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Alou, Wright lead Mets past Phils, leave Manuel in fighting mood

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Freddy Garcia's long-anticipated debut with the Phillies was a bust.

Moises Alou homered twice and drove in three runs, Tom Glavine got his 293rd win and the New York Mets beat Philadelphia 8-1 Tuesday night.

Garcia (0-1) allowed three runs and eight hits, striking out six in 4 2/3 innings. The two-time All-Star acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the offseason missed two starts with biceps tendinitis. He was scheduled to pitch Sunday, but consecutive rainouts pushed him back two days.

Expected to contend for the NL East title, the Phillies are off to a 3-9 start, including 1-5 at home.

Manager Charlie Manuel's frustration was evident after the game. The normally mild-mannered manager challenged a radio talk-show host to a fight. Manuel had to be restrained by hitting coach Milt Thompson at one point.

"We're going to win," Manuel could be heard yelling in his office.

David Wright extended his career-best hitting streak to 24 games, tying the Mets' franchise record. Hubie Brooks in 1984 and Mike Piazza in 1999 also had 24-game hitting streaks for New York.

Alou hit a two-run shot off Garcia in the second inning, his first homer since signing an $8.5 million, one-year contract with New York. He connected off reliever Geoff Geary in the sixth.

"I feel very comfortable at the plate," Alou said. "I wanted to look better than I looked in spring training."

Glavine (3-1) allowed one run and six hits, pitching out of trouble often because he walked five and hit one batter.

Wright singled to start the second inning. Alou hit the next pitch into the left-field seats to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

The Phillies took advantage of Glavine's control problems in the third to get within 2-1. Glavine walked Garcia on four pitches with one out, hit Chase Utley to load the bases with two outs and walked Ryan Howard to force in a run. But Pat Burrell grounded out to second base to end the inning.

Carlos Beltran's two-out double in the fifth drove in Glavine to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Glavine singled with one out. Garcia left after intentionally walking Carlos Delgado to load the bases with two outs. Geary entered and struck out Wright to strand the runners.

"After a couple innings, I let it go," Garcia said. "I felt fine."

Alou lined his second homer into the left-field seats to make it 4-1 leading off the sixth. Beltran had an RBI groundout against Francisco Rosario in the seventh, and the Mets put it out of reach with three runs in the eighth.

The Phillies had their first two runners on in the fifth, but Glavine struck Utley out looking and Howard swinging. Burrell then fouled out to first base. They had the first two runners on again in the sixth, but Carlos Ruiz grounded into a double play and Alou robbed pinch-hitter Jayson Werth with a diving catch on a sinking liner to left field.

"When it's that cold, that windy, you are basically in survival mode," Glavine said. "You don't get a consistent feel."

Notes

  • Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca left after injuring his right index finger when he was hit by Utley's foul ball in the third inning. X-rays were negative. "He's fine, probably just a little bruise," manager Willie Randolph said.
  • The teams observed a moment of silence before the game for the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre.
  • Alou has 29 career multihomer games.
  • Jose Reyes singled leading off the game and stole second, but was picked off second base.
  • Utley (1-for-13) and Howard (4-for-19) are hitting .156 with runners in scoring position. "They are going to hit," Manuel said. "They're good hitters, they're special hitters."
 
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David Wright is looking up at the Mets' history books, tying a team record with a 24-game hitting streak.   (AP)
David Wright is looking up at the Mets' history books, tying a team record with a 24-game hitting streak. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Alou
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
New York

T. Glavine
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 5
K 3
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4120101 .327
Paul Lo Duca, C1000110 .282
    Ramon Castro, C2022100 .333
Carlos Beltran, CF5022002 .304
Carlos Delgado, 1B4000132 .224
David Wright, 3B5110014 .319
Moises Alou, LF3323110 .341
    Endy Chavez, LF1000000 .375
Shawn Green, RF3110110 .302
Jose Valentin, 2B4121011 .237
Tom Glavine, P3110011 .333
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   a- Damion Easley, PH1000002 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
    Ambiorix Burgos, P0000000 .000
Totals36813869  
a-grounded out for Feliciano in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (3, Garcia), Shawn Green (4, Geary), Jose Valentin 2 (5, Garcia, Smith)
HR - Moises Alou 2 (2, Garcia, Geary)
RBI - Ramon Castro 2 (3), Carlos Beltran 2 (12), Moises Alou 3 (6), Jose Valentin (5)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (3)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (8, 2nd base off Garcia/Ruiz, 2nd base off Rosario/Ruiz), Carlos Beltran 2 (3, 2nd base off Garcia/Ruiz, 2nd base off Rosario/Ruiz)
CS - Shawn Green (1, Home by Geary/Ruiz)
PK - Jose Reyes (1, Garcia)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Glavine-Reyes-Delgado, Wright-Valentin-Delgado, Valentin-Reyes-Delgado
New York Mets
Tom Glavine (W,3-1) 6611530 2.70
Pedro Feliciano 1000010 0.00
Joe Smith 1100110 0.00
Ambiorix Burgos 1100100 4.26
HBP - Utley (by Tom Glavine)
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 102-59, Pedro Feliciano 11-7, Joe Smith 20-11, Ambiorix Burgos 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 7-5, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Joe Smith 2-0
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 27, Pedro Feliciano 3, Joe Smith 5, Ambiorix Burgos 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5030000 .327
Shane Victorino, RF3010211 .250
Chase Utley, 2B3000114 .245
Ryan Howard, 1B4011115 .238
Pat Burrell, LF4010016 .325
Wes Helms, 3B4010002 .286
Aaron Rowand, CF3010100 .341
Carlos Ruiz, C3000103 .281
Freddy Garcia, P1100111 .000
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
   a- Jayson Werth, PH1000001 .250
    Francisco Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Matt Smith, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .167
Totals3218175  
a-lined out for Geary in the 6th
b-flied out for Madson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (3, Glavine), Shane Victorino (4, Glavine), Ryan Howard (3, Smith)
RBI - Ryan Howard (7)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard (5)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Aaron Rowand 1
DP - Rollins-Howard
E - Shane Victorino (1, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Freddy Garcia (L,0-1) 4.2833261 5.79
Geoff Geary 1.1211021 4.05
Francisco Rosario 1111100 4.50
Matt Smith 0.1133300 13.50
Ryan Madson 1.2100010 6.23
IBB - Delgado by Freddy Garcia, Reyes by Matt Smith
WP - Francisco Rosario (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 95-53, Geoff Geary 17-12, Francisco Rosario 16-12, Matt Smith 23-9, Ryan Madson 28-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 4-2, Geoff Geary 1-0, Francisco Rosario 2-1, Matt Smith 1-0, Ryan Madson 1-2
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 22, Geoff Geary 5, Francisco Rosario 5, Matt Smith 5, Ryan Madson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 27058
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jim Joyce