New York (47-38) at Houston (38-49)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jul 7, 2007
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The New York Mets have one of the best road records in the NL, but they haven’t gotten much help from Tom Glavine in his recent starts away from home.

Trying again for career win No. 298, Glavine looks to snap a four-start road losing streak as the Mets continue their four-game series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Saturday.

Glavine (7-6, 4.39 ERA) has lost four straight road starts for the first time since 1988. In his last three outings away from Shea Stadium - all since June 10 - he has given up his three highest run totals of the season and posted a 13.81 ERA.

In two home starts during the same stretch, the left-hander is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA.

Glavine, 41, was tagged for six runs and nine hits in six innings while matching a season high with five walks as the Mets (47-38) fell 6-2 at Colorado on Monday. All six of the Rockies’ runs came in the third inning.

“You’re capable of having a lot of big innings in this park, and from my standpoint, I was just trying to end the inning as quick as I can, and not have any more damage and hope that we were able to do something,” Glavine told the Mets’ official Web site.

“Obviously, we weren’t. Sometimes you make good pitches and get bad results.”

Glavine looks to bounce back against a team he has dominated for much of his career. He is 15-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 26 starts against the Astros since the beginning of the 1992 season. However, he is 1-1 with a 5.26 ERA in four career starts at Minute Maid Park.

Like Glavine, the Mets have struggled on the road recently, losing five of the last six on their current 11-game trip. After recording their first win of the month by beating Houston 6-2 in the series opener on Thursday, New York was shut out for the third time this season in a 4-0 defeat on Friday.

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes failed to run out a ground ball to third that he apparently thought would be foul in the eighth inning. For the second time this week, he was pulled from the game for failing to run out a grounder.

“I took him out for that reason,” manager Willie Randolph said. “If you can’t hustle, then you sit. That (plate appearance) was pretty self-explanatory. It’s unacceptable. You go out there every day and you play hard or you sit your butt. The key is to play hard all the time.”

Reyes is still expected to start Saturday.

The Astros (38-49) rebounded from back-to-back losses to improve to 6-3 on their current homestand. Lance Berkman hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning - his seventh homer in 14 games - and Brad Ausmus scored twice.

However, Berkman is 2-for-18 in his career against Glavine, while Ausmus has two hits in 40 at-bats versus the left-hander.

Houston starter Woody Williams (4-10, 5.47) will look to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season. He held Philadelphia to three runs and six hits in seven innings in Monday’s 7-5 victory.

“I think I’m finally starting to turn the corner,” Williams told the Astros’ official Web site. “I’m not going to accept that (it’s a bad season). I think physically, everything’s starting to click. I have a lot more confidence because I’m able to make the pitches I need to make in key situations.”

In 14 career starts against the Mets, Williams is 5-3 with a 4.63 ERA.

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T. Glavine ATL vs. W. Williams HOU
13-8 Record 8-15
4.45 ERA 5.27
89 K 101
64 BB 53
1.41 WHIP 1.43