Braves Have Glavine's Number, Win 7-4

When the Mets signed Tom Glavine in the offseason they envisioned a close pennant race with the Atlanta Braves and Glavine being the difference breaker for the Mets. The Mets figured Glavine would give them intimate knowledge of the Braves and an advantage over them for once. The Mets did not envision being in last place nor did they envision Glavine being an edge for the Braves. Once again, the Braves defeated Glavine, this time 7-4 in Atlanta.

Glavine pitched 4 and 1/3 innings allowing nine hits and seven earned runs to fall to 6-10 on the season. Glavine is 0-4 with 23 earned runs allowed in his four starts against Atlanta this season.

Glavine's opponent and replacement in Atlanta, Russ Ortiz, earned his NL leading 13th win by pitching five innings and allowing four hits and 3 earned runs. Ortiz improved to 13-4 on the season for the NL East leading Braves.

It didn't take the Braves long to get to Glavine as they erupted for four runs in the 2nd inning to take a 4-1 lead. Vinny Castilla doubled to plate Aundrew Jones with Atlanta's first run. Later, Darren Bragg tripled home two runs before Ortiz singled to bring him home and complete the scoring for the inning.

The Mets made a game of it in the 3rd inning with a triple by Cliff Floyd to score Timo Perez, who had walked. One Jason Phillips single later and Floyd scored to pull the Mets to within 4-3.

Aundrew Jones quickly erased the Mets hopes for the afternoon by crushing his 24th home run of the season to left field to make it 5-3. The Braves added to the lead with two runs in the 5th inning to knock Glavine out of the game.

The Mets briefly threatened Atlanta in the 9th inning when Jeff Duncan singled to left to score Jose Reyes and cut the lead to 7-4. However, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox countered by bringing closer John Smoltz to strike out Perez and end the threat and the ballgame. Smoltz earned his 35th save of the season by recording the one out.

Jason Phillips went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jose Reyes was 2-for-5 with two runs scored for the Mets. Aundrew Jones finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored, an RBI, a walk, and a home run.

The Mets have now lost nine of their last 10 ballgames. New York and Atlanta will conclude their four game series Sunday afternoon at Turner Field. The pitching matchup is scheduled to be Al Leiter (8-5) against Horacio Ramirez (8-3).

Game Notes
Leiter will be activated from the Disabled List for tomorrow's start... Braves won for the 12th time in 13 games... Smoltz earned the 100th save of his career... Tony Clark was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and three runners left on base... Glavine's ERA has now ballooned to 5.10... The Mets hitters stranded 14 runners on base and struck out 11 times in the contest...


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