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MILWAUKEE 5, NY METS 3 (2ND GAME)
 

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- A lot has gone wrong for the New York Mets this season and a doubleheader sweep to the Milwaukee Brewers might be the least of their problems.

The Mets were swept in a doubleheader for the second time this season as Tom Glavine was forced to leave in the top of the second inning of a 5-3 loss to the Brewers.

After watching righthander Steve Trachsel serve up four homers in an 8-7 loss in the first game, New York manager Art Howe was forced to remove Glavine (5-6) after a disastrous 54-pitch outing in which he gave up five runs, four hits and four walks.

The veteran lefthander started the second inning by allowing a double to Scott Podsednik and was taken out with inflammation in his pitching elbow. Glavine lost his third straight start and could become the latest Met to join a crowded disabled list that has eight players, including Mike Piazza , Mo Vaughn and Pedro Astacio .

"I just didn't feel good physically and had a hard time doing what I wanted to do," Glavine said. "It wasn't a good night. It's been bothering me for a while. I had a lot of treatment this last week and it really hasn't felt all that great, all week long. It was difficult for me to extend and get the ball down. That's when it hurts.

"I'll take it a day at a time and see how it reacts. If it gets significantly better, I'll deal with it. If it doesn't, I'll make the appropriate decision."

Howe, trainer Scott Lawrenson and pitching coach Vern Ruhle went to the mound and ended Glavine's shortest start since he sprained his ankle May 16, 1989 at Wrigley Field.

"We had to get him out of there because of that," Howe said. "He'll be re-evaluated tomorrow. Hopefully it'll be something that can be nipped in the bud. I think he might have to miss a start, but we'll see."

The doubleheader sweep was the second of the season for New York, which struck out a record 27 times to the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 27.

The Brewers had 13 hits in the opener off Trachsel and two relievers and picked up where they left off with two outs in the first against Glavine en route to their first doubleheader sweep on the road since 1992.

"It's not too often we sweep anybody and I think the Mets have a good team," Milwaukee shortstop Royce Clayton said. "We were able to get to Glavine. He might have been hurt. He couldn't find his command early. We jumped out to a few runs and the pitching held."

Brady Clark had an RBI single, Keith Osik followed with a two-run double and Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets drew a bases-loaded walk after Glavine intentionally walked Clayton.

"I didn't know," Clayton said of Glavine's injury. "I just know that he's a great pitcher and he usually hits his spots. Something must have been troubling him, especially when he walked Ben Sheets . That's when you know something is laboring in his arm. Fortunately for us, he couldn't find it today."

Sheets (6-4) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings.

Ty Wigginton was the lone Met to solve him, connecting for a two-run homer in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth.

New York did not get a hit until Roger Cedeno led off the fourth with a single and scored on Wiggington's fourth homer.

After getting within two runs in the fifth, Clark made a diving catch in right field to rob Roberto Alomar of a base hit.

Wigginton was one of the few bright spots for the Mets, who have been swept in four of their last five doubleheaders. The third baseman went 5-for-9 in the two games with six RBI and became the first Met to homer in both games of a doubleheader since Robin Ventura hit a pair of grand slams on May 20, 1999 against Milwaukee.

Glavine was spelled by rookie Pat Strange , who gave up two hits in four scoreless innings. John Franco followed Strange and became the eighth pitcher in major league history to make 1,000 appearances.

"It was nice, but on the other hand, we lost two ballgames," Franco said. "So that puts a damper on things. I'd much rather have two wins than a thousand ballgames."

However, despite New York's effective relief pitching, the Mets did little until Sheets was taken out.

Pinch hitter Joe McEwing and Cliff Floyd singled off rookie Matt Ford , sending the go-ahead run up. But Floyd was forced out at second on Burnitz's grounder and Luis Vizcaino got pinch hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo to ground out.

Closer Mike DeJean , who served up a two-run homer to Tony Clark in the first game, retired the side in the ninth. He struck out Clark to finish the win and notched his 14th save in 17 opportunities.


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