ATLANTA (AP) -- Russ Ortiz labored through five innings, throwing
101 pitches and never finding a comfort zone.
Still, he fared better than Tom Glavine.
"I don't even think about it," Ortiz said of his win total.
"I'm more concerned with coming out here and giving us a chance to
win every game. That's what I strive for."
Ortiz (13-4) hardly was sharp, but he pitched out of jams in the
third and fifth and won his sixth straight. He gave up three runs
on four hits, struck out five and walked four.
If he hadn't gotten through the fourth on only seven pitches, he
might not have lasted long enough to get the win.
"It was a struggle," Ortiz said. "It was a battle from the
first pitch on. But it was only out of the windup. I felt good from
the stretch, so I didn't lose confidence."
John Smoltz got the final out for his 35th save in 37
opportunities -- the 100th of his career. He became the 15th pitcher
in history to have 100 wins and 100 saves, joining Tom Gordon of
the Chicago White Sox as the only active ones.
"It's a number," Smoltz said. "They can be as big as you want
them to be or as little as you want them to be. I choose to make
"I'm more concerned about my success rate than the numbers.
Over the last two years, I've saved 100 out of 107, and that's what
I'm more proud of."
Glavine (6-10), facing the Braves for the fourth time this
season, lasted only 4 1-3 innings and gave up seven runs on nine
hits. He fell to 0-4 against Atlanta, and he's allowed 23 earned
runs in those games.
"The first time I pitched against them here, I didn't pitch
well," Glavine said. "I think the last three times I've pitched a
lot better than the results have been. But they're getting it done.
That's why they have the record that they have."
The crowd's reaction to Glavine was a bit muted in his second
visit to Turner Field. When he came to the plate in the second
inning, a loud chorus of boos were quickly met with some cheers.
The response was the same when he walked off the mound.
In his previous start, Glavine beat Philadelphia 4-3.
"It seems that there's always one team every year that you
struggle against for whatever reasons, and I guess for me it's
Atlanta," he said. "It doesn't make it any worse than if it was
Florida or Philadelphia."
Jason Phillips had two hits for the Mets, who have lost nine of
Atlanta played without left fielder Chipper Jones, who
aggravated a wrist injury Friday night. Darren Bragg replaced Jones
in the lineup and went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI, snapping
an 11-for-78 slump.
"I just wanted to be aggressive at the plate," Bragg said. "I
wasn't planning on taking any pitches. Fortunately, I got a good
swing on a couple of pitches and found some holes. That's what it's
Glavine retired the side in order in the first, then ran into
trouble in the second. Andruw Jones doubled off the wall in center,
and an out later, Julio Franco drew a walk. Castilla doubled to
drive in Jones, and Bragg brought in Franco and Castilla with a
Bragg scored on a single by Ortiz to make it 4-1.
"I think you still fight the urge that they know what you're
trying to do," Glavine said of the Braves. "They have a great
game plan and I guess so far they've outexecuted me."
After the Mets closed to 4-3 in the third, Jones hit a 413-foot
solo shot to left in the bottom of the inning.
Atlanta finished Glavine in the fifth after Jones drew a one-out
walk and moved to third on a single by Lopez. Franco drove in Jones
with a single to left, and Dan Wheeler came on to replace Glavine.
Castilla's sacrifice fly scored Lopez with the final run of the
New York 1B Tony Clark struck out four times. ... Mets LHP
Al Leiter, currently on the disabled list with inflammation in his
right knee, will be activated to start Sunday's game. ... Since
Leiter's pitching, Chipper Jones could be out of the lineup again
Sunday. His injury bothers him most when he bats right-handed. ...
Atlanta 2B Marcus Giles started for the first time in five games
and went 0-for-4. ... Before Saturday's game, Atlanta LHP Jung Keun
Bong and New York RHP Jae Weong Seo presented a jersey to Korean
Consulate General Kim Sung-Yup.
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