NEW YORK (AP) -- In and out. Up and down. Tom Glavine hit his
spots all night Friday.
Glavine took advantage of the lowest-scoring team in the major
leagues, striking out 11 Milwaukee batters over six innings as the
New York Mets defeated the Brewers 4-3.
"The changeup was particularly good," Glavine said, reflecting
on his 277th career victory. "The fastball's location was good. It
hit both sides of the plate. It was a good formula."
It was not classic Glavine because he rarely has that many
strikeouts. It was just the 13th time in his career he's had 10 or
more in a game. And he felt it.
"That many strikeouts is a lot of work," the left-hander said.
"I don't expect to do that very often. I was tired."
So after 107 pitches, he turned the game over to the bullpen.
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost wasn't sorry to see him go.
"Glavine was vintage today," Yost said. "He was as good as
I've seen him in a long time. Tommy was dead on."
The Brewers, lowest-scoring team in the majors, rallied for two
runs in the seventh against Aaron Heilman. Duaner Sanchez neded 45
pitches to get through two innings and deliver the game to closer
Billy Wagner, who got his third save and finished New York's
seventh straight win. It is the Mets longest winning streak since
Sept. 3-9, 2002, and New York is 8-1 for the first time since 1985.
"Sanchez kept us on the edge of our seats," Mets manager
Willie Randolph said. "He made pitches when he had to. He likes
the ball every day."
Sanchez said maybe he would not want the ball on Saturday.
"That was a lot of pitches," he said. "I probably need a
Xavier Nady put the Mets in front early, hitting his second home
run of the season with two outs in the second inning after Chris
Capuano (1-2) retired the first five New York hitters.
The Mets added to their lead with two outs in the third when
Jose Reyes singled and scored from first on a double by Paul Lo
Duca. After Carlos Beltran walked, Carlos Delgado delivered an RBI
single that made it 3-0. Capuano escaped further trouble by
slipping a called third strike past David Wright to end the inning.
In the fifth, Capuano opened with a single and reached second
when left fielder Victor Diaz, making his first start of the
season, let the ball get past him for an error. Capuano moved to
third on a fly ball and scored on a single by J.J. Hardy. Glavine
then struck out Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Lee, ending the rally.
Jenkins and Lee combined for five strikeouts against Glavine.
Glavine opened the fifth with a single and after Reyes forced
him, Bill Hall's throwing error gave the Mets runners at first and
third with one out. Beltran walked, loading the bases and Delgado
grounded out with Reyes scoring before the Brewers could complete
an inning-ending double play.
"That was a sloppy inning," Capuano said. "Take it away, and
maybe we win."
Heilman relieved Glavine to start the seventh inning and allowed
hits to Damian Miller and pinch-hitter Gabe Gross. A wild pitch
allowed Miller to score and, after Brady Clark walked, Duaner
Sanchez relieved. The runners advanced on an infield out, and
Jenkins delivered a sacrifice fly, making it 4-3. Lee was walked
intentionally and Sanchez got Hall on a grounder, leaving two
In the eighth, Rickie Weeks opened with an infield single and
stole second. Sanchez struck out Prince Fielder but walked Miller.
Pinch-hitter Corey Koskie struck out and Brady Clark bounced out,
ending the rally.
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 32 minutes by
rain. ... Nady's homer came on a 3-1 pitch. ... Glavine's
second-inning strikeout of Hall was the 2,363rd of his career and
moved him past Charlie Hough into 38th place. ... It was the 13th
time Glavine has struck out 10 or more batters in a game. ...
Glavine threw 107 pitches, 70 for strikes. ... Miller's
seventh-inning single snapped an 0-for-16 streak. ... 2B Kaz Matsui
went 1-for-4 and committed an error playing for the Class-A St.
Lucie Mets. Matsui is rehabbing a sprained right knee.