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Valentin's RBI double breaks tie; Glavine pitches five in return

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HOUSTON -- Tom Glavine wasn't too disappointed that he didn't get the win in his first start since being sidelined by a blood clot.

What's important is that he's healthy. And besides, the New York Mets still beat the Houston Astros 8-6 on Friday night thanks to pinch hitter Jose Valentin's RBI double that broke an eighth-inning tie.

"Right now my goals are simple, I just want to feel good and come out of the game feeling good and that happened tonight so that's good," Glavine said.

The game was tied at 6 when Valentin's hit to the corner in left scored David Wright, who had three RBI. Endy Chavez followed with an RBI-single to extend the lead.

The loss ended a season-high six-game winning streak for the Astros who are looking to make a push for the playoffs.

Glavine made his first appearance in more than two weeks after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his pitching shoulder. He remained stalled at 287 wins after leaving the game with the scored tied 6-6.

Glavine threw 93 pitches, 52 for strikes and allowed seven hits and six runs while striking out five.

But the National League-leading Mets should be encouraged by the 40-year-old two-time Cy Young winner's return to the mound as they gear up for the playoffs, even if it was less than stellar.

He said he hasn't felt the coldness in his left ring finger that led to his absence in almost a week.

"I'm very excited about Glavine tonight," manager Willie Randolph said. "I said before the game, win or lose, it will be good just to see him out there healthy."

He looked good early, retiring the first six batters before giving up a single to lead off the third inning. He consistently threw 85-87 mph fastballs and retired three more batters before getting into trouble in the fourth.

He allowed four straight hits after striking out Willy Taveras to lead off the inning. Jason Lane had an RBI-single after two consecutive hits.

Morgan Ensberg's single to left field loaded the bases before Glavine walked Chris Burke to make it 3-2. After a short meeting on the mound with a coach and his catcher, Glavine remained in the game only to allow a two-RBI single to Humberto Quintero two pitches later. Quintero was making his first start of the season.

Burke scored on a wild pitch to finish out Houston's five-run inning.

"It was a little bit of a relief to get out there I was anxious to get back out there," Glavine said. "There's a little bit of wanting to get back out there and clear your mind and make sure everything is fine. Everything felt good...so hopefully I can just get more and more comfortable as time goes by."

Guillermo Mota (1-0) got the win pitching a scoreless inning. Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 38 chances. He gave up an RBI single to Craig Biggio.

"We had a chance," Biggio said. "Wags has run off a bunch of saves in the last month, and he's one of the elite closers in the game. We gave ourselves a chance, but we came up short."

With New York trailing 5-3 in the fifth, Lane missed a long fly by Wright after he tripped while backpedaling and bumped his head into the right field wall, resulting in a three-run double.

Houston tied it at 6 when Taveras scored on a sacrifice fly by Lane in the fifth.

In the second, Chavez had an RBI-single on a grounder to Adam Everett. Everett, who hadn't committed an error in 53 straight games, badly overthrew first baseman Lance Berkman to score Shawn Green.

Carlos Delgado had an RBI-single that ricocheted off pitcher Wandy Rodriguez and into center to give New York a 3-0 lead in the third inning.

Astros fans apparently still haven't gotten over Carlos Beltran's decision to leave Houston in favor of signing with the Mets in 2004. The rowdy crowd of 35,548 took every opportunity to voice their distaste with him, heartily booing when he batted and every time a ball came his way in center field. A handful of Mets fans stood and cheered for him but they were easily drowned out by the boos.

Houston starter Rodriguez allowed five hits and three runs in four innings. Russ Springer (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits with one strikeout in the eighth.

Notes

  • Randolph said that Cliff Floyd, who is on the 15-day disabled list with an Achilles' tendon injury, will join the team in Houston on Saturday.
  • Paul Lo Duca's double in the fifth inning extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • With five strikeouts on Friday, Glavine has 2,458 in his career, just three behind Jim Kaat for 32nd on the all-time list.
 
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Tom Glavine isn't tongue-tied when it comes to his return performance: five K's on 93 pitches.  (AP)
Tom Glavine isn't tongue-tied when it comes to his return performance: five K's on 93 pitches. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
New York

C. Delgado
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5010010
Paul Lo Duca, C5110010
Carlos Beltran, CF4210110
Carlos Delgado, 1B3221100
David Wright, 3B3123111
Shawn Green, RF4110004
Chris Woodward, 2B3000023
   a- Jose Valentin, PH-2B1111000
Endy Chavez, LF4022000
Tom Glavine, P2000011
   b- Michael Tucker, PH1000000
    Chad Bradford, P0000000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000
   c- Julio Franco, PH1000011
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000
Totals3681173810 
a-doubled for Woodward in the 8th
b-grounded out for Glavine in the 6th
c-struck out for Mota in the 8th
Batting
2B - Paul Lo Duca (, Borkowski), Carlos Beltran (, Rodriguez), David Wright 2 (, Borkowski, Springer), Shawn Green (, Rodriguez), Jose Valentin (, Springer)
RBI - Carlos Delgado (), David Wright 3 (), Jose Valentin (), Endy Chavez 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Delgado (), Endy Chavez ()
SB - David Wright (, 3rd base off Springer/Quintero)
CS - Jose Reyes (, 2nd base by Qualls/Quintero), Endy Chavez (, 2nd base by Springer/Quintero)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Woodward-Delgado
New York Mets
Tom Glavine 5766250
Chad Bradford 1100010
Guillermo Mota (W,-) 1100010
Aaron Heilman (H,) 1000010
Billy Wagner (S,) 1211010
IBB - Berkman by Tom Glavine
WP - Tom Glavine ()
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 93-52, Chad Bradford 13-11, Guillermo Mota 15-9, Aaron Heilman 17-9, Billy Wagner 21-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 6-3, Chad Bradford 1-1, Billy Wagner 2-0
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 23, Chad Bradford 4, Guillermo Mota 4, Aaron Heilman 3, Billy Wagner 5
Houston Astros
Willy Taveras, CF5110021
Craig Biggio, 2B5121031
Lance Berkman, 1B4120101
Jason Lane, RF3112011
Morgan Ensberg, 3B4110001
Chris Burke, LF3111110
Adam Everett, SS4010014
Humberto Quintero, C4012002
Wandy Rodriguez, P1000000
   a- Aubrey Huff, PH1000001
    Dave Borkowski, P0000000
   b- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000011
    Trever Miller, P0000000
    Russ Springer, P0000000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000
   c- Eric Bruntlett, PH1110000
Totals3671162913 
a-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 4th
b-struck out for Borkowski in the 6th
c-doubled for Qualls in the 9th
Batting
2B - Craig Biggio (, Glavine), Eric Bruntlett (, Wagner)
3B - Willy Taveras (, Glavine)
SF - Jason Lane ()
RBI - Craig Biggio (), Jason Lane 2 (), Chris Burke (), Humberto Quintero 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Craig Biggio (), Humberto Quintero 2 ()
SB - Chris Burke (, 2nd base off Bradford/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Quintero-Biggio
PB - Humberto Quintero ()
E - Adam Everett (, )
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez 4532150
Dave Borkowski 2233210
Trever Miller 1000000
Russ Springer (L,-) 1322010
Chad Qualls 1100010
IBB - Wright by Wandy Rodriguez
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 72-48, Dave Borkowski 47-28, Trever Miller 8-7, Russ Springer 20-11, Chad Qualls 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 4-3, Dave Borkowski 4-1, Chad Qualls 1-0
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 18, Dave Borkowski 10, Trever Miller 3, Russ Springer 5, Chad Qualls 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35548
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Greg Gibson