Welcome Back: Glavine Loses 10-4 In Atlanta Return

Tom Glavine spent sixteen years in Atlanta with hundreds of high-quality starts that overshadowed the horrific ones, but on Saturday, in his first return to the city that embraced him for so long, he got clobbered. The left-hander surrendered six runs over 3 1-3 innings as the Braves roughed up the Mets 10-4 on Saturday afternoon inside Turner Field.

"For now, I'm disappointed in how it went, but I'm glad it's over with," said Glavine to the Associated Press, who also stated that he was bothered by a blister on the index finger of his pitching hand.

With signs reading "We Love You Tom" and "You're Missed" being held high by supporters, Tom Glavine (5-4) took the mound for the first time at his former home as a mix of boos and cheers rained down. He won 248 games while wearing the Braves' uniform and picked up two NL Cy Young Awards.

"Our ballclub was really fired up to face him," Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones said to the Associated Press. "A first ballot Hall of Famer, a friend, a brother, a teammate, all those things. It was a little sad when he left."

The Mets (22-27) were winners of five of their last six coming into the day and were feeding off a game on Friday night in which Tsuyoshi Shinjo nailed the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning.

Their good fortune didn't continue.

Andruw Jones began the bottom of the second by depositing the second pitch he saw over left centerfield wall for his twelfth homer of the year and an early 1-0 Braves lead. Atlanta (33-16) put two more runs on the board in the third with RBI doubles by Rafael Furcal and Gary Sheffield.

Javy Lopez -- who came into the game hitting .450 with 3 homers in his last five games -- began the Atlanta fourth by launching a homer to center. Vinny Castilla singled and after Horacio Ramirez (4-2) grounded out, Rafael Furcal ripped a ground rule double to chase Glavine.

Jaime Cerda came on to retire Marcus Giles for the second out of the inning, but Gary Sheffield thumped his twelfth home run of the year, a two run shot, over the left field wall for a 7-0 Atlanta lead. Robert Fick capped off the inning with a three run homer and extend the margin to ten.

The Mets pushed two runs across in the seventh when Jason Phillips hit into a double play that scored a run and Jeromy Burnitz singled to bring in Ty Wigginton. RBI groundouts by Roger Cedeno and Jason Phillips plated two more runs in the ninth.

Tom Glavine -- coming off a winning effort last Sunday in which he allowed one run over 8 1-3 innings in San Francisco -- got hit hard in 3 1-3 innings. He gave up eight hits and six runs while walking two.

Jaime Cerda gave up five hits and four runs in his 2 2-3 innings of work before Pedro Feliciano finished up the game with two innings of one hit relief.

Horacio Ramirez pitched seven innings and allowed just four hits, two runs, and two walks while fanning four. In his first career start against the Mets, he also added a double to begin the third.

Notes
RHP Tom Glavine suffered his first loss away from Shea this season after coming in 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA on the road... 2B Roberto Alomar was given a day off and Marco Scutaro hit leadoff and played second... OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo went 3-for-4... OF Sheffield was hitting .227 (10-for-44) against Glavine in his career, but went 2-for-2 against him in this game... RHP Jae Seo (1-2, 3.44) draws RHP Greg Maddux (3-5, 5.54) on Sunday afternoon in the rubber match of the three game series...


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