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Surging Mets send Giants to their eighth straight loss

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- For Tom Glavine, the turnaround has been dramatic and relatively simple. He's throwing more strikes and getting better results.

Glavine struggled mightily early in the season and heard the whispers that at age 39, he might be done. The message he sent again Saturday is that he's far from finished, pitching effectively into the eighth inning to lead the New York Mets over San Francisco 5-1 and send the Giants to their eighth straight loss.

It was vintage Glavine, making big pitches when he had to, hitting his spots, getting key outs.

"This is as good as I've been in the last month," Glavine said. "I'm throwing more strikes, not walking guys, more comfortable with my mechanics. I trust myself to throw strikes."

Glavine (4-5) wasn't overpowering. He never is. He scattered nine hits over 7 2/3 innings for his 266th win, tying Bob Feller and Eppa Rixey for 32nd on the career list. He struck out three, walked none and left with two runners on.

"You try to go as deep as you can and make it as short as you can for the bullpen," Glavine said.

As he walked off, he got a standing ovation from the crowd of 37,194.

"That was nice," he said, "much better than the alternative. Hopefully, it will continue that way."

Mike Cameron homered and Mike Piazza hit a two-run single for the Mets, who have won three in a row and six of eight.

The Giants are on their longest losing streak since also dropping eight straight in May 2000. They finished that season with the best record in baseball.

"I think all of us have got to turn around and look at what we're doing because what we're doing ain't making it," catcher Mike Matheny said.

The Mets took the lead when Cameron, batting .464 against left-handers, hit a 3-1 pitch from Noah Lowry (2-6) for his sixth home run in the first inning.

Moises Alou, who had four hits, tied it in the fourth, hitting the first pitch from Glavine for his 10th homer.

"I had a good day today for the most part but all of us have the same goal and that's to win ballgames," Alou said. "If we don't do that, I really don't enjoy anything on the field."

New York went ahead again in the fifth. Jose Reyes opened with a double off the 396-foot sign in left-center. Cameron walked and the runners advanced on a surprising sacrifice bunt by Carlos Beltran.

"Beltran bunted on his own. He's a versatile player. He plays team ball," manager Willie Randolph said. "I have no problem with it."

Piazza, who had three hits, flicked a single into left on a 3-2 pitch, scoring the runners. After Cliff Floyd singled Piazza to third, David Wright singled for a 4-1 lead, chasing Lowry.

New York added a run in the eighth when Giants reliever Tyler Walker threw away Reyes' sacrifice bunt for an error.

The Mets used a perfect relay to cut down Deivi Cruz at the plate in the first inning.

With two outs and Cruz on first, Alou doubled into the left-field corner. Cruz ran through a stop sign from third base coach Gene Glynn and was thrown out on the relay from Floyd to Reyes to Piazza.

Lowry opened the third with a double and was sacrificed to third. But Glavine retired Omar Vizquel on a popup and struck out Cruz.

Roberto Hernandez retired Edgardo Alfonzo with two on to end the eighth, and Aaron Heilman worked a scoreless ninth.

Notes

  • Marlon Anderson got his major league-leading 11th pinch-hit in the eighth for the Mets.
  • Cameron's homer was the 28th in the last 26 games for the Mets.
  • Floyd's assist in the first inning was his seventh this season. He had been tied for the NL lead with six.
  • Lowry won his first seven major-league decisions, second-best in club history behind Hooks Wiltse, who won his first 12 decisions in 1904.
  • Mets first baseman Chris Woodward made a sparkling dive to rob Matheny of a hit in the seventh.
 
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Tom Glavine picks up his 266th win, tying Bob Feller and Eppa Rixey for 32nd on the career list.  (AP)
Tom Glavine picks up his 266th win, tying Bob Feller and Eppa Rixey for 32nd on the career list. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Piazza
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

M. Alou
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Jason Ellison, RF3020000 .323
Omar Vizquel, SS4010003 .286
Deivi Cruz, 2B4010012 .302
Moises Alou, LF4141001 .301
Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B4000003 .319
Marquis Grissom, CF4010011 .204
Lance Niekro, 1B4010001 .283
Mike Matheny, C4000011 .247
Noah Lowry, P2010010 .278
    Al Levine, P0000000 .000
   a- Ray Durham, PH1000000 .268
    Jim Brower, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
Totals3411110412 
a-flied out for Levine in the 7th
Batting
2B - Moises Alou (6, Glavine), Noah Lowry (2, Glavine)
HR - Moises Alou (10, Glavine)
SH - Jason Ellison (3)
RBI - Moises Alou (26)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Tyler Walker (1, Wild throw)
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry (L,2-6) 4.1944211 5.57
Al Levine 1.2000110 5.40
Jim Brower 1100010 6.00
Tyler Walker 0.2210120 5.40
Scott Eyre 0.1000010 2.38
IBB - Matsui by Al Levine, Beltran by Tyler Walker
Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 83-48, Al Levine 26-14, Jim Brower 15-11, Tyler Walker 23-13, Scott Eyre 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 6-6, Al Levine 4-0, Jim Brower 1-1, Tyler Walker 1-0
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 24, Al Levine 6, Jim Brower 4, Tyler Walker 6, Scott Eyre 1
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4110000 .277
Mike Cameron, RF4211112 .347
Carlos Beltran, CF3010100 .295
Mike Piazza, C5132013 .254
    Ramon Castro, C0000000 .241
Cliff Floyd, LF5010026 .273
David Wright, 3B4021011 .302
Chris Woodward, 1B3010113 .305
Kaz Matsui, 2B3110103 .244
Tom Glavine, P3000006 .091
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1010000 .341
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Totals3551244624 
a-singled for Hernandez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (11, Lowry)
HR - Mike Cameron (6, Lowry)
SH - Jose Reyes (3), Carlos Beltran (2)
RBI - Mike Cameron (12), Mike Piazza 2 (28), David Wright (30)
SB - Cliff Floyd (5, 3rd base off Levine/Matheny), David Wright (5, 2nd base off Levine/Matheny)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cliff Floyd 1
DP - Reyes-Woodward, Woodward-Reyes
New York Mets
Tom Glavine (W,4-5) 7.2911031 4.63
Roberto Hernandez (H,8) 0.1100000 2.63
Aaron Heilman 1100010 3.91
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 110-69, Roberto Hernandez 14-10, Aaron Heilman 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 7-11, Aaron Heilman 1-0
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 30, Roberto Hernandez 2, Aaron Heilman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37194
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne