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Glavine carried a perfect game into the sixth inning before allowing a hit, pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and led the Mets to a 7-4 victory over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.
"You think about it but I don't think about it realistically," Glavine said of his no-hit bid. "For me to throw a no-hitter and perfect game, so many things would have to line up right."
But Glavine's ability to hit the corners and change speeds was more than enough in a nine-strikeout, no-walk performance. Pitching in 90 degree heat, Glavine (8-2) won his sixth straight start and 283rd career game, tying him with Jim Kaat for 28th on the all-time list.
"It was a combination of location and stuff," Glavine said. "I did a good job of mixing my pitches."
Reggie Abercrombie broke up Glavine's bid to become the first Mets pitcher to throw a perfect game or a no-hitter when he led off the sixth with a double to left-center. Matt Treanor followed with a single, driving in Abercrombie for the Marlins' first run.
"Glavine was in a nice rhythm, a nice groove," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "He was in that zone they talk about."
"When I'm locating and I have decent stuff, that's the type of game I should pitch," Glavine said.
New York's David Wright returned after sitting out Friday's 5-1 loss to Florida with back spasms to match a career-high with four hits, including two doubles. He drove in two runs and scored another.
"The difference between how I felt when I got to the ballpark to how I felt on the way home (Friday), there was a chance I would play," said Wright, who was examined by a chiropractor before the game.
Florida starter Dontrelle Willis (1-6) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three. He has now gone eight consecutive starts without a victory, the longest stretch of his career. The loss snapped Florida's four-game winning streak.
"I've been able to keep the games close lately, (as) opposed to earlier in the year when I was giving up those runs," Willis said. "I feel if I continue to do that, I will be successful."
Wright's fourth hit, an RBI single, capped a three-run eighth inning as New York extended its lead to 7-1. Carlos Beltran's double drove in the other two runs.
Abercrombie added an RBI single in the ninth. Billy Wagner got the final two outs for his 11th save in 14 opportunities.
"The borderline pitches went to the pitchers today," Florida manager Joe Girardi said. "Tommy Glavine is a master of that. He works the corners. He has done that his entire career.
"It's all about making adjustments."
Kaz Matsui scored from second a throwing error by Willis in the sixth to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. Willis rushed to field a grounder by Jose Reyes near the third base line and threw wildly to first to allow Matsui to score.
"I should have eaten that," Willis said. "I'm trying to make a play to get a very fast runner. I knew it wasn't going to go foul."
Wright's two-out opposite-field double gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the third. Wright drove in Chris Woodward, who also doubled.
Ramon Castro's solo home run in the fourth gave New York a 2-0 advantage.
|Tom Glavine strikes out nine batters without a walk. He also lays down this bunt in the eighth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||6||0||1||0||0||0||2||.249|
|Chris Woodward, LF||4||2||1||0||1||0||2||.286|
|Endy Chavez, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.288|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.266|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||4||2||1||0||0||.330|
|Xavier Nady, RF||5||0||0||0||0||0||7||.270|
|Julio Franco, 1B||4||0||2||1||1||0||0||.300|
|Ramon Castro, C||4||1||1||1||1||2||3||.268|
|Kaz Matsui, 2B||4||2||1||0||1||1||3||.215|
|Tom Glavine, P||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||.353|
|Chad Bradford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jose Valentin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.214|
|Aaron Heilman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Bradford in the 9th|
|2B - Chris Woodward (4, Willis), Carlos Beltran 2 (9, Willis, Herges), David Wright 2 (14, Willis, Wellemeyer)|
|HR - Ramon Castro (2, Willis)|
|SH - Tom Glavine (5)|
|RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (35), David Wright 2 (33), Julio Franco (7), Ramon Castro (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (13), David Wright 2 (15), Julio Franco (1)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Matsui-Reyes-Franco|
|New York Mets|
|Tom Glavine (W,8-2)||7.2||6||3||3||0||9||1||2.59|
|Billy Wagner (S,11)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 102-71, Chad Bradford 1-1, Aaron Heilman 13-7, Billy Wagner 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 6-7, Aaron Heilman 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 28, Chad Bradford 1, Aaron Heilman 3, Billy Wagner 3|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.327|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.312|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.343|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.262|
|Cody Ross, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.364|
|Matt Herges, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeremy Hermida, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.219|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.221|
|Reggie Abercrombie, CF||4||2||3||1||0||1||0||.245|
|Matt Treanor, C||3||0||1||1||0||2||1||.232|
|b- Miguel Olivo, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.258|
|Dontrelle Willis, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.167|
|c- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.228|
|Todd Wellemeyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Borchard, RF||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.211|
|a-walked for Pinto in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Treanor in the 9th|
|c-lined out for Willis in the 6th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (12, Glavine), Miguel Cabrera (19, Heilman), Reggie Abercrombie (8, Glavine)|
|HR - Joe Borchard (4, Glavine)|
|RBI - Reggie Abercrombie (13), Matt Treanor (4), Joe Borchard 2 (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Reggie Abercrombie (5), Joe Borchard 2 (10)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Jacobs|
|E - Dan Uggla (4, Missed catch), Dontrelle Willis (1, Wild throw)|
|Dontrelle Willis (L,1-6)||6||7||3||2||3||4||1||4.93|
|IBB - Wright by Dontrelle Willis|
|HBP - Beltran (by Dontrelle Willis)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 108-64, Todd Wellemeyer 42-22, Matt Herges 14-10, Renyel Pinto 21-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 5-9, Todd Wellemeyer 2-2, Matt Herges 1-0, Renyel Pinto 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 29, Todd Wellemeyer 9, Matt Herges 3, Renyel Pinto 5|
|Attendance - 13037|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Gorman|