NEW YORK (AP) -- For Tom Glavine, the turnaround has been
dramatic and relatively simple. He's throwing more strikes and
getting better results.
Glavine struggled mightily early in the season and heard the
whispers that at age 39, he might be done. The message he sent
again Saturday is that he's far from finished, pitching effectively
into the eighth inning to lead the New York Mets over San Francisco
5-1 and send the Giants to their eighth straight loss.
It was vintage Glavine, making big pitches when he had to,
hitting his spots, getting key outs.
"This is as good as I've been in the last month," Glavine
said. "I'm throwing more strikes, not walking guys, more
comfortable with my mechanics. I trust myself to throw strikes."
Glavine (4-5) wasn't overpowering. He never is. He scattered
nine hits over 7 2/3 innings for his 266th win, tying Bob Feller
and Eppa Rixley for 32nd on the career list. He struck out three,
walked none and left with two runners on.
"You try to go as deep as you can and make it as short as you
can for the bullpen," Glavine said.
As he walked off, he got a standing ovation from the crowd of
"That was nice," he said, "much better than the alternative.
Hopefully, it will continue that way."
The Giants are on their longest losing streak since also
dropping eight straight in May 2000. They finished that season with
the best record in baseball.
"I think all of us have got to turn around and look at what
we're doing because what we're doing ain't making it," catcher
Mike Matheny said.
The Mets took the lead when Cameron, batting .464 against
left-handers, hit a 3-1 pitch from Noah Lowry (2-6) for his sixth
home run in the first inning.
Moises Alou, who had four hits, tied it in the fourth, hitting
the first pitch from Glavine for his 10th homer.
"I had a good day today for the most part but all of us have
the same goal and that's to win ballgames," Alou said. "If we
don't do that, I really don't enjoy anything on the field."
"Beltran bunted on his own. He's a versatile player. He plays
team ball," manager Willie Randolph said. "I have no problem with
New York added a run in the eighth when Giants reliever Tyler
Walker threw away Reyes' sacrifice bunt for an error.
The Mets used a perfect relay to cut down Deivi Cruz at the
plate in the first inning.
With two outs and Cruz on first, Alou doubled into the
left-field corner. Cruz ran through a stop sign from third base
coach Gene Glynn and was thrown out on the relay from Floyd to
Reyes to Piazza.
Lowry opened the third with a double and was sacrificed to
third. But Glavine retired Omar Vizquel on a popup and struck out
Marlon Anderson got his major league-leading 11th pinch-hit
in the eighth for the Mets. ... Cameron's homer was the 28th in the
last 26 games for the Mets. ... Floyd's assist in the first inning
was his seventh this season. He had been tied for the NL lead with
six. ... Lowry won his first seven major league decisions,
second-best in club history behind Hooks Wiltse, who won his first
12 decisions in 1904. ... Mets first baseman Chris Woodward made a
sparkling dive to rob Mike Matheny of a hit in the seventh.