Glavine notches milestone victory against RockiesPosted: Friday August 15, 2003 11:02 PM
Updated: Saturday August 16, 2003 12:11 AM
With yet another milestone under his belt, Glavine clearly has his mind set on reaching the magic mark of 300 wins.
"Obviously, it's partly along to where I want to be," he said. "It puts me in some nice company."
After a blackout that affected much of the Northeast forced the postponement of New York's game against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night, the last-place Mets rewarded 28,081 fans who made it to the ballpark by winning for the seventh time in 10 games.
It was a strong turnout, especially considering getting around town without a car was pretty tough. Although power had been restored to many parts of the metropolitan area by late Friday afternoon, subways and commuter trains were still down.
"It's more people than I thought would show up," Phillips said. "It was a good atmosphere."
It was the second blackout in as many days for the Rockies. On Wednesday night, they were playing at Montreal when a power failure briefly plunged Olympic Stadium into darkness. The rest of the city was not affected by that outage.
Cliff Floyd hustled on his sore Achilles' tendon and scored twice for the Mets. Ty Wigginton hit a pair of RBI doubles.
Glavine (8-11) became the 43rd major league pitcher to reach 250 career wins. He allowed only three hits in six innings but walked four and worked out of trouble all night.
"We're seeing the real Tom Glavine now," Mets manager Art Howe said. "Hopefully, he'll get locked in for the next two or three years."
The left-hander stranded eight runners in his second straight win since missing a start because of a strained ribcage muscle.
"We had some opportunities but we also hit some balls hard right at people," Colorado slugger Preston Wilson said. "They had us played in the right spots and he made good pitches when he had to."
Grant Roberts worked a perfect seventh and Mike Stanton got six outs to finish the four-hitter.
"That's what I can do. As big as I am, a lot of guys don't think I can run," Floyd said. "Once they forget about me, that's when I can take advantage."
Reyes led off the sixth with his second home run, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.
After Floyd legged out a one-out double, Phillips connected off Steve Reed for his ninth homer of the season and a 4-0 lead.
Wigginton added a two-out RBI double off Aaron Cook in the eighth.
Floyd finished 3-for-3 and reached base all four times. The left fielder plans to play through Monday, then have season-ending surgery on his right Achilles' tendon at the end of the month. He has played in pain most of the season.
"Everybody appreciates the effort he's given us," Howe said.
Mets catcher Mike Piazza went 1-for-4 with a single in his second game back from the disabled list. He homered and drove in five runs Wednesday night against San Francisco.
Oliver was charged with three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"I wasn't going to let Piazza beat me tonight. That was my main thing," Oliver said. "If you're going to let somebody beat you on this team, it's got to be guys like that, not the big bombers like Piazza and Floyd."
Plate umpire Justin Klemm was hit in the side of the head by the shattered barrel of Phillips' broken bat in the eighth. Klemm stayed down for a few minutes before being helped to his feet by medical staff. He walked off the field under his own power as a pad was held to his head.
Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Klemm received three stitches for his cut but was otherwise OK.
Second base umpire Tony Randazzo moved behind the plate, and the game was delayed about 10 minutes. During the delay, a fan ran on the field but was quickly tackled and led off by security. Rockies right fielder Larry Walker signed autographs while he was waiting.
Notes: The Rockies are an NL-worst 20-44 on the road. ... It was New York's seventh shutout of the season. Colorado has been blanked six times. ... Walker made an outstanding sliding catch to rob Roger Cedeno of extra bases in the first inning. ... It was Floyd's second steal of the season. ... Next up for Glavine on the career wins list is Bob Gibson with 251. ... Glavine is 9-4 lifetime against the Rockies.