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Tigers trounce Glavine, Mets with season-high 15 runs

CBS wire reports

DETROIT -- Tom Glavine had one of the worst outings of his stellar career against baseball's highest-scoring team.

Gary Sheffield contributed to Glavine's rough day with a homer and an RBI triple Sunday, helping the Detroit Tigers beat up the New York Mets 15-7 and win the series.

Glavine (5-4) gave up nine earned runs for just the second time, matching the career-high total he allowed eight years ago.

Sheffield said it was an uncharacteristic performance from Glavine, who he faced 55 times previously, but fell short of saying Detroit was lucky.

"It's not a fluke," he said. "We're a good team, also."

Brandon Inge had a career-best five RBI, helping the Tigers score six runs in the fifth inning and four in the eighth, to surpass their previous season high of 14 runs.

Detroit leads the majors with 374 runs, an average of just over six per game.

Manager Jim Leyland, however, is unhappy that his shaky bullpen is leading to softball-like scores for the defending AL champions.

"We have to win games 5-3 and 3-2 like we did last year," Leyland said. "If we don't, we won't be anywhere to be found later on."

In a matchup of an all-time great left-hander and a promising lefty going for win No. 2, the pitcher with 295 career wins had a day he'd like to forget.

"I'm getting tired of talking about the whole 300 win thing," Glavine said. "Everybody thinks that's all I'm thinking about and it's not."

Clearly, Glavine probably has other things on his mind.

Glavine gave up a season-high 11 hits and lasted just 4 1/3 innings -- his shortest outing of the season -- and is 0-3 over his last four starts after beginning the year 5-1.

"He threw the ball well. He felt pretty good, but Tommy didn't locate his pitches," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "You have to make sure you make good pitches against the Tigers."

The only other time Glavine gave up nine earned runs was May 24, 1999, for Atlanta against the Milwaukee Brewers, and he allowed nine runs total in two other games.

"It was one of those days where no matter what you tried to do, or whatever adjustments you tries to make, it didn't work," Glavine said.

Andrew Miller (2-0) allowed a three-run homer to David Wright in the first inning before settling down -- finishing with four runs allowed, five hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings.

A year after being drafted sixth overall, Miller made his second start in the majors.

"It's like a movie script," he said. "You wouldn't believe it if somebody told you, but I'm here and I think it's real. You couldn't dream it up better than this."

Leyland was not surprised to see the 22-year-old Miller pitch out of some jams.

"Like I used to say about Doc Gooden, it's pretty easy to be poised when you've got that kind of talent," he said.

Miller left the game with one on, one out and a seven-run lead in the sixth and the cushion quickly was cut after Jason Grilli replaced him.

Grilli gave up three straight hits -- including rookie Carlos Gomez's first homer -- and was replaced after hitting the fourth Met he faced without getting an out. Tim Byrdak got out of the two-on, one-out jam with a strikeout and flyout.

Leyland planned to travel to watch Kenny Rogers throw for Triple-A Toledo on Sunday night in a rehabilitation start and promised other pitchers would be evaluated as candidates to possibly replace relievers later this season.

"They've all shown they can do it and they've all shown they can't do it," he said. "These aren't threats to anybody because we don't have any intention on making a move right now. But at some point, we have to have a better idea what's coming out of there on a consistent basis.

"If we don't, then you look to make changes. It's that simple."


  • The 15 runs and 21 hits allowed were season highs for the Mets.
  • Detroit OF Magglio Ordonez was scratched from the lineup because of minor stiffness in his left knee and said he will play Tuesday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers after the Tigers are off on Monday.
  • Mets OF Moises Alou left the team Sunday morning to fly back home for an examination on his strained left quadriceps and another OF on the DL, Shawn Green, is expected to be activated Monday. Mets 1B Howard Johnson was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after the game.
  • Detroit SS Carlos Guillen left the game in the third inning with a right hamstring spasm and wasn't sure if he would be healthy enough to play Tuesday.
  • Ivan Rodriguez and Sheffield both hit their first triples of the season.
  • Grilli entered the game after pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings over four games.
  • About 50 seagulls were on the field, mostly in the outfield, during the first inning and about half of them stuck around for the whole game.
  • Miller started in place of Nate Robertson, who is on the disabled list with a tired arm.
  • Wright has homers in four straight games, one short of the franchise record.
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Ivan Rodriguez gets hit in the back after his two-run triple in the third as David Wright looks on.  (AP)
Ivan Rodriguez gets hit in the back after his two-run triple in the third as David Wright looks on. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Inge
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

G. Sheffield
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5220102 .310
Damion Easley, 2B3021101 .264
Carlos Beltran, CF5110035 .284
Carlos Delgado, 1B4000025 .227
David Wright, 3B3113202 .279
Paul Lo Duca, C5000006 .306
Julio Franco, DH4120100 .214
Ben Johnson, LF5110023 .185
Carlos Gomez, RF5113024 .218
2B - Damion Easley (4, Rodney), Ben Johnson (1, Grilli)
HR - David Wright (12, Miller), Carlos Gomez (1, Grilli)
RBI - Damion Easley (16), David Wright 3 (34), Carlos Gomez 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright 3 (13)
SB - Carlos Beltran (9, 2nd base off Miller/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Reyes-Easley-Delgado, Delgado-Wright
New York Mets
Tom Glavine (L,5-4) 4.11199221 4.15
Aaron Sele 2.2522011 5.09
Joe Smith 1544200 2.63
IBB - Casey by Joe Smith
HBP - Inge (by Aaron Sele)
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 102-60, Aaron Sele 49-34, Joe Smith 38-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 4-6, Aaron Sele 1-5, Joe Smith 2-0
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 25, Aaron Sele 13, Joe Smith 9
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF6011012 .288
Placido Polanco, 2B6330004 .348
    Neifi Perez, 2B0000000 .167
Gary Sheffield, DH5242001 .281
Marcus Thames, RF5000004 .241
Carlos Guillen, SS1010000 .305
   a- Omar Infante, PH-SS2322200 .329
Ivan Rodriguez, C5332003 .298
Sean Casey, 1B3212223 .279
Craig Monroe, LF5131003 .243
Brandon Inge, 3B4135001 .242
a-walked for Guillen in the 3rd
2B - Placido Polanco 2 (15, Glavine, Sele), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (17, Glavine, Smith)
3B - Gary Sheffield (1, Glavine), Ivan Rodriguez (1, Glavine)
HR - Gary Sheffield (17, Glavine), Brandon Inge (10, Sele)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (33), Gary Sheffield 2 (43), Omar Infante 2 (10), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (34), Sean Casey 2 (18), Craig Monroe (37), Brandon Inge 5 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (19), Gary Sheffield (13), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (20), Craig Monroe (17), Brandon Inge 5 (12)
CS - Gary Sheffield (4, 2nd base by Smith/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 8
E - Carlos Guillen (11, Misplayed grounder), Omar Infante (1, Misplayed grounder), Andrew Miller (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Andrew Miller (W,2-0) 5.1544351 3.18
Jason Grilli0322001 6.21
Tim Byrdak (H,5) 1.2100130 1.84
Fernando Rodney 1111110 5.25
Yorman Bazardo 1000000 2.70
HBP - Easley (by Jason Grilli), Delgado (by Fernando Rodney)
WP - Andrew Miller (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Miller 101-62, Jason Grilli 13-8, Tim Byrdak 29-20, Fernando Rodney 20-10, Yorman Bazardo 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Miller 7-5, Fernando Rodney 1-1, Yorman Bazardo 2-2
Batters Faced - Andrew Miller 25, Jason Grilli 4, Tim Byrdak 7, Fernando Rodney 6, Yorman Bazardo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40914
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Paul Schrieber