New York (56-38) at Cincinnati (50-45)

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  • Game info: 12:35 pm EDT Thu Jul 20, 2006
  • TV: SNY
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Even though he’s missed out on his last four chances to do it, Mets starter Tom Glavine can still become the first 12-game winner in the National League.

Glavine looks to shake off his first loss in nearly three months when New York wraps up a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday at Great American Ball Park.

Glavine (11-3, 3.56 ERA) allowed three runs in five innings of Saturday’s 9-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The defeat was the first since April 24 for the 40-year-old left-hander, who had gone 9-0 with a 3.74 ERA in 14 starts in between.

“During the streak where I haven’t lost games, I’ve pitched some games where I was a lot worse than this one,” said Glavine, who is 0-1 with a 4.64 ERA in his last four outings. “I felt good. I still felt good in the sixth inning, but things just unraveled.”

Boston’s Josh Beckett and Toronto’s Roy Halladay are the only 12-game winners in baseball this season. Halladay is slated to pitch Thursday, along with four other AL pitchers with 11 victories.

Glavine is 26-12 with a 3.41 ERA in 46 career starts against the Reds. He won his last start against them on May 18 last season, ending a three-start losing streak against Cincinnati.

The NL East-leading Mets (56-38) lost for just the second time in seven games on Wednesday, falling 7-4 to the Reds. David Wright and Jose Reyes each hit two-run singles to give New York a 4-0 lead before a 2-hour, 23-minute delay in the bottom of the second inning.

However, the Reds (50-45) scored three runs in the fourth inning and tied it on Rich Aurilia’s solo homer in the fifth. A three-run eighth carried Cincinnati to its fifth victory in six games.

Eddie Guardado got the final three outs to improve to 4-for-4 in save chances since the Reds acquired him in a trade with Seattle.

Aurilia is batting .370 (17-for-46) with two homers and six RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak—one game shy of the longest in his career. Ryan Freel, who has been hampered by a sore shoulder, went 1-for-4 with a single in his first game back in the starting lineup since July 9.

Bronson Arroyo (9-6, 2.96) will start the series finale for the Reds. He threw seven scoreless innings on Saturday, but did not receive a decision in the Reds’ 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Arroyo is 0-3 with a 4.60 ERA in five starts since a complete-game 4-2 win over the Mets on June 19. He had given up 11 runs and 15 hits in 11 1-3 innings in his previous two outings.

“I’ve been stuck on that No. 9 for a while,” Arroyo said. “This has happened to me three years in a row. I’ll have to keep pumping zeroes until I get it.”

Arroyo is 2-1 with a 5.23 ERA in three career starts against the Mets, all of which have come at Shea Stadium. His June start against New York was his first since 2001.

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T. Glavine Atl vs. B. Arroyo LAD
15-7 Record 14-11
3.82 ERA 3.29
131 K 184
62 BB 64
1.33 WHIP 1.19