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Glavine beats Cubs to become 23rd 300-game winner

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Tom Glavine knows exactly why his 300th win should be savored.

"If I was the last one, I guess it would be pretty cool to be the last one to do something in the game," he said Sunday night after leading the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs 8-3.

It was vintage Glavine, mixing pitches and fooling hitters, all the things that over the years made him one of baseball's best pitchers. With nervous family and friends looking on, Glavine left with a five-run lead after 6 1/3 innings, and New York's bullpen held on.

"It wasn't a dazzling performance in terms of striking people out. It was an exercise in hitting my spots and changing speeds and letting the guys behind me do their work," he said, a look of relief on his face.

Glavine (10-6) became the first 300-game winner since former teammate Greg Maddux reached the milestone in 2004 while with the Cubs.

"I think the feeling right now is probably relief," Glavine said. "At some point in time, I don't know when, the historic side of it will sink in. I know the company I'm in, and I'm as proud as can be to be in that company."

The club might be closed.

Randy Johnson has 284 wins but back problems have plagued him and he turns 44 in September.

"I'm not saying I want to be the last one," Glavine said. "I would love for someone to have this feeling and this sense of accomplishment."

The 41-year-old Glavine, only the fifth lefty to win 300, capped a momentous weekend in baseball. On Saturday, Barry Bonds hit his 755th homer to tie Hank Aaron's career mark and Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach 500 homers. Glavine said he spoke with baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who also spoke with A-Rod but didn't get in contact with Bonds.

In his first try for No. 300, Glavine left with a one-run lead at Milwaukee only to watch his bullpen blow it. Wife Christine Glavine, who had slumped in her seat at Miller Park, wiped tears from her eyes as Billy Wagner retired Mike Fontenot on a grounder for the final out at Wrigley Field.

Glavine, who watched from the dugout, came out in a warmup jacket and exchanged hugs and slaps with teammates. He then hugged his children and his wife, giving her a kiss, received congratulations from his parents and waved to the crowd.

"It's over with now," he said after his hugging his youngest son.

He was worried that if he didn't win in this start or his next, his children would have to return home for the start of school.

"I was more nervous the first time," Christine Glavine said. "I felt pretty calm today. He was actually more nervous. I felt like what you're supposed to do as a wife and you just say, 'You know what, go out there and you do what you've done for 20 years and who gives a damn if somebody has to fly to some other city.'"

He face showed her nervousness when Chicago closed to 5-3. Then the Mets pulled away.

Carlos Delgado backed Glavine with four RBI, and Luis Castillo had four of New York's 16 hits.

Coming off a night of little sleep because two of his children were sick, Glavine felt drained early and put a towel soaked with ammonia on his head when he came off the field during the early innings.

" I think I put a little bit more pressure on myself tonight to go out and try to get it done. Once I got to the ballpark I seemed to clam down a little bit, but all day at the hotel I was nervous about it and uptight about it," he said," he said. "I was kind of drained once I got here. "After the third inning I started to feel better physically and started to pitch a little bit better."

Glavine appreciated the warm reception he received at Wrigley Field. Mets fans chanted his name after the game "Tom-mee Glavine!" as he met his family.

"It was pretty special moment to be able to hug all those guys on Wrigley Field like I did tonight," he said. "There's no way I could express my gratitude for everything they've done to all of them to allow me to to focus on my career and focus on baseball."

Before a crowd of 41,599 on a muggy night, and with flashbulbs popping all over the old neighborhood park, Glavine allowed two runs and six hits, struck out one and walked one.

He left after Angel Pagan doubled on his 102nd pitch, getting a high five from manager Willie Randolph on the mound and a standing ovation as he left the field.

Guillermo Mota came in and gave up a single to Jason Kendall, Pedro Feliciano then relieved and gave up an RBI grounder to pinch-hitter Jacque Jones. Fontenot's double made it a 5-3 game, bringing on Aaron Heilman, who retired Ryan Theirot on an inning-ending flyout.

"That was a huge out. That was a big turning point in the game, they were gaining some momentum had the tying run at the plate," Glavine said. "That's about the time where you start going through the 'Oh, no. Not again.'"

Delgado hit an RBI double in the eighth off Will Ohman, and Paul Lo Duca followed with a run-scoring single against Michael Wuertz.

Glavine was the third pitcher looking for his 300th win at Wrigley Field in the last five seasons. Roger Clemens (June 7, 2003) and Maddux (Aug. 1, 2004) both failed.

Glavine, won his first game with the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 22, 1987, was a five-time 20-game winner with the Braves and joined Maddux and John Smoltz to give Atlanta one of baseball's most formidable rotations for years. He captured the NL Cy Young Award in 1991 and 1998, was the MVP of the 1995 World Series and is a 10-time All-Star. He went to the Mets as a free agent after the 2002 season.

Before Glavine, no pitcher had won his 300th game in a Mets uniform although some 300-game winners have pitched with New York - Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan and Warren Spahn, who won four games in 1965.

There was big news for the Cubs, too,

Kerry Wood pitched the seventh in his first major league appearance since June 6, 2006 after a long bout of shoulder problems. The crowd began chanting "Ker-ry! Ker-ry!" and Wood retired Lo Duca on the first pitch he threw as even more flashbulbs began going off. Wood allowed one hit in a scoreless inning.

Chicago had an early threat against Glavine in the third but instead it ended with a leg injury on the basepaths for Chicago star Alfonso Soriano.

Soriano singled with two outs for the Cubs' first hit and when Ryan Theriot followed with a single to center, Soriano took off for third. But Soriano pulled up lame between the bases, favoring his right leg and as he tried to hop to the bag was tagged out easily. He was helped off the field with a strained right quadriceps and left the game.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Soriano will be sidelined at least two weeks and up to a month.

"It's going to be a tough loss. I don't know what we'll do," Piniella said. "Losing Soriano is the toughest thing about this homestand."

Entering with a .231 batting average this season, Glavine showed his prowess with the bat, hitting a two-out RBI single in the second to put the Mets ahead.

Run-scoring doubles by Delgado and Shawn Green off Jason Marquis (8-7), Glavine's former Atlanta teammate, made it 3-0 in the fifth. Reyes had a run-scoring single that chased Marquis in the sixth and scored on Delgado's groundout.

Notes

  • Lo Duca returned after missing six games with a tender hamstring.
  • The Cubs are 10-17 against left-handed starters.
 
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Tom Glavine, who earns his 300th victory, won the NL Cy Young in 1991 and 1998. (Getty Images)
Tom Glavine, who earns his 300th victory, won the NL Cy Young in 1991 and 1998. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

T. Glavine
IP 6.1
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 1
New York

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS6231013 .303
Luis Castillo, 2B5240002 .305
    Ruben Gotay, 2B1000001 .346
David Wright, 3B4110201 .304
Carlos Delgado, 1B4124100 .253
Moises Alou, LF4000224 .309
Shawn Green, RF5011016 .269
Paul Lo Duca, C5011001 .269
Lastings Milledge, CF4230103 .305
Tom Glavine, P2011101 .244
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1000003 .237
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .208
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Totals41816874  
a-flied out for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Luis Castillo (13, Marquis), Carlos Delgado 2 (27, Marquis, Ohman), Shawn Green (25, Marquis), Lastings Milledge (6, Marquis)
3B - Jose Reyes (11, Dempster)
SF - Carlos Delgado (5)
SH - Tom Glavine (9)
RBI - Jose Reyes (45), Carlos Delgado 4 (64), Shawn Green (32), Paul Lo Duca (32), Tom Glavine (3)
2-OUT RBI - Shawn Green (16), Tom Glavine (3)
SB - Jose Reyes (53, 3rd base off Eyre/Kendall), Luis Castillo 2 (11, 2nd base off Eyre/Kendall, 3rd base off Ohman/Kendall), Lastings Milledge (1, 2nd base off Marquis/Kendall)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lastings Milledge 1
New York Mets
Tom Glavine (W,10-6) 6.1622110 4.31
Guillermo Mota0111000 5.09
Pedro Feliciano (H,12) 0.1100000 2.88
Aaron Heilman (H,12) 0.1000000 3.47
Jorge Sosa 1000100 4.26
Billy Wagner 1100010 1.30
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 102-58, Guillermo Mota 3-2, Pedro Feliciano 7-4, Aaron Heilman 3-3, Jorge Sosa 13-6, Billy Wagner 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 7-10, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Jorge Sosa 2-1, Billy Wagner 1-1
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 25, Guillermo Mota 1, Pedro Feliciano 2, Aaron Heilman 1, Jorge Sosa 4, Billy Wagner 4
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF2010000 .297
    Mike Fontenot, 2B3011001 .308
Ryan Theriot, SS4010002 .280
Derrek Lee, 1B4110000 .326
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4011000 .317
Cliff Floyd, RF-LF2010211 .292
Mark DeRosa, 2B-RF4000003 .286
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Angel Pagan, CF4110001 .273
Jason Kendall, C4120000 .231
Jason Marquis, P2000000 .160
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
   a- Jacque Jones, PH1001000 .251
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Matt Murton, RF1000011 .254
Totals3539322  
a-grounded out for Wood in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Fontenot (10, Feliciano), Derrek Lee (33, Glavine), Aramis Ramirez (26, Glavine), Angel Pagan (10, Glavine), Jason Kendall (14, Wagner)
RBI - Mike Fontenot (24), Aramis Ramirez (69), Jacque Jones (33)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Fontenot (10), Aramis Ramirez (28)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago Cubs
Jason Marquis (L,8-7) 5.1955310 4.39
Scott Eyre 0.2100200 5.45
Kerry Wood 1100010 0.00
Will Ohman 0.1322110 5.06
Michael Wuertz 0.2100000 3.33
Ryan Dempster 1111110 3.89
IBB - Wright by Scott Eyre, by Alou, Alou by Will Ohman
WP - Jason Marquis (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 98-61, Scott Eyre 21-7, Kerry Wood 14-8, Will Ohman 20-11, Michael Wuertz 6-4, Ryan Dempster 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 10-5, Scott Eyre 2-0, Kerry Wood 2-0, Ryan Dempster 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 28, Scott Eyre 5, Kerry Wood 4, Will Ohman 5, Michael Wuertz 3, Ryan Dempster 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41599
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Tim McClelland