NEW YORK -- In and out. Up and down. Tom Glavine hit his spots all night Friday.
"The changeup was particularly good," Glavine said, reflecting on his 277th career victory. "The fastball's location was good. It hit both sides of the plate. It was a good formula."
It was not classic Glavine because he rarely has that many strikeouts. It was just the 13th time in his career he's had 10 or more in a game. And he felt it.
"That many strikeouts is a lot of work," the left-hander said. "I don't expect to do that very often. I was tired."
So after 107 pitches, he turned the game over to the bullpen. Milwaukee manager Ned Yost wasn't sorry to see him go.
"Glavine was vintage today," Yost said. "He was as good as I've seen him in a long time. Tommy was dead on."
The Brewers, lowest-scoring team in the majors, rallied for two runs in the seventh against Aaron Heilman. Duaner Sanchez neded 45 pitches to get through two innings and deliver the game to closer Billy Wagner, who got his third save and finished New York's seventh straight win. It is the Mets longest winning streak since Sept. 3-9, 2002, and New York is 8-1 for the first time since 1985.
"Sanchez kept us on the edge of our seats," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "He made pitches when he had to. He likes the ball every day."
Sanchez said maybe he would not want the ball on Saturday.
"That was a lot of pitches," he said. "I probably need a day."
The Mets added to their lead with two outs in the third when Jose Reyes singled and scored from first on a double by Paul Lo Duca. After Carlos Beltran walked, Carlos Delgado delivered an RBI single that made it 3-0. Capuano escaped further trouble by slipping a called third strike past David Wright to end the inning.
In the fifth, Capuano opened with a single and reached second when left fielder Victor Diaz, making his first start of the season, let the ball get past him for an error. Capuano moved to third on a fly ball and scored on a single by J.J. Hardy. Glavine then struck out Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Lee, ending the rally. Jenkins and Lee combined for five strikeouts against Glavine.
Glavine opened the fifth with a single and after Reyes forced him, Bill Hall's throwing error gave the Mets runners at first and third with one out. Beltran walked, loading the bases and Delgado grounded out with Reyes scoring before the Brewers could complete an inning-ending double play.
"That was a sloppy inning," Capuano said. "Take it away, and maybe we win."
Heilman relieved Glavine to start the seventh inning and allowed hits to Damian Miller and pinch-hitter Gabe Gross. A wild pitch allowed Miller to score and, after Brady Clark walked, Duaner Sanchez relieved. The runners advanced on an infield out, and Jenkins delivered a sacrifice fly, making it 4-3. Lee was walked intentionally and Sanchez got Hall on a grounder, leaving two runners stranded.
In the eighth, Rickie Weeks opened with an infield single and stole second. Sanchez struck out Prince Fielder but walked Miller. Pinch-hitter Corey Koskie struck out and Brady Clark bounced out, ending the rally.
- The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 32 minutes by rain.
- Nady's homer came on a 3-1 pitch.
- Glavine's second-inning strikeout of Hall was the 2,363rd of his career and moved him past Charlie Hough into 38th place.
- It was the 13th time Glavine has struck out 10 or more batters in a game.
- Glavine threw 107 pitches, 70 for strikes.
- Miller's seventh-inning single snapped an 0-for-16 streak.
- 2B Kaz Matsui went 1-for-4 and committed an error playing for the Class-A St. Lucie Mets. Matsui is rehabbing a sprained right knee.