New York (49-54) at Atlanta (57-46)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 1, 2004
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The New York Mets acquired Kris Benson and Victor Zambrano prior to the trade deadline, showing that they were serious about competing for the NL East title this year.

They’ll need Tom Glavine to help them avoid a potentially disastrous three-game sweep to the division-leading Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Six games behind Atlanta when the series began, the Mets sent shockwaves through their organization by dealing several highly touted prospects in a pair of deals for Benson and Zambrano, two right-handers they hope can help them win now.

But the Mets suffered a 3-1 loss hours after completing the trades, and Benson was battered for seven runs in Saturday night’s 8-0 loss, leaving New York a season-worst eight games behind Atlanta.

“I didn’t pitch my game,” said Benson. “It was awkward out there. That’s the first time that’s happened to me this season, where I didn’t really feel all that comfortable.”

Jaret Wright pitched seven strong innings and added a pair of hits as the Braves beat the Mets for the seventh time in 10 meetings this season. Atlanta swept a rain-shortened two-game set from New York last weekend at Shea Stadium.

Glavine, who boasts the third-best ERA in the majors at 2.61, went 0-5 in seven starts from June 18-July 22 due mainly to a lack of run support and some shaky defense behind him. However, the veteran left-hander got back in the win column Tuesday at Montreal, allowing two runs and seven hits over seven solid innings in a 4-2 victory over the Expos.

“When you get on a bad streak, sometimes the hardest one is the first one to get things back going again, so hopefully this one will get us going again,” said the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and nine-time All-Star.

Glavine, who signed with the Mets as a free agent prior to last season after spending the previous 16 seasons with Atlanta, dropped his first four decisions against his former club before opening this year with a 7-2 win at Turner Field on April 6.

Despite the victory, Glavine has an 8.65 ERA in five career starts against the Braves.

The Mets have lost 13 of their last 18, while the Braves finished up a 21-6 July.

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T. Glavine Atl vs. P. Byrd Bos
11-14 Record 8-7
3.60 ERA 3.94
109 K 79
70 BB 19
1.29 WHIP 1.24