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Glavine barely misses first Mets no-no

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2004

NEW YORK Tom Glavine came within four outs of the first no-hitter in New York Mets history Sunday, blanking the Colorado Rockies 4-0 with his first career one-hitter.

Glavine retired his first 18 batters before a leadoff walk in the seventh inning and got two outs in the eighth before Kit Pellow doubled off the right-field wall.

The two-time Cy Young winner struck out eight and walked one in the best outing of his stellar career. But in their 43rd season, the Mets are still without a no-hitter.

Glavine's 23rd career shutout was the 27th one-hitter in team history and New York's first complete game this season.

It was the longest any Mets pitcher maintained a no-hitter since David Cone went 7 1-3 innings against Houston on April 28, 1992.

New York (22-22) completed a three-game sweep and reached .500 for the first time since April 16. Glavine (6-2) even hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth.

Diamondbacks 4, Marlins 3

MIAMI Randy Johnson followed up his perfect game with seven solid innings, and Arizona beat Dontrelle Willis.

Johnson didn't allow a baserunner until the third inning in his first outing since throwing a perfect game against Atlanta last week, and the Diamondbacks scored four times with two outs in the fifth against Willis (4-3).

Johnson extended his string of consecutive batters retired to 39 over his last three starts two shy of Jim Barr's major league record set for San Francisco in 1972. But the run ended when Abraham Nunez led off the third with a double.

Johnson (5-4) allowed four hits and two runs with five strikeouts for Arizona, which won for only the third time in 11 games.

Braves 5, Dodgers 1

ATLANTA Mike Hampton homered and pitched six scoreless innings for his first win of the season, leading Atlanta over Los Angeles.

Hampton (1-5) allowed nine hits and walked two, but pitched out of two bases-loaded jams. He also hit his 13th career homer most among active pitchers.

Reds 7, Astros 0

CINCINNATI Cory Lidle pitched his third career shutout and Ken Griffey Jr. hit a two-run homer in Cincinnati's fifth straight win.

The Reds have won eight of nine, pulling into first place in the NL Central.

Brewers 2, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH Keith Ginter homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Milwaukee over Pittsburgh.

With the game tied at 1, Ginter hit a 3-2 pitch from reliever Brian Meadows (2-1) over the left-center wall for his seventh homer. Lyle Overbay connected in the sixth for the Brewers.

Luis Vizcaino (1-2) won despite allowing Craig Wilson's tying homer in the eighth. Dan Kolb pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Phillies 6, Padres 4

PHILADELPHIA Tomas Perez hit a two-run homer and Vicente Padilla won his fourth straight start for Philadelphia.

Padilla (4-4) gave up three runs one earned and eight hits in six innings. Rheal Cormier and Roberto Hernandez each tossed a scoreless inning, and Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for his fifth save in seven opportunities.

Jimmy Rollins also homered for the Phillies. Pat Burrell hit a go-ahead single in the fifth, Todd Pratt added a two-run single in the eighth and Philadelphia took two of three from San Diego.

Brian Lawrence (6-3), who won his previous four starts, struggled with his command.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 3

CHICAGO Matt Clement earned his team-best sixth win, Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Cubs held to beat St. Louis.

Clement (6-3) went seven innings, retiring 11 straight during one stretch and allowing three hits including Albert Pujols' 12th homer in the sixth and Scott Rolen's 10th in the seventh that made it a one-run game.

Giants, Expos, Postponed

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico The series finale between the San Francisco Giants and Montreal Expos was postponed because of rain Sunday.

No makeup day was announced.



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