"I think that this was important for us," Wright said. "I
think it's important to not get complacent."
The Mets, who own a 9½-game lead in the NL East, haven't lost
three straight all season. They are 18-8 in their last 26 games.
"Two games is not a long time. We've been crushing the ball for
the last week and a half and every once in a while you're going to
get a few days where you look like you're struggling," manager
Willie Randolph said. "By no means were we struggling. But any
time you hit a grand slam like that, with a big crowd, everybody
Reserve catcher Ramon Castro also homered and knocked in two
runs for the Mets, who won the final eight games of a 9-1 road trip
before dropping the first two in this series to Baltimore.
Substitute outfielder Eli Marrero also came through with an
excellent all-around game, as did 47-year-old first baseman Julio
"It's phenomenal when you can plug in guys off our bench and we
don't feel like we lose too much," Wright said.
Glavine (10-2) lasted six-plus innings, improving to 8-0 in his
past 10 starts and earning his 285th career win. Detroit's Kenny Rogers also got his 10th victory and Boston's Curt Schilling went
into his scheduled start with nine.
Wright hit his grand slam in the fifth off rookie Adam Loewen
(0-2), who became the first pitcher to face a former Cy Young Award
winner in each of his first four major league starts, according to
the Elias Sports Bureau.
"It kind of fell apart a little bit late, but we did a great
job taking two out of three from a great team," Baltimore manager
Sam Perlozzo said.
The Mets took control for good in a wild seventh inning.
First, Marrero made a leaping catch in right field to preserve a
5-4 lead. Then, they scored four times in the bottom half against
Baltimore's bullpen with some help from third baseman Melvin Mora
and three Orioles errors.
Mora was playing in to defend against a bunt when Jose Reyes'
liner nailed him on the left knee and ricocheted away for an
infield single. Mora went down to the grass in pain, but remained
in the game.
"I hit that one real good," Reyes said. "They have to be
careful with me. They never know what I'm going to do."
Marrero sacrificed, and Mora threw high to first on Carlos Beltran's grounder for an error.
Wright hit an RBI single, and Franco followed with one of his
own. Ed Rogers overthrew the plate for an error, and Wright scored
all the way from first on an obstruction call. Third base umpire
Doug Eddings ruled that shortstop Miguel Tejada blocked Wright as
he rounded third and headed for home, where he was cut down.
"The umpire told me that the baserunner had actually made
contact with Miguel, and without that the runner would have made
home safely," Perlozzo said.
Franco caught Mora napping and stole third before Castro's
two-out RBI single made it 9-4.
Mora came out in the eighth with a bruised left knee and is day
"It is very sore," he said.
Tejada doubled leading off the second and scored on Corey Patterson'sRBI grounder, putting Baltimore ahead.
Loewen retired his first two batters in the fifth, then ran into
trouble. Reyes singled, and the lefty hit Marrero and Beltran with
pitches, loading the bases.
Wright, who finished with three hits, drove the next delivery
over the left-field fence for his third career slam and a 4-1 lead,
"The bases were loaded so I had to throw a strike. I thought I
put it in a good spot, but I guess he was expecting it," Loewen
The Orioles cut it to 4-3 in the sixth on two-out RBI singles by
Javy Lopez and Patterson, but Glavine struck out Rogers with
runners at the corners.
Castro connected for an opposite-field solo shot in the bottom
half against Chris Britton.
"I think that was my first home run to right field in the big
leagues," Castro said.
Glavine allowed four runs and nine hits, striking out six and
Orioles LF Luis Matos was ejected by plate umpire Paul
Schrieber for arguing balls and strikes after he was called out
looking in the fifth. Matos was replaced in left by Rogers. ...
Franco probably saved a run with a leaping catch of Patterson's
liner to first, ending the fourth inning. ... Marrero also made a
pair of nice, running grabs in the first. He reached base safely
three times and stole two bases. ... Loewen made his first major
league start June 3 against Yankees lefty Randy Johnson, and his
last two against Toronto ace Roy Halladay. ... Baltimore finished
4-6 on its road trip.