Braves beat Glavine again
FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- The
love catching up on old times with
hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning as the Braves pounded Glavine for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings and won the rubber game of a three-game series with the
New York Mets
Glavine was tagged for 12 hits, the most he has allowed since leaving the Braves and joining the Mets in 2003. The two-time Cy Young Award winner played more than 15 seasons with the Braves, but the experience has meant little when facing his former teammates. He fell to 1-7 with a 9.36 ERA in eight career appearances against Atlanta.
"I love the guy like a brother, but every time we cross the white line we're enemies," said Perez, a former catcher for Glavine in Atlanta.
Glavine has found success by trying to expand the strike zone, and Atlanta hitters knew to avoid that. They drew three walks from the veteran lefthander while waiting for him to come over the plate.
"He (Glavine) always pitches the same way," Atlanta's
said. "When we get a chance, we know what he's going to do."
Jones hit a solo homer in the seventh off reliever
(2-1) also was facing his former team and fared much better, allowing three runs and seven hits in seven innings to win his third straight decision against the Mets. Two of the hits were home runs to
"I thought I made a different pitch to Floyd," Hampton said. "I thought I was on my game. I had to be because there is no letup in that lineup."
Hampton pitched one year for the Mets, in 2000, but
is the only player left from that team that won the National League pennant. He is 10-9 against the Mets in his career.
Glavine still sees many familiar faces on the Braves, but doubted if that gave them an advantage.
"In all honesty, the way I'm pitching is different from when I was there," Glavine said. "For whatever reason, they have been better at sitting on pitches and waiting for a mistake. I don't know if their approach is any different from what other teams do."
Perez hit a two-run homer in the fifth and Betemit, who was playing for the injured
, followed with the first major league homer of his career to give the Braves a 7-3 lead.
"(Glavine) makes a living on making people chase," said Atlanta's
, who had two of Atlanta's 13 hits. "We didn't do it."
The win was the sixth in seven games for the Braves. Hampton has won 14 of his last 15 decisions and lowered his ERA this season to 1.67.
"One thing he's riding now is his confidence," Floyd said. "In the past we've seen him when he might have been struggling mentally. He's figured it out."
had a two-run single in the third before Atlanta collected four hits off Glavine in the fourth, including run-scoring singles by
that increased the lead to 4-1.
Floyd extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-run homer in the fourth. Mientkiewicz opened the scoring with a solo homer in the second.
replaced Hampton and was unable to retire any of the three hitters he faced in the eighth. A passed ball by Perez allowed one run to score, but reliever
escaped further damage by getting
to hit into a double play.
pitched the ninth.
The Braves played the entire three-game series without third baseman
, who suffered a bruised left foot on Sunday.