Glavine tosses six-hitter as Mets top Braves
FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) --
did not give the
New York Mets
' bullpen another chance to ruin another gem against his former team.
Glavine pitched a six-hitter for his first complete game this season and
hit his career-high 32nd homer as the Mets posted a 4-1 victory in the rubber game of their three-game series with the
Signed by New York before the 2003 campaign, Glavine had struggled mightily against Atlanta, the team he spent the first 16 seasons of his career with. The veteran lefthander was just 1-8 with a 7.07 ERA in 11 starts vs. the Braves.
However, Glavine (11-13) yielded one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings in Turner Field on September 7 and was in line for the win before closer
relinquished the lead in the ninth inning of an eventual 4-3 setback.
Glavine left no room for doubt Sunday, retiring the last eight batters he faced en route to his 54th career complete game and first since May 23, 2004.
"There's a measure of satisfaction," said Glavine, who struck out two and walked three. "I think there's more satisfaction because I view myself as being able to pitch two or three more years beyond this year. The only way I was going to be able to do that was starting to do some of the things I've started to do and that is more gratifying."
"It was an outstanding job by Tommy," New York manager
said. "We're real proud of the man. He's made serious adjustments to his game and is back to where he's supposed to be."
Glavine's biggest adjustment was the addition of a curveball to his arsenal over the All-Star break.
"I'm just trying to get away from being a two-pitch pitcher," Glavine said.
"He's mixing in a curveball now," Atlanta second baseman
said. "When I played behind him he never had a curveball. I think this is the second outing where we've faced him where he mixed in his curveball."
The Braves held a 1-0 lead before the Mets surged ahead in a three-pitch span in the sixth inning.
drew a five-pitch walk,
sent the next pitch from Braves starter
(3-5) into deep center field for an RBI double to tie the score, 1-1.
followed with another first-pitch double to score Diaz before Floyd sent the next offering over the center field fence for his 200th career homer and a 4-1 edge.
"It's been a long time for me, so I'm proud of that," said Floyd, who hit 31 homers for Florida in 2001. "My confidence has come back and now I feel like I'm going to get better."
"I challenged him from day one and he's responded beautifully," Randolph said.
Thomson allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out six. The righthander, who has battled injuries all season, remained winless since May 5.
Giles hit a solo homer in the sixth for the Braves (85-65), whose magic number to clinch the National League East Division remained at nine.