September 18, 2005: Glavine Six-Hits Braves

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Date: September 18, 2005
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 4
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Cliff Floyd, Carlos Beltran, Victor Diaz
Key play: Diaz’s and Beltran’s doubles, Floyd’s home run

The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Tom Glavine pitched a six-hitter in a 4-1 Mets win over Atlanta.

Glavine set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. Braves’ starter John Thomson hurled a perfect bottom half and Glavine retired all three batters in the top of the second. Cliff Floyd hit a single to lead off the bottom of the inning. David Wright singled to advance Floyd to third base and Mike Piazza flied out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Thomson then struck out both Mike Jacobs and Anderson Hernandez to end the inning.

Glavine gave up only a single to Brian Jordan in the top of the third. Thomson yielded just a bunt single to Jose Reyes in the bottom half and Glavine surrendered only a walk to Rafael Furcal in the top of the fourth. The Mets were retired 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Andruw Jones got a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Francoeur flied out to center fielder Carlos Beltran and a double by Adam LaRoche followed. Jordan popped out to second baseman Hernandez and an intentional walk to Johnny Estrada loaded the bases. Glavine threw a called third strike past Thomson to close out the inning. Thomson then pitched a perfect bottom half.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Marcus Giles hit a home run for a 1-0 Atlanta lead. Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones were retired on consecutive ground balls to third baseman Wright to end the inning and Reyes drew a walk to open the bottom half. Victor Diaz doubled to drive home Reyes and scored the go-ahead run on a double by Beltran. Floyd connected for a two-run homer and a three-run Mets lead. Wright grounded out to shortstop Furcal. Thomson then got Piazza to ground out to third baseman Chipper Jones and retired Jacobs on a fly ball to Francoeur to finish off the inning.

Francoeur got a leadoff double in the top of the seventh. LaRoche singled for the Braves’ sixth hit and Jordan went down on strikes. Estrada grounded to shortstop Reyes for an inning-ending double play and Thomson shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Glavine retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases against Braves’ reliever Anthony Lerew in the bottom of the inning.

Chipper Jones grounded out to Reyes to begin the top of the ninth. Andruw Jones was retired on a line drive to Wright. Francoeur then grounded back to Glavine for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory.