allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings and sparking a three-run rally with a single as New York beat the Montreal Expos 3-1 Saturday.

    "It's a huge relief,'' Glavine said. "There are certain steps along the way with a new team. A big step is getting the first win. Now I'm here, I feel like I'm a part of the team. The first one is the toughest one to get.''

    After winning two Cy Young Awards and posting five 20-win seasons with Atlanta, winning a game in April shouldn't be such a big deal.

    But Glavine (1-1) was frustrated with his poor debut for the Mets, when he allowed five runs, eight hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings of a 15-2 season-opening loss to the Chicago Cubs.

    "I was a lot more comfortable today,'' said Glavine, who signed a $35 million, three-year deal in December. "Getting the first game out of the way helped from an emotional standpoint. Today was just pitching -- not Opening Day, a new team and all of that.''

    The left-hander was a key part of Atlanta's 11 straight division titles, beating out New York the last eight years in the NL East. He was 17-7 against the Mets, including a win in the 1999 NL championship series.

    Glavine was in control his second start on a 36-degree day. He gave up five hits and no walks, while striking out five to tie Juan Marichal for 45th place with 243 wins.

    "He was mad at himself about the way he pitched his first time out,'' Mets manager Art Howe said. "He was determined to go out and give a better effort. This was more typical of the type of pitcher he is.''

    Cliff Floyd, another of the Mets big offseason pickups, had three hits and an RBI to break out of a 1-for-15 slump.

    "I can go home and relax a little bit instead of wondering what the heck is wrong,'' Floyd said. "It's a long season. You don't want to get down on yourself early.''

    The Expos have been cooled down since outscoring Atlanta 17-2 in a season-opening three-game sweep. Montreal led after every inning against the Braves, but have been held to one run in two losses to New York.

    "We don't look the same,'' Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "We don't look as comfortable at the plate as we did in the three games against Atlanta.''

    Montreal had a chance to score early against Glavine, but right fielder Jeromy Burnitz easily threw out Wil Cordero at the plate on Brad Wilkerson's two-out single in the second.

    "That was a great throw,'' Howe said. "That play gave us momentum and we went out and scored some runs.''

    Glavine then keyed New York's three-run third against Tony Armas Jr. (1-1) with a leadoff single.

    Roger Cedeno followed with a double and Roberto Alomar drove in Glavine with a single. Floyd then hit an RBI single and Mo Vaughn added a sacrifice fly.

    Vaughn left the game after the inning with a minor strain to his right hip flexor but said he should be back in the lineup Sunday.

    Scott Strickland relieved Glavine after Vladimir Guerrero's RBI double and retired Cordero on a flyout. Strickland pitched a perfect seventh and Mike Stanton threw a perfect eighth before Armando Benitez finished for his second save.

    The Expos have been shut down by Glavine and David Cone the past two days.

    "We faced two veteran pitchers who used our aggressiveness against us,'' Montreal catcher Michael Barrett said. "We're a young club and we like to go up there and swing.''

    Armas, who beat Atlanta on opening day, allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

    Game notes

    Glavine improved to 23-15 against Montreal in his career. He has 24 wins against Cincinnati and Philadelphia, the most against any teams. ... Mets C Mike Piazza served the final game of a four-game suspension. Jason Phillips got his second career start and went 1-for-3. Phillips was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game and the Mets will purchase 1B Tony Clark's contract from Norfolk on Sunday. ... Armas fell to 5-3 in his career against the Mets, his most wins against any team. ... Burnitz hit his major league-leading sixth double.

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