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Glavine wins 299th against Pirates

Jul 26, 2007 - 3:09 AM By Doug Mittler PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- Blessed with another early cushion, Tom Glavine made it stand up and moved within one victory of one of baseball's more cherished milestones.

Glavine pitched six effective innings to earn his 299th career victory as the New York Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second straight night, 6-3, on Wednesday.

Paul Lo Duca had a pair of two-run doubles for the Mets, who built a six-run lead in the first three innings and coasted to their fifth win in six games.

The 41-year-old Glavine will try to become just the 23rd pitcher to reach the coveted 300-win plateau, and what amounts to an automatic ticket to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. His next start will likely be Tuesday on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers.

"You try to risk the temptation to get ahead of yourself, but now it's the next start," Glavine said. "I'm not going to tell you it will be easy to do. It will be an exciting time."

It was another long night for the Pirates, who lost for the 10th time in their last 11 games and saw their most effective pitcher, Tom Gorzelanny, leave after just 2 1/3 innings with left shoulder stiffness.

"He's been a very durable guy for us all year," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "We want to see how he's doing tomorrow as far as moving forward."

The Mets scored six first-inning innings for Glavine in his last start Thursday at Los Angeles, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner had one of his worst outings of the season. He allowed six runs and 10 hits in two innings and did not figure in the decision.

Glavine (9-6) made the most out of the cushion on Wednesday. The lefthander worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and allowed three runs and eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

"I didn't feel totally comfortable," said Glavine, who had pitched eight dominant innings against Cincinnati in his first start after the All-Star break. "I went out in LA and I didn't know what it was. I felt OK tonight, but not like I did against Cincinnati. It felt like every inning was a struggle." All of the 300-game winners eligible for induction have been elected to baseball's highest honor.

"It's something that I'm proud of, the company I'm being discussed with," Glavine added.

Aaron Heilman retired all six batters he faced in the seventh and eighth and Billy Wagner worked the ninth for his 23rd save.

The Mets played without center fielder Carlos Beltran, who was a late scratch due to an abdominal sprain suffered during batting practice and is not expected to play Thursday in the finale of the three-game series.

"It feels tight, like I pulled something," said Beltran, who was treated with ice. "This is something that has to be day-to-day, but I'm 100 percent sure I can't play tomorrow."

Pittsburgh's Jason Bay hit his third homer of the series, a two-run blast in the fifth. Adam LaRoche drove in the first Pirate run earlier in the inning with a groundout.

Tracy was ejected for arguing a call on a line drive to left fielder Jason Bay.

Gorzelanny (9-6) lost his second straight start, allowing six runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.

"It just feels stiff. It never felt like I got loose," Gorzellany said.

His troubles started in the first when Lastings Milledge doubled with one out and David Wright and Carlos Delgado walked to load the bases.

Lo Duca, showing signs of coming out of a prolonged slump, lined a two-run double down the left field and Marlon Anderson made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly.

"It was nice. I'm starting to feel better at the plate," Lo Duca said. "I need to grind out at-bats. Hopefully I can keep it going."

New York added three runs in the third. Lo Duca doubled to left-center field in the third to score Wright, who doubled, and Delgado, who walked. Damion Easley followed with an RBI single to make it 6-0.

Glavine walked three straight batters with one out in the first, but escaped by getting Xavier Nady to ground into a double play.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
    NY METS 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 x 6 9 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PIT - TOM GORZELANNY, TONY ARMAS (3RD), MASUMI KUWATA (5TH), JOHN
    GRABOW (6TH), SALOMON TORRES (6TH), SHAWN CHACON (8TH) AND
    RYAN DOUMIT
    NYM - TOM GLAVINE, AARON H

    Jul 25 9:50 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JASON BAY (16) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF TOM GLAVINE SCORED FREDDY SANCHEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3, NY METS 6
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: X NADY (.281, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates vs. MetsJul 25 8:41 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY ADAM LAROCHE SCORED MATT KATA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, F SANCHEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    NY METS 6 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAY (.251, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Pirates vs. MetsJul 25 8:41 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAMION EASLEY SCORED PAUL LO DUCA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D EASLEY ON FIRST, M ANDERSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0
    NY METS 6 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: S GREEN (.269, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. MetsJul 25 8:10 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY PAUL LO DUCA SCORED DAVID WRIGHT AND CARLOS
    DELGADO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P LO DUCA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0
    NY METS 5 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: M ANDERSON (.231, 0-FOR-0, SF, RBI)

    Pirates vs. MetsJul 25 8:07 PM
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    Pirates vs. MetsJul 25 8:05 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MARLON ANDERSON SCORED CARLOS DELGADO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, P LO DUCA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0
    NY METS 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: D EASLEY (.257, 8 HR, 20 RBI)

    Pirates vs. MetsJul 25 7:35 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY PAUL LO DUCA SCORED LASTINGS MILLEDGE AND DAVID
    WRIGHT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P LO DUCA ON SECOND, C DELGADO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0
    NY METS 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: M ANDERSON (.231, 0 HR, 4 RBI)

    Pirates vs. MetsJul 25 7:33 PM
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    Pirates vs. MetsJul 23 6:35 PM