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Glavine loses shutout bid in ninth inning

5/18/2003

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

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.