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San Diego 3, New York 2

8/20/2003

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Phil Nevin was glad Tom Glavine was out of the
game, because that meant he got a pitch he could handle.

Nevin hit a two-run homer with one out in the eighth inning to
give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 win Tuesday night over the New York
Mets, who were in control until Glavine made way for the bullpen.

Nevin's opposite-field shot to right-center, his fourth since
returning on July 23 from a dislocated left shoulder, came on a 3-2
fastball off left-hander Mike Stanton (2-5). Mark Loretta was
aboard on a one-out walk.

"Glavine was tough tonight," said Nevin, who was 0-for-3
against the left-hander. "His arm action on his changeup and his
fastball is the same. I was sitting back and sitting back as much
as I could. I couldn't stay back long enough."

Glavine got Nevin to ground into an inning-ending double play
with runners on first and third in the third.

"To be able to come up later in the game and be able to make up
for that, that felt pretty good," Nevin said.

When Nevin dislocated his shoulder diving for a ball in a spring
training game, the Padres weren't sure if he'd play this season.

"It's been a long time since I hit one at home that way,"
Nevin said. "That was kind of the old feel I've had in hitting
balls that way."

Nevin also made a nice catch in right field, slamming into the
fence to catch a drive by Jason Phillips to end the eighth.

The Padres snapped their five-game losing streak. The Mets, who
had two close calls go against them, had their six-game winning
streak snapped.

Scott Linebrink (2-2) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and
Rod Beck pitched the ninth for his 17th save in as many chances.

Glavine pitched 6 2-3 strong innings on three days' rest. Roger
Cedeno went 3-for-4 but Jose Reyes went 0-for-4 to end his 17-game
hitting streak, the longest in the majors this year by a rookie.

Glavine, who won his 250th career game on Friday, allowed one
run on six hits, struck out five and walked three.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first on Timo Perez's two-out
single to center and could have gone up 2-0 but Phillips was called
out by umpire Chuck Meriwether on a one-hop throw home by Mark
Kotsay. Replays appeared to show Phillips was safe. Mike Piazza
scored on the hit.

Howe said Meriwether told him that catcher Gary Bennett had
Phillips blocked off the plate.

"That's not what we saw from our vantage point," Howe said.
"He certainly beat the throw and the replay showed he was safe, so
that's the way it goes."

Glavine agreed.

"I don't think any of us thought it was even close," he said.
"You hope that stuff like that doesn't have an impact on the game.
Unfortunately that play may have."

Glavine left with two outs in the seventh after the Mets failed
to turn a double play on pinch-hitter Miguel Ojeda's grounder to
second. Ojeda's grounder forced Sean Burroughs at second and Ojeda
was ruled safe when Phillips, the first baseman, had to jump for
the throw from shortstop Jose Reyes. However, replays appeared to
show that Phillips came down with the ball just before Ojeda hit
the bag. David Weathers struck out Gary Matthews Jr. to end the
inning.

With the score tied at 1, Scutaro homered to right-center field
on a 1-1 pitch from Kevin Jarvis leading off the fifth. It was his
second.

The Padres tied it at 1 when Kotsay tripled in Jarvis, who hit a
leadoff single just past the glove of third baseman Ty Wigginton.
Not only did Kotsay's hit go into the Mets' bullpen in the
right-field corner, but Roger Cedeno slipped trying to dig it out.

Jarvis allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings, walked
two and struck out none.

Game notes
Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, on the DL all season after
undergoing two offseason shoulder surgeries, will make two minor
league rehab appearances next week, with the dates and affiliates
to be announced later. Hoffman hopes to be back by Sept. 1. ...
Mets OF Cliff Floyd was placed on the DL due to an injured right
Achilles' tendon that will require season-ending surgery on Aug.
29. Floyd played in pain most of the season, struggling to run the
bases or track down balls in the outfield. He decided to have the
surgery last week. He finished his season hitting .290 with 18
homers and 68 RBI in 365 at-bats. ... Floyd was replaced on the
roster by outfielder Jeff Duncan, who was recalled from Triple-A
Norfolk of the International League. Duncan was optioned to Norfolk
last week to make room for Mike Piazza.