Glavine gets little respect in Atlanta - Taipei Times
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Glavine gets little respect in Atlanta

UNWELCOME The crowd of 40,912 was the largest of the season at Turner Field, and as Glavine walked to the bullpen before the game, he received a loud chorus of boos


New York Mets starting pitcher Tom Glavine throws to an Atlanta Braves batter in Atlanta on Saturday. The Braves won 10-4.


Nothing seemed right about Tom Glavine's return to Turner Field -- not his uniform, not the smattering of boos from the crowd, and certainly not his performance.

Glavine, a stalwart of Atlanta's rotation for 16 seasons, got knocked around in his first start against his old team Saturday, leaving after only 3 1-3 innings as the Braves beat the New York Mets 10-4.

Andruw Jones and Javy Lopez both homered off Glavine, and Gary Sheffield and Robert Fick added home runs off reliever Jaime Cerda.

Glavine (5-4) gave up six runs and eight hits, his worst start since opening day.

The crowd of 40,912 was the largest of the season at Turner Field, and reactions to Glavine were strong. When he walked to the bullpen before the game, he received a loud chorus of boos. But when he took the mound in the first inning, the boos eventually were drowned out by a brief standing ovation.

Glavine helped the Braves win 11 straight division titles and the 1995 World Series. He signed as a free agent with the Mets. The appearance by Glavine overshadowed the performance of Atlanta rookie Horacio Ramirez (4-2), who held the Mets to two runs and four hits through seven innings.

Dodgers 6, Brewers 0

In Milwaukee, Hideo Nomo took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and Fred McGriff hit a grand slam as Los Angeles won its ninth straight.

Nomo, who has pitched a pair of no-hitters in his career, held the Brewers hitless until John Vander Wal's looping liner to left with one out in the seventh.

Nomo (6-4) gave up two hits in his ninth career shutout and second this season. He matched a season high with eight strikeouts and walked four in his 16th career complete game.

Marlins 5, Reds 4

In Cincinnati, Florida overcame a pair of two-run homers by Ken Griffey Jr., disappointing a sellout crowd of 41,285. Alex Gonzalez and Juan Encarnacion each had three hits to lead the Marlins to their second straight win following a six-game losing streak.

The Reds fell below .500 for the first time since May 17 with their third consecutive loss. Cincinnati has lost six of nine.

Brad Penny (3-3) was effective a day after he was scratched from a start because of the flu. The Marlins right-hander, celebrating his 25th birthday, struck out a season-high 10 in six innings for his first win in seven starts.

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 1

In Phoenix, Brian Lawrence retired his last 20 batters in a two-hitter, and San Diego beat Curt Schilling to snap a nine-game losing streak.

Lawrence (3-5) earned his first victory since April 11. He was 0-5 in his previous seven starts, but did not allow a runner to reach base after the third inning.

Arizona's only two hits were singles by Steve Finley in the second inning and Tony Womack in the third. Lawrence struck out four and walked one.

It was the first complete game for a Padres pitcher this season. San Diego held a team to fewer than three runs for the first time since April 24.

Carlos Delgado and Tom Wilson each hit a pair of RBI doubles to help the Toronto Blue Jays send the reeling New York Yankees to their sixth straight home loss, 5-2 Saturday.

New York has dropped 10 of 11 at Yankee Stadium for just the second time in franchise history and lost 10 of 13 overall to fall behind Boston in the AL East.

Cory Lidle (8-2) won his seventh straight decision to become the majors' first eight-game winner, and Frank Catalanotto hit two of Toronto's seven doubles and scored twice.

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