Glavine, Phillips Send Mets to 5-1 Victory

Tom Glavine became the first Mets pitcher of 2003 to pitch into the ninth inning as he posted his fifth win of the season in leading the New York Mets over San Francisco 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at Pac Bell Stadium in the final game of their four-game series. Young Jason Phillips, starting at first base, paced the Mets with a two-run homer in the fourth inning to help his team split the four game series.

Glavine was in complete control. He tossed 8 1/3 innings and had his shutout broken up in the ninth inning when Marquis Grissom homered. He improved to 5-3 for the season. The Mets jumped on Giants starter Kurt Ainsworth in the fourth inning when he walked Cliff Floyd and Phillips followed with his homerun. Phillips, at least for the time being, appears to be the solution to the Mets first base problems, where they are currently missing injured Mo Vaughn.

After grabbing the 2-0 lead, the Mets added a run in the fifth inning and knocked-out Ainsworth (3-4). Vance Wilson singled to right and advanced to second on a passed ball by Benito Santiago. Wilson then scored on a double by Joe McEwing.

Ryan Jensen took over the pitching duties for San Francisco in the sixth, and the Mets took adavantage of him as well, tacking on another run. Floyd once again walked and Phillips singled him to third. Ty Wigginton hit a long fly ball to center and Floyd scored to make it 4-0, New York.

The Mets tallied their final run in the ninth after loading the bases with two outs against Felix Rodriguez. Glavine walked and Roger Cedeno singled. Raul Gonzalez also walked to fill the bases. Roberto Alomar, uncharacteristically batting third in the line-up, beat out an infield hit, scoring Glavine with the fifth Mets run.

Glavine allowed only four singles until Grissom's homerun and required only 89 pitches in tossing his masterpiece. Armando Benitez came on and recorded the final two outs. Ex-Met Edgardo Alfonzo fouled out and Andres Galarraga fanned to end the game, giving the Mets the split of the four-game set.

The Mets now return home to Shea Stadium and will open up a series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. Jae Seo (1-2) will face another young phenom when he goes up against Brett Myers (3-3). Facing the big three of the Phillies: Bobby Abreu, Jim Thome and Pat Burrell will indeed make for a very entertaining series, and an early crucial one for the Mets. They need to do well with their revamped line-up, if they have any intention of contending for the NL East title this season.

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