April 29, 2006: Glavine and Lo Duca Put Away Braves

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Date: April 29, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 1
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Paul Lo Duca
Key play: Lo Duca’s home run

The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday night in Atlanta. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Tom Glavine pitched seven scoreless innings and Paul Lo Duca hit a home run to lead the Mets to a 1-0 win.

Braves’ starter John Thomson gave up only a single to Carlos Beltran and two walks in shutting down the Mets from the first inning to the fifth. Glavine yielded four singles and a pair of walks, but no runs in the bottom halves. With one out in the top of the sixth, Lo Duca homered to give the Mets a one-run lead. Thomson retired Beltran on a pop-up to second baseman Marcus Giles and threw a called third strike past Carlos Delgado to end the inning. Glavine then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Xavier Nady hit a two-out single against Thomson in the top of the seventh. Nady stole second base and Kazuo Matsui was given an intentional walk. A walk to Glavine loaded the bases and Atlanta reliever Oscar Villarreal retired Jose Reyes on a fly ball to left fielder Matt Diaz that ended the inning. Glavine hurled a perfect bottom half and Lo Duca singled against Villarreal to open the top of the eighth. Beltran walked and the Braves’ Mike Remlinger struck out Delgado. Remlinger threw a called third strike past David Wright and got Cliff Floyd on an inning-ending pop-up to third baseman Chipper Jones. Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Atlanta reliever Lance Cormier yielded just a single to Matsui in the top of the ninth. Chipper Jones singled against the Mets’ Billy Wagner to begin the bottom of the inning. Andruw Jones hit a ground ball to shortstop Reyes for a double play. Wagner then fanned Jeff Francoeur for the game’s final out. The Mets had shutout victory.