New York (37-38) at Cincinnati (41-35)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed Jun 30, 2004
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After a dismal first season with the New York Mets last year, Tom Glavine has looked a lot like the pitcher who won the Cy Young Award in 1991 and 1998 this season.

He will try to keep up his strong pitching when the New York Mets continue their three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Glavine leads the majors with 2.11 ERA—including a 1.73 mark in his last seven starts. The 38-year-old left-hander was 9-14 with a 4.52 ERA in his first year with the Mets after leaving the Atlanta Braves as a free agent.

He is facing the Reds for the second straight start following a 6-2 loss on Thursday. Glavine took a 2-1 lead into the seventh, but an error allowed Cincinnati to score three runs, and eventually sent him to his first loss since May 28.

Glavine gave up two runs and nine hits, struck out five and didn’t issue a walk over 6 1-3 innings, marking the fifth time this season he has allowed two earned runs or fewer only to come away without a decision or tagged with the loss.

“I don’t think I’ve ever consistently had a stretch like this,” he said. “But you can’t get consumed with it. I can’t think about the stuff I can’t control. I can’t be happier with the way I’ve been throwing the ball but personally it hasn’t happened a lot and I have to try and brush that off the best I can.”

Despite that loss, Glavine is 25-10 with a 3.32 ERA in 43 career starts against the Reds. The 25 wins are his most against any opponent.

Glavine will again oppose Cory Lidle, who won his first career start against the Mets on Thursday. Lidle allowed nine hits, two runs and no walks while striking out eight over eight innings.

“I felt good,” said Lidle, who has a 2.40 ERA in his last two starts. “I was throwing strikes. I had everything working. I kept the ball down. That was my game plan. Keep the ball down. Let them hit it on the ground.”

The Mets took the opener 7-5 Tuesday, their fourth victory in the last six games.

The Reds, who played without Sean Casey because of a strained right calf, lost for the sixth time in 10 games. Casey, who suffered the injury while running out a hit in Sunday’s 14-4 loss to Pittsburgh, is listed as day to day.

Ken Griffey Jr., a late scratch Tuesday because of cramps in his left calf, ended a career-worst 0-for-24 stretch with a pinch-hit single. The All-Star center fielder has gone 1-for-27 since hitting his 500th career homer on June 20 against St. Louis.

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T. Glavine Atl vs. C. Lidle NYY
11-14 Record 12-12
3.60 ERA 4.90
109 K 126
70 BB 61
1.29 WHIP 1.35