Atlanta (7-8) at New York (10-3)

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  • Game info: 1:10 pm EDT Wed Apr 19, 2006
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The New York Mets have been one of baseball’s early-season surprises, thanks partially to the surprising success of 40-year-old Tom Glavine for his team.

Glavine looks to continue some recent success against his former club and help injury-riddled New York rebound from its worst loss of the season when it wraps up a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves.

Glavine won 242 games for the Braves from 1987-2002, and was a mainstay of 11 straight division title winners. Since joining New York (10-3) in 2003, though, the left-hander has struggled when facing his former team, going just 2-8 with a 6.31 ERA in 12 starts.

In 71 1-3 innings, Glavine has been tagged for 50 runs and 89 hits— including 12 homers—and Braves batters have hit .324 against him.

But in his last three starts against his old club, Glavine has looked more like the dominant pitcher he was for Atlanta, going 1-0 with a 1.16 ERA while limiting Braves hitters to just a .221 average.

Glavine last faced Atlanta on Sept. 18, and tossed a six-hitter with two walks and three strikeouts in the Mets’ 4-1 win in New York.

He pitched six innings Friday against Milwaukee, holding the Brewers to a run and six hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts to get the win in New York’s 4-3 victory. The strikeout total matched his best output as a Met, set last Sept. 29 against Colorado.

Tim Hudson will try again for his first win of the season for Atlanta (7-8) while looking to stay unbeaten against New York. Hudson tossed a season-high 6 2-3 innings Friday against San Diego, giving up four runs and nine hits, but did not get a decision in the Braves’ 5-4 win.

In his first four NL starts against the Mets last season, Hudson was 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA, giving up only six runs and 25 hits in 28 innings pitched. Hudson pitched for Oakland from 1999-2004.

New York dropped the middle game of the series on Wednesday. Andruw Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, and Kyle Davies scattered three hits in his first career complete game as Atlanta posted a 7-1 win.

The 22-year-old right-hander struck out six and walked one in his 17th major league start.

“He was just dynamite,” Cox said. “Had all three pitches working.”

Jones, meanwhile, has driven in at least one run in 10 of his 15 games this year, and has seven multi-RBI games.

The Mets, who still own a four-game lead over their archrivals and the best record in the majors, played without three starters. Center fielder Carlos Beltran missed his third straight game with tightness in his right hamstring.

Cliff Floyd was out with a strained muscle in his left rib cage, but the injury-prone left fielder believes he will be able to play in this game.

“I feel OK. I just have to be smart and not push this thing,” Floyd said.

Rookie second baseman Anderson Hernandez was a late scratch with back spasms. He had been playing in place of Kaz Matsui, who is on the disabled list with a sprained knee ligament suffered during spring training.

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T. Hudson SF vs. T. Glavine Atl
13-12 Record 15-7
4.86 ERA 3.82
141 K 131
79 BB 62
1.44 WHIP 1.33