One of the team's few bright spots during a disappointing start, Glavine allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings as the
New York Mets
snapped a five-game losing streak with an 9-3 victory over the
Glavine (4-2) blanked the Brewers until giving up a solo home run to
in the sixth and a two-run shot to
in the seventh. He walked none and struck out three.
"That's your job as a pitcher, to go out there and give your offense a chance to work," Glavine said. "We got on the board early and as a pitcher, it makes your job easier out there. Throw strikes and try to get those innings over as fast as you can."
"It was traditional
; throwing the ball in and out, changing speeds," Mets manager
said. "It was nice that he could relax out there and not have to hold his breath on every pitch. It's one of the first times he's had a nice, comfortable lead to work with."
had four hits and drove in two runs for the Mets, who took advantage of three Milwaukee errors to hand the Brewers their sixth straight loss.
"We've obviously had our share of defensive troubles," Glavine said. "When you struggle to win ballgames and you struggle defensively, it makes you look that much worse."
went 2-for-5 with an RBI for the Mets, snapping an 0-for-21 slump.
The eight runs was a season high for the Mets, who banged out 15 hits. With the exception of
, every New York starter had at least one hit.
"You get a big lead like that, it was the kind of game we needed," Glavine said. "You go out there and have everything fall in place and not have to worry every pitch or every at-bat."
"Tommy did a fine job of giving us seven quality innings and basically giving the bullpen the night off," Howe added.
(1-5) allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings, but only two of the runs were earned. He did not want to blame the defense.
"I really didn't make pitches, regardless," he said. "We obviously made a couple mistakes on the field and nobody is trying to do that. Those guys are busting their butts."
Rusch, who pitched for New York from 1999-2001, dropped to 1-2 in three career starts against his former team. Prior to Friday, he an ERA of 0.64 against the Mets.
"He's just going through a stretch right now, just like a hitter," Brewers manager
said. "Hitters get hot, then cold, and pitchers get hot and cold. He's one good start from getting on a roll."
had an RBI double in the first and Alomar added a run-scoring single in the second before
's two-run homer in the third made it 4-0. Wigginton followed with a double and scored when Glavine reached on second baseman Young's error.
He's (Rusch) grinding, he's battling," Nost added. "He didn't get much help defensively, but he just battles his tail off."
The Mets tacked on three runs in the sixth, taking an 8-0 lead on a two-run double by Wigginton and an RBI single by
closed out the victory with two scoreless innings in relief.
The six-game losing skid matches a season high for the Brewers, who opened the year with six straight losses.