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Braves Beat Up on Glavine, Mets

Former star of Atlanta rotation gives up eight hits and six runs and leaves after 31/3 innings.

May 25, 2003|From Associated Press

ATLANTA — 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 the Atlanta Braves' rotation for 16 seasons, was hit hard in his first start against his former team Saturday, leaving after only 3 1/3 innings as the Braves beat the New York Mets, 10-4.

"For now, I'm disappointed in how it went, but I'm glad it's over with," said Glavine, who was bothered by a blister on the index finger of his pitching hand.

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

Glavine (5-4) gave up six runs and eight hits, his worst start since the Cubs pounded him for five runs on eight hits on opening day. In his previous start, he held the San Francisco Giants to one run in 8 1/3 innings.

"It was strange," Glavine said. "I really wasn't ready for how strange it was. But after the first inning, I felt pretty good."

The crowd of 40,912 was the largest of the season at Turner Field, and when Glavine 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 were drowned out by a brief standing ovation.

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.

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