Tom Glavine looks to win seven straight decisions for the first time in six years and become baseball’s first nine-game winner when the New York Mets close a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.
Glavine (8-2, 2.59 ERA) had a chance to win his ninth game Saturday, but did not factor in the Mets’ 3-2 11-inning win over San Francisco. The 40-year-old Glavine allowed just two runs and seven hits in seven innings, and the Mets (34-23) are 10-2 when he takes the mound this season.
“I was just trying to go out there and have a quick game for the boys after being here all day long,” said Glavine after pitching the nightcap of a doubleheader in which the first game was delayed by rain for more than 2 1/2 hours at the start. “We’re not good at that apparently. We like extra innings.”
Glavine has a 2.45 ERA in seven starts during his six-game winning streak. He has not won seven straight decisions since July 2-Aug. 4, 2000 while with the Atlanta Braves.
He has won three straight starts over Los Angeles (33-26), but has not faced them since Aug. 27, 2004. Glavine is 18-18 with a 3.65 ERA in 46 career starts against the Dodgers, and is 8-9 with a 3.87 ERA in 23 starts at Dodger Stadium.
Former Braves teammate Odalis Perez (4-1, 6.05) will make his first start since May 2 when he takes the mound for Los Angeles.
Perez was placed on the bereavement list to care for his ailing mother in the Dominican Republic in early May. He has had difficulty getting back into the starting rotation after Aaron Sele has gone 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA in six starts in his place.
In Perez’s six starts before going on bereavement, he allowed only one run in each of three wins, but gave up seven runs in each of his other starts.
The left-hander, who played with Atlanta from 1998-2001, is 1-0 while allowing five runs and 13 hits in 8 2-3 innings in five relief appearances since May 14.
Perez is 2-0 with a 4.76 ERA in four games at Dodger Stadium this season, and is 4-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 career games against New York.
The Dodgers snapped a two-game skid—their longest since a five-game slide from April 30-May 4—with an 8-5 victory on Tuesday.
After undergoing two arm surgeries in an 11-month span, Eric Gagne earned his first save since June 12, 2005 by striking out two in a perfect ninth.
“It’s good to go out there and be able to perform,” said Gagne, the 2003 Cy Young Award winner. “I just tried to go out there, do my business and try to get people out and get a save.
“There’s a little soreness, but it’s no big deal. I’m not 100 percent yet. It’s going to take a little while.”
Rookie right fielder Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a home run, and is hitting .345 (10-for-29) with four homers and 10 RBIs since being called up from Double-A Jacksonville on May 28.
Nomar Garciaparra hit his seventh homer of the season Tuesday, and is batting .357 (15-for-42) with 10 RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak. He also has reached safely by a hit or a walk in 30 straight games.
The first-place Mets lead the NL East by 3 1/2 games over Philadelphia, and have split the first two games of the series with Los Angeles, which trails Arizona by 1 1/2 games in the NL West.