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Wright's slam helps Glavine win 10th game of season

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- After a two-day hiccup, the New York Mets got back to winning behind David Wright and their sensational subs.

Wright hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, Tom Glavine became the first 10-game winner in the major leagues and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

"I think that this was important for us," Wright said. "I think it's important to not get complacent."

The Mets, who own a 9½-game lead in the NL East, haven't lost three straight all season. They are 18-8 in their last 26 games.

"Two games is not a long time. We've been crushing the ball for the last week and a half and every once in a while you're going to get a few days where you look like you're struggling," manager Willie Randolph said. "By no means were we struggling. But any time you hit a grand slam like that, with a big crowd, everybody gets rolling."

Reserve catcher Ramon Castro also homered and knocked in two runs for the Mets, who won the final eight games of a 9-1 road trip before dropping the first two in this series to Baltimore.

Substitute outfielder Eli Marrero also came through with an excellent all-around game, as did 47-year-old first baseman Julio Franco.

"It's phenomenal when you can plug in guys off our bench and we don't feel like we lose too much," Wright said.

Glavine (10-2) lasted six-plus innings, improving to 8-0 in his past 10 starts and earning his 285th career win. Detroit's Kenny Rogers also got his 10th victory and Boston's Curt Schilling went into his scheduled start with nine.

Wright hit his grand slam in the fifth off rookie Adam Loewen (0-2), who became the first pitcher to face a former Cy Young Award winner in each of his first four major league starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"It kind of fell apart a little bit late, but we did a great job taking two out of three from a great team," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said.

The Mets took control for good in a wild seventh inning.

First, Marrero made a leaping catch in right field to preserve a 5-4 lead. Then, they scored four times in the bottom half against Baltimore's bullpen with some help from third baseman Melvin Mora and three Orioles errors.

Mora was playing in to defend against a bunt when Jose Reyes' liner nailed him on the left knee and ricocheted away for an infield single. Mora went down to the grass in pain, but remained in the game.

"I hit that one real good," Reyes said. "They have to be careful with me. They never know what I'm going to do."

Marrero sacrificed, and Mora threw high to first on Carlos Beltran's grounder for an error.

Wright hit an RBI single, and Franco followed with one of his own. Ed Rogers overthrew the plate for an error, and Wright scored all the way from first on an obstruction call. Third base umpire Doug Eddings ruled that shortstop Miguel Tejada blocked Wright as he rounded third and headed for home, where he was cut down.

"The umpire told me that the baserunner had actually made contact with Miguel, and without that the runner would have made home safely," Perlozzo said.

Franco caught Mora napping and stole third before Castro's two-out RBI single made it 9-4.

Mora came out in the eighth with a bruised left knee and is day to day.

"It is very sore," he said.

Tejada doubled leading off the second and scored on Corey Patterson's RBI grounder, putting Baltimore ahead.

Loewen retired his first two batters in the fifth, then ran into trouble. Reyes singled, and the lefty hit Marrero and Beltran with pitches, loading the bases.

Wright, who finished with three hits, drove the next delivery over the left-field fence for his third career slam and a 4-1 lead, chasing Loewen.

"The bases were loaded so I had to throw a strike. I thought I put it in a good spot, but I guess he was expecting it," Loewen said.

The Orioles cut it to 4-3 in the sixth on two-out RBI singles by Javy Lopez and Patterson, but Glavine struck out Rogers with runners at the corners.

Castro connected for an opposite-field solo shot in the bottom half against Chris Britton.

"I think that was my first home run to right field in the big leagues," Castro said.

Nick Markakis' leadoff double in the seventh ended Glavine's outing, and Brian Roberts' RBI groundout trimmed the lead to 5-4 before Chad Bradford got out of the inning.

Glavine allowed four runs and nine hits, striking out six and walking none.

Notes

  • Orioles LF Luis Matos was ejected by plate umpire Paul Schrieber for arguing balls and strikes after he was called out looking in the fifth. Matos was replaced in left by Rogers.
  • Franco probably saved a run with a leaping catch of Patterson's liner to first, ending the fourth inning.
  • Marrero also made a pair of nice, running grabs in the first. He reached base safely three times and stole two bases.
  • Loewen made his first major league start June 3 against Yankees lefty Randy Johnson, and his last two against Toronto ace Roy Halladay.
  • Baltimore finished 4-6 on its road trip.
 
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Tom Glavine pitches more than six innings against the Orioles, and manages to get win No. 285.  (AP)
Tom Glavine pitches more than six innings against the Orioles, and manages to get win No. 285. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
New York

T. Glavine
IP 6.0
H 9
ER 4
BB 0
K 6
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4011000 .311
Jeff Conine, 1B4110022 .236
Melvin Mora, 3B4120001 .288
    Brandon Fahey, LF0000000 .269
Miguel Tejada, SS4110022 .323
Javy Lopez, C4021011 .275
Corey Patterson, CF4012001 .282
Luis Matos, LF2000010 .189
    Ed Rogers, LF-3B2000012 .200
Nick Markakis, RF4110020 .232
Adam Loewen, P2000000 .000
    Chris Britton, P0000000 .000
   a- Howie Clark, PH10100001.000
    Kurt Birkins, P0000000 .000
    Todd Williams, P0000000 .000
    Sendy Rleal, P0000000 .000
   b- Kevin Millar, PH1000010 .241
Totals3641040109 
a-singled for Britton in the 7th
b-struck out for Rleal in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (15, Glavine), Miguel Tejada (13, Glavine), Nick Markakis (7, Glavine)
RBI - Brian Roberts (25), Javy Lopez (23), Corey Patterson 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Javy Lopez (8), Corey Patterson (13)
CS - Corey Patterson (4, 2nd base by Glavine/Castro)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Melvin Mora (5, Wild throw), Ed Rogers (1, Wild throw by Rogers Interference by Tejada), Miguel Tejada (9, Wild throw by Rogers Interference by Tejada)
Baltimore Orioles
Adam Loewen (L,0-2) 4.2444341 7.82
Chris Britton 1.1111031 3.04
Kurt Birkins 0.1121000 1.27
Todd Williams 0.2321010 4.44
Sendy Rleal 1000010 3.13
HBP - Marrero (by Adam Loewen), Beltran (by Adam Loewen)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Loewen 89-50, Chris Britton 18-12, Kurt Birkins 11-6, Todd Williams 14-11, Sendy Rleal 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Loewen 5-4, Kurt Birkins 2-0, Sendy Rleal 1-1
Batters Faced - Adam Loewen 22, Chris Britton 5, Kurt Birkins 3, Todd Williams 5, Sendy Rleal 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5220000 .269
Eli Marrero, RF2110110 .221
Carlos Beltran, CF2200101 .286
David Wright, 3B4235002 .336
Julio Franco, 1B4111012 .333
Chris Woodward, 2B3000121 .254
Ramon Castro, C4122001 .264
Lastings Milledge, LF4000022 .258
Tom Glavine, P3000030 .240
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   a- Endy Chavez, PH1000000 .291
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Totals32998399 
a-grounded out for Sanchez in the 8th
Batting
HR - David Wright (15, Loewen), Ramon Castro (3, Britton)
SH - Eli Marrero (1)
RBI - David Wright 5 (55), Julio Franco (11), Ramon Castro 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright 4 (23), Ramon Castro (3)
SB - Jose Reyes (30, 3rd base off Loewen/Lopez), Eli Marrero 2 (5, 2nd base off Loewen/Lopez, 2nd base off Loewen/Lopez), Julio Franco (3, 3rd base off T. Williams/Lopez)
CS - Chris Woodward (1, 2nd base by Loewen/Lopez)
Team LOB - 5
New York Mets
Tom Glavine (W,10-2) 6944060 3.48
Pedro Feliciano (H,4) 0.1100000 1.38
Chad Bradford (H,4) 0.2000010 3.18
Duaner Sanchez 1000010 2.50
Aaron Heilman 1000020 4.74
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 100-66, Pedro Feliciano 2-1, Duaner Sanchez 7-7, Aaron Heilman 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 5-6, Pedro Feliciano 1-0
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 26, Pedro Feliciano 2, Chad Bradford 2, Duaner Sanchez 3, Aaron Heilman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43393
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Doug Eddings