Milwaukee (6-4) at New York (8-1)

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  • Game info: 1:10 pm EDT Sat Apr 15, 2006
  • TV: SNY
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The last time the New York Mets got off to this good a start, Steve Trachsel was in high school.

Trachsel tries to help the Mets win their eighth straight game when they continue their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Shea Stadium.

New York opened the series with a 4-3 victory on Friday behind a dominant start by Tom Glavine.

The 40-year-old left-hander, known for his ability to work the corners of the plate and induce ground balls, struck out 11 and scattered six hits over six innings to help the Mets (8-1) get off to their best start since 1985.

Glavine threw 107 pitches and gave up just one unearned run before watching Aaron Heilman and Duaner Sanchez struggle to protect the lead in the seventh and eighth.

New closer Billy Wagner then struck out one in a perfect ninth for his third save.

“Sanchez kept us on the edge of our seats,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said, referring to the set-up man who threw 45 pitches in two innings. “He made pitches when he had to. He likes the ball every day.”

Sanchez, who has pitched the last two days and has made five appearances this season, admitted he made a day to rest.

“That was a lot of pitches,” he said. “I probably need a day.”

The Mets have received strong performances from their starters and relievers as they have allowed more than three runs in only one of their last six games.

Trachsel should be well rested as he makes his second start of the season. The right-hander, who made just six starts in 2005 after returning from back surgery, went six innings in a 9-3 victory over Florida on April 7.

Trachsel, who like Glavine relies on location, gave up one run and three hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

“I wanted to make good pitches, hit my spots, set guys up. I didn’t change anything,” Trachsel said. “If you make good pitches, hit your spots, the defense should get you out of it.”

The 35-year-old Trachsel is 4-5 with a 5.73 ERA in 15 career appearances against Milwaukee.

While the Mets are getting strong pitching, the Brewers are struggling to score runs. Rookie Prince Fielder had two singles Friday as Milwaukee had no extra-base hits.

The Brewers (6-4) have lost four of their last five games, totaling just 13 runs. Geoff Jenkins, who was second on the team with 86 RBIs in 2005, got his first of the season with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning Friday.

Tomo Ohka will make his third start for Milwaukee. Ohka gave up gave up four runs, six hits and four walks in four innings in a 6-4 loss Monday to St. Louis.

The Japanese-born right-hander has made 13 appearances against the Mets, going 2-7 with a 4.70 ERA. He is 0-5 with a 4.89 ERA in five games at Shea Stadium.

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T. Ohka TOR vs. S. Trachsel BAL
4-5 Record 15-8
4.82 ERA 4.97
50 K 79
35 BB 78
1.37 WHIP 1.60