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Schmidt gets even as Giants edge Glavine, Mets

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Jason Schmidt appreciates the chance to challenge baseball's best pitchers.

Schmidt avenged an embarrassing loss to New York in June, outpitching Tom Glavine to help the San Francisco Giants end the Mets' five-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Saturday.

"It's always good to go out there against the great ones," Schmidt said. "Glavine's pitched like that his whole career. Fortunately, I got a couple of runs early and that helped. I could afford to make a mistake."

Mike Matheny hit an RBI double, Todd Linden added a run-scoring groundout, and Schmidt (11-6) won his third straight decision for his first unbeaten month since May, when he went 1-0 in three starts.

Schmidt was on the losing end of a 12-1 defeat to the Mets on June 5 at Shea Stadium after giving up six runs in four innings but was impressive this time. He didn't allow a hit until Jose Reyes tripled to start the fourth, retiring 11 of his first 13 batters and getting through the first four innings on 55 pitches.

Schmidt beat the Mets for the first time in four tries since a 1-0 win Aug. 20, 2002, during the Giants' World Series season. He gave up three walks in the seventh that loaded the bases with two outs but got Reyes to pop out to second on a 3-2 pitch to escape the jam.

"Tommy threw the ball well again, but Jason Schmidt pitched well, too," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "He made the pitches when he had to."

Schmidt punched his hand into his glove in mild celebration as he walked off the mound. Armando Benitez, the third Giants pitcher, got three outs for his sixth save, his second save since returning following a 2-hour surgery May 3 to reattach two torn hamstring tendons to the pelvis.

"I'm really close to being 100 percent," said Benitez, sidelined more than three months. "The more games I'm in, the better I feel."

After Victor Diaz's two-out double, the former Mets closer walked Jose Offerman and retired pinch-hitter Chris Woodward on a flyout for his 250th career save.

"He's throwing harder," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "His first several fastballs had a lot of life."

Deivi Cruz made a rare start at second base for San Francisco and doubled in the second. Cruz went 5-for-5 with five RBI in his previous start Aug. 16 at Cincinnati.

Glavine (10-11) pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter for the fourth time in six starts. Glavine, who had won his prior two outings, allowed three hits in the second including Matheny's RBI double, then got seven straight outs.

"I was pleased with how I pitched and what I was doing, but the results aren't what I wanted," Glavine said. "You make at least one bad pitch a game and mine was to Matheny."

Aside from Reyes' triple -- he scored on Kaz Matsui's groundout -- no runner got past second until the seventh for the Mets, who got just four hits and remained 1½ games behind wild-card leading Philadelphia.

The second game of this weekend series featured the same kind of strong pitching performances both sides had in the opener. On Friday night, Steve Trachsel allowed two hits in eight innings of a 1-0 victory for a dazzling season debut after hurting his back in spring training.

"Tomorrow will determine what kind of a trip we have," Glavine said. "It's better to go home 6-1 than 5-2. We need to win series."

The Mets had won five straight road games, their best away winning streak since also getting five victories in a row away from Shea Stadium from May 14-18, 2002.

New York's David Wright has hit safely in 21 of his last 25 games and is batting .522 with three homers, 10 runs scored and five RBI on the trip.

Notes

New York RHP Juan Padilla failed to retire the first batter he faced for the first time all season, in his 13th appearance. ... Mets C Ramon Castro got the day off and so did INF Miguel Cairo as Randolph works to keep his starters fresh for the stretch run. ... Alou doesn't expect struggling RHP Brett Tomko to start again this season. He was moved to long relief Friday when the club called up top pitching prospect Matt Cain from Triple-A Fresno. ... Injured New York C Mike Piazza might try to catch in the bullpen this coming week to test his broken left hand. Randolph doesn't expect Piazza to come off the DL when he's eligible Thursday. "I think Mike is going to be a little longer," Randolph said. "I don't see him rushing back or anything like that." ... 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young attended the game and received a lengthy ovation when his face was shown on the main center-field scoreboard.

 
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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4110003 .277
Kaz Matsui, 2B4001020 .227
Carlos Beltran, CF4010000 .263
Cliff Floyd, LF3000111 .283
David Wright, 3B4010011 .315
Mike Jacobs, 1B3000102 .348
Victor Diaz, RF4010012 .263
Mike DiFelice, C1000200 .071
   a- Jose Offerman, PH0000100 .226
Tom Glavine, P2000012 .146
   b- Marlon Anderson, PH0000100 .268
    Juan Padilla, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Woodward, PH1000002 .297
Totals301416613 
a-walked for DiFelice in the 9th
b-walked for Glavine in the 7th
c-flied out for Padilla in the 9th
Batting
2B - Victor Diaz (13, Benitez)
3B - Jose Reyes (14, Schmidt)
RBI - Kaz Matsui (22)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Matsui-Reyes-Jacobs
New York Mets
Tom Glavine (L,10-11) 6422030 4.06
Juan Padilla 2100210 2.05
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 78-51, Juan Padilla 34-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 8-6, Juan Padilla 3-2
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 21, Juan Padilla 9
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF4000000 .274
Omar Vizquel, SS4010000 .287
Lance Niekro, 1B4000021 .263
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
Moises Alou, LF2000100 .319
Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B2110100 .285
Deivi Cruz, 2B3110001 .269
Todd Linden, RF3011000 .257
Mike Matheny, C3011013 .250
Jason Schmidt, P2000011 .109
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   a- Michael Tucker, PH1000000 .240
    J.T. Snow, 1B0000000 .269
Totals28252246 
a-grounded out for Eyre in the 8th
Batting
2B - Deivi Cruz (10, Glavine), Mike Matheny (29, Glavine)
RBI - Todd Linden (10), Mike Matheny (47)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Matheny (20)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Cruz-Niekro
San Francisco Giants
Jason Schmidt (W,11-6) 7311540 4.26
Scott Eyre (H,24) 1000010 2.78
Armando Benitez (S,6) 1100110 4.85
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Schmidt 117-69, Scott Eyre 8-6, Armando Benitez 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Schmidt 5-11
Batters Faced - Jason Schmidt 28, Scott Eyre 3, Armando Benitez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42180
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Tim Welke