Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 5/18)

Game 1: Thursday, May 15
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Game 2: Friday, May 16
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Game 3: Saturday, May 17
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Game 4: Sunday, May 18
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Mets 5

(19-25, 8-15 away)

Giants 1

(27-16, 12-10 home)

    4:05 PM ET, May 18, 2003

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: T. Glavine (5-3)

    L: K. Ainsworth (3-4)

    Glavine loses shutout bid in ninth inning

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tom Glavine's postseason failures against San Francisco from last season stuck with him for months.

    Tom Glavine

    Changing teams didn't even help -- but his result Sunday just might.

    Glavine took a shutout into the ninth inning and Jason Phillips homered a day after being recalled from the minors to replace the injured Mike Piazza as the New York Mets beat the Giants 5-1.

    Glavine (5-3) followed up on a strong eight-inning performance by Steve Trachsel on Saturday as the Mets beat the Giants for the second straight day after losing their first 12 regular-season games at Pacific Bell Park.

    Glavine allowed six hits, including a leadoff homer to Marquis Grissom in the ninth inning before giving way to Armando Benitez after Benito Santiago's one-out single.

    Glavine lost twice to San Francisco in last season's playoffs, allowing 13 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. But he was sharp this time, needing only 89 pitches to get through 8 1/3 innings.

    "It wasn't fun,'' Glavine said. "You don't get the opportunity to get redemption very often. That was on my mind a little bit. What happened in the playoffs left a bad taste in my mouth during the winter time.''

    When he read the lineup card Sunday and saw that Barry Bonds was getting a day off, the left-hander knew his chances of winning this time had just gone up.

    "You feel you catch a little break with Barry on the bench, but you can't relax too much,'' Glavine said. "The other guys can beat you.''

    The Giants have lost seven of nine after being held to two runs the past two games against the Mets.

    Trachsel allowed one run in eight innings of a 5-1 win Saturday, becoming the first Mets pitcher to get into the eighth inning this season.

    Glavine did one better, pitching into the ninth inning for the first time since leaving the Braves after last season to sign a $35 million, three-year contract with the Mets. Glavine's next start will come next weekend in Atlanta.

    "It was like Trachsel on Saturday,'' Giants shortstop Rich Aurilia said. "He kept the ball down and he'd throw strike one or we'd put the ball in play and hit it to someone. The big difference between this game and the playoffs is he just pitched a better game today. This was the old Glavine. Last year he got some balls up and we hit him hard. Today he kept the ball down.''

    Phillips, brought up from Triple-A Norfolk when Piazza went on the disabled list Saturday with a severe right groin strain, drove a 3-1 pitch from Kurt Ainsworth (3-4) just inside the left field foul pole for a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. He also singled in the sixth.

    Phillips started at first base, though he's the team's backup catcher. He doesn't care what position he's playing -- he'll carry water if he can stay in the big leagues. Phillips, from San Diego, quickly searched outside the clubhouse to see his parents who made the trip from Southern California.

    "If this is what it takes to stay in the big leagues, hey, I'm all for it,'' he said.

    Ainsworth retired 10 of the first 11 batters before giving up a two-out walk to Cliff Floyd in the fourth and Phillips' first homer of the year. Ainsworth allowed four hits in five innings, striking out five and walking three. He is now 0-4 in his last six starts and hasn't won since April 15 against Houston.

    "It's tough, you want to get wins but some of those things are out of your control,'' Ainsworth said. "I don't feel like I'm pitching any worse. I'm just not pitching with a lead and that makes a big difference.''

    After starting the season 7-1 at home, the Giants are 5-9 in their last 14 at Pac Bell.

    Joe McEwing hit a run-scoring double in the fifth, an unearned run after an error by catcher Santiago. Roberto Alomar added an RBI single in the ninth.

    Grissom, Jose Cruz Jr. and Santiago all had two hits for San Francisco.

    Game notes

    Glavine has allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his past 10 starts and has gone at least six innings in his last eight outings. ... Bill Thompson, a former Giants' radio announcer, died Saturday in Fresno due to complications from surgery. He was 79. Thompson covered the Giants from 1965-75, working alongside Lon Simmons and Russ Hodges. ... Injured Giants 2B Ray Durham took live batting practice for the first time since spraining his right ankle and also fielded grounders. He was placed on the DL May 11. ... The crowd of 42,590 was a regular-season record at Pac Bell. ... After the game, the Giants demoted RHP Ryan Jensen and OF Jason Ellison to Triple-A Fresno and recalled LHP Chad Zerbe and RHP Manny Aybar.

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