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Glavine dominates former Mets teammates in Game 1 of doubleheader

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ATLANTA -- Tom Glavine just didn't feel right while warming up in the bullpen, and he still was struggling to control his pitches in the first inning.

No, this wasn't just another game for the 42-year-old left-hander.

Glavine calmed down after a very shaky start against his former team, retiring his last 17 batters to lead the Atlanta Braves past the New York Mets 6-1 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would go 17 up, 17 down after that first inning," said Glavine, who spent the previous five seasons with the Mets before re-signing with his original team over the winter. "There was no reason to expect that."

Indeed, Glavine (2-1) looked as though he might not make it out of the first.

On the sixth pitch of the game, Luis Castillo lofted a fly ball that barely cleared the wall in left for his first homer of the season. The Mets then loaded the bases with one out on singles by David Wright and Ryan Church, sandwiched around a walk to Carlos Beltran.

But Moises Alou hit a hard liner right at third baseman Chipper Jones, and right fielder Jeff Francoeur hauled in a fly ball to deep right by slumping Carlos Delgado to get the Braves out the inning trailing just 1-0.

After that, Glavine was unhittable. The Mets went three-up, three-down over the next five innings before the starter, bothered a bit by a sore right knee, turned it over to the bullpen.

New York didn't have another runner until Jose Reyes singled off Blaine Boyer with two outs in the eighth. The Mets, coming off a two-game sweep of the Yankees, managed just six hits.

Glavine conceded it was a little different to face the Mets than any other team.

"I probably had a little too much adrenaline," he said. "I had to fight that a little bit. Once I got over that, I was able to make my pitches."

Brian McCann homered and drove in three runs for the Braves, who improved the NL's best home record to 17-5. They are 6-16 away from Turner Field.

The doubleheader was scheduled after the teams were rained out April 4. In the night game, Jorge Campillo set to make his first start since 2005, with New York starting Claudio Vargas.

The Braves are used to seeing Glavine struggle in the first, and they're never surprised when he turns it around.

"He's that type of pitcher," McCann said. "Once he settles down and gets a feel for what the hitters are doing, then he comes up with a game plan. He adapts to what they're doing."

The Braves handed John Maine (5-3) his first loss in nearly a month. The right-hander had won four straight starts but was knocked around in this one, giving up four runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.

"I got the ball up in the zone," Maine said. "I didn't get a lot of swings and misses."

The Mets were kicked themselves for letting Glavine get in a groove.

"We let him off the hook early," manager Willie Randolph said. "You let quality pitchers off the hook, it's hard to come back."

Glavine's performance was especially satisfying in light of how he finished 2007 with the Mets, getting rocked on the final day of the regular season to complete New York's historic collapse in the NL East race.

"You're always trying to prove people wrong," he said. "There were a lot of naysayers about me coming to pitch with the way I finished last season. I still think I can pitch. That's the most important thing."

He'll get no argument from his former teammates.

"As the game went on, he threw more off-speed stuff," Delgado said. "He threw more changeups. He was challenging guys a little bit more. He's a smart guy."

Mark Teixeira tied it in the bottom half of the first with a two-out, run-scoring single. McCann put the Braves ahead to stay with another two-out single in the second, driving in Jones.

Yunel Escobar's fourth-inning sacrifice fly made it 3-1, and the Braves finished off Maine in the fifth. Jones led off with a walk and Teixeira followed with his third single of the game, prompting Mets manager Willie Randolph to go to the bullpen. Jones came around to score his second run on Kelly Johnson's sacrifice fly against Scott Schoeneweis.

McCann clinched it in the seventh against Aaron Heilman. Teixeira led off with a walk and McCann drove a 3-2 pitch over the center-field wall for his eighth homer.

Notes

  • Jones went 1-for-4, dropping his average to .406.
  • Delgado shows little sign of escaping his season-long slump. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and was hitting just .224.
  • Will Ohman, Boyer and Manny Acosta finished for the Braves, whose relievers had thrown 19 straight scoreless innings.
 
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The Mets can't get a handle on their former pitcher Tom Glavine in the first game of the doubleheader.  (AP)
The Mets can't get a handle on their former pitcher Tom Glavine in the first game of the doubleheader. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

T. Glavine
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4010010 .266
Luis Castillo, 2B4111001 .263
David Wright, 3B4010010 .282
Carlos Beltran, CF3010100 .253
Ryan Church, RF4010011 .306
Moises Alou, LF4010003 .333
Carlos Delgado, 1B4000025 .224
Brian Schneider, C3000020 .295
John Maine, P2000000 .111
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Fernando Tatis, PH1000000 .500
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
Totals3316117  
a-flied out for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
HR - Luis Castillo (1, Glavine)
RBI - Luis Castillo (11)
Team LOB - 6
New York Mets
John Maine (L,5-3) 4844320 3.29
Scott Schoeneweis 2100100 1.20
Aaron Heilman 1122101 6.35
Matt Wise 1100010 4.15
IBB - Francoeur by Scott Schoeneweis
WP - John Maine (5)
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 99-64, Scott Schoeneweis 24-15, Aaron Heilman 36-23, Matt Wise 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 4-5, Scott Schoeneweis 2-4, Aaron Heilman 2-1, Matt Wise 1-1
Batters Faced - John Maine 22, Scott Schoeneweis 8, Aaron Heilman 5, Matt Wise 4
Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS4021001 .313
Mark Kotsay, CF5110002 .298
Chipper Jones, 3B4210112 .406
Mark Teixeira, 1B3131100 .261
Brian McCann, C4123001 .321
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000112 .258
Kelly Johnson, 2B3111010 .279
Gregor Blanco, LF2000202 .300
Tom Glavine, P1000001 .143
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1010000 .259
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Norton, PH1000000 .313
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
Totals31611653  
a-singled for Glavine in the 6th
b-grounded out for Boyer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yunel Escobar (6, Maine), Kelly Johnson (10, Maine)
HR - Brian McCann (8, Heilman)
SF - Yunel Escobar (1), Kelly Johnson (3)
SH - Tom Glavine (2)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (20), Mark Teixeira (22), Brian McCann 3 (29), Kelly Johnson (18)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (12), Brian McCann (13)
SB - Gregor Blanco (4, 2nd base off Maine/Schneider)
CS - Yunel Escobar (1, 2nd base by Maine/Schneider)
Team LOB - 9
Atlanta Braves
Tom Glavine (W,2-1) 6311141 3.98
Will Ohman (H,7) 1.1000030 2.33
Blaine Boyer 0.2100000 3.91
Manny Acosta 1200000 3.32
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 82-54, Will Ohman 19-10, Blaine Boyer 7-7, Manny Acosta 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 5-9, Will Ohman 1-0, Blaine Boyer 1-1, Manny Acosta 3-0
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 22, Will Ohman 4, Blaine Boyer 3, Manny Acosta 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26873
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Kevin Causey, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Jerry Meals