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Glavine stellar in Mets' shutout win over Cards

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Tom Glavine has a reputation as a thinking man's pitcher, slick instead of quick, smart instead of swift.

There are times, though, when he thinks he thinks too much.

Glavine was stuck in a rut, beaten up badly in his last three starts for the New York Mets. And at age 39, with opposing hitters batting .333 against him, people were beginning to wonder if the third-winningest active pitcher might be done.

"A lot has been said and written about whether I was at the end of the rope," Glavine said Friday night.

Turns out there's plenty of rope left.

Glavine was brilliant, limiting St. Louis to four hits over seven-plus innings and benefiting from two huge home runs by Cliff Floyd to beat the Cardinals 2-0 for his 264th career victory.

Among active pitchers, only Roger Clemens (330) and Greg Maddux (307) are ahead of Glavine.

"It's big to resurrect yourself," he said. "I felt good warming up, but I felt good warming up in my last three starts so I didn't pay much attention to that."

Those starts had bordered on horrible -- 19 runs and 29 hits in 14 innings. When Glavine worked a 1-2-3 first inning Friday night, it seemed a major achievement.

"Sometimes, you overthink and your brain gets in the way. All of us want instant gratification," he said. "When we don't see that gratification, it's tough."

Glavine (2-4) just did what he's always done, pitching on the edges, inside, outside, fooling the Cardinal hitters.

"You locate pitches and your confidence builds," he said. "Sometimes, you've got to turn your brain off and trust yourself to pitch, getting back to what you've always done well. It seems so simple."

Manager Willie Randolph said he never lost faith in Glavine.

"I knew he had it in him," Randolph said. "I never worried about him. He has the track record. It's just a matter of time until he finds it."

Floyd hit his ninth and 10th home runs, two 400-plus foot shots against Jason Marquis (5-2). His homer in the second inning hit the scoreboard in right-center field and traveled an estimated 425 feet. He connected again in the seventh, this one an estimated 415 feet over the fence in right.

By then, the 43,495 fans suspected that might be all the runs the Mets would get and demanded a curtain call. Floyd, who's never had one before, was confused.

"I didn't know what to do," he said. "I was grabbing my helmet. I never had one. When I was in Florida, there weren't enough fans in the stands to ask for one."

Glavine's task was not simple. The Cardinals came in with the best record in the league (22-12) and had 32 hits and 20 runs in its last two games against Los Angeles.

Marquis was suitably impressed.

"He's got a great track record," the Cardinals pitcher said of Glavine. "He's one of the best in the game for a reason. He kept our hitters off balance."

The game resembled Glavine's 3-1 victory over Washington on April 22 when he allowed just two hits over seven innings. His next three starts gave the Mets cause for alarm but he looked strong from the outset against the Cardinals.

Glavine pitched out of trouble in the seventh when Albert Pujols singled and reached second on a throwing error by second baseman Kaz Matsui. Glavine then retired Reggie Sanders and Mark Grudzielanek to end the inning. An inning later, Abraham Nunez's second hit and another error by Matsui gave St. Louis runners at first and second with one out and finished Glavine.

Roberto Hernandez relieved and retired pinch hitters Jim Edmonds and John Mabry and then David Eckstein to escape the jam. Braden Looper pitched the ninth inning for his ninth save.

"A tough loss," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "You turn the page."

Notes

  • Floyd, one of the hottest hitters in the NL for the first five weeks of the season when he had a 20-game hitting streak, was 2-for-22 on the Mets' six-game road trip.
  • Eckstein had his 13-game hitting streak snapped.
  • St. Louis had won 10 of the last 12 games against New York, dating to 2003.
 
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Mets starter Tom Glavine allows just four hits in seven shutout innings.  (AP)
Mets starter Tom Glavine allows just four hits in seven shutout innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Floyd
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
New York

T. Glavine
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 3
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4000003 .323
Larry Walker, RF4000010 .283
Albert Pujols, 1B4020000 .331
Reggie Sanders, LF4000012 .257
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4000012 .325
Abraham Nunez, 3B3020000 .354
So Taguchi, CF3000001 .273
Yadier Molina, C2010000 .229
   a- Jim Edmonds, PH1000012 .280
    Al Reyes, P0000000 .000
Jason Marquis, P2000001 .286
   b- John Mabry, PH1000000 .324
    Einar Diaz, C0000000 .269
Totals320500411 
a-struck out for Molina in the 8th
b-grounded out for Marquis in the 8th
Fielding
DP - Nunez-Grudzielanek-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Marquis (L,5-2) 7322122 3.17
Al Reyes 1000110 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 80-47, Al Reyes 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 8-9
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 23, Al Reyes 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3010000 .252
Mike Cameron, RF3000001 .417
Carlos Beltran, CF3000020 .299
Cliff Floyd, LF3222000 .339
Mike Piazza, C3000000 .214
    Ramon Castro, C0000000 .192
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B2000100 .221
David Wright, 3B3000011 .248
Kaz Matsui, 2B2000100 .227
Tom Glavine, P2000000 .167
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1000001 .387
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .000
Totals25232233 
a-flied out for Hernandez in the 8th
Batting
HR - Cliff Floyd 2 (10, Marquis, Marquis)
RBI - Cliff Floyd 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Cliff Floyd (12)
CS - Jose Reyes (3, 2nd base by Marquis/Molina)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Glavine-Reyes-Mientkiewicz
E - Kaz Matsui 2 (4, throwing error)
New York Mets
Tom Glavine (W,2-4) 7400030 5.77
Roberto Hernandez (H,5) 1000010 1.04
Braden Looper (S,9) 1100000 4.30
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 102-66, Roberto Hernandez 17-11, Braden Looper 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 11-7, Roberto Hernandez 2-0, Braden Looper 2-1
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 25, Roberto Hernandez 3, Braden Looper 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43495
Game Time - 2:10
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Andy Fletcher