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PHOENIX (AP)—If Friday night’s performance is any indication, the worst could be over for Tom Glavine.

The left-handed ace earned his first victory since July 4 in one of his best outings of what has been an awful season in New York as the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1.

“I know he’s not happy with the way things have gone to this point,” New York manager Art Howe said, “but if he pitches even close to the way he did tonight, he’s going to get his share of wins coming down the stretch.”

Glavine (7-11) hadn’t pitched since July 29 because of a strained oblique muscle. He allowed one run on four hits in six innings for his first win in six starts, and only his second victory in 10 decisions since May 18.

“My mental approach tonight was probably as good as it’s been all year— simply worry about tonight’s game,” Glavine said. “I can’t do anything about what happened in the first half. All I can do is focus on having a strong finish.”

Glavine said that knowing he was coming off an injury aided his performance.

“It helped me figure out a little thing or two in my mechanics and helped me stay closed a little bit better,” he said.

Whenever he felt a little tightness, he took it as a signal that he was stretching out too far. As a result, he looked like the baffling Tom Glavine of his Atlanta days.

“Just a crafty old veteran out there knowing exactly what he wanted to do,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said.

Glavine got his 249th career victory and Mike Stanton pitched the ninth for his third save. The Mets have won four of five and snapped the Diamondbacks’ three-game winning streak.

Roger Cedeno was 3-for-5 with an RBI. The Mets’ leadoff man has hit safely in seven straight games, batting .469 (15-for-32) in that span.

Arizona rookie Brandon Webb (7-5) matched his career best with 10 strikeouts, allowed just three hits and left with a 1-0 lead and runners on first and third with one out in the seventh.

Cliff Floyd, pinch-hitting for Glavine, was fanned by lefty Mike Myers, but reliever Oscar Villarreal gave up consecutive RBI singles to Cedeno and rookie Jose Reyes that put the Mets up 2-1.

Reyes beat out an infield single that brought in the go-ahead run and extended his hitting streak to a career-best nine games.

“That’s what speed will do for you,” Howe said.

The Mets added another run on consecutive singles by Tony Clark, Timo Perez and Ty Wigginton off Eddie Oropesa in the eighth. New York went on to load the bases with one out before Jose Valverde, Arizona’s fifth pitcher, got Raul Gonzalez and Cedeno to pop out.

Raul Mondesi was 2-for-4 with a triple and scored Arizona’s only run in his third consecutive multihit game. He struck out with two runners on to end the game.

Webb equaled the 10 strikeouts he had in his first major league start April 27—against the Mets in Shea Stadium. But he walked five.

“I was frustrated with myself tonight,” Webb said. “I’ve been walking way too many guys since I’ve been back (from the All-Star break). The strikeouts are there, but it doesn’t really mean anything when you walk five.”

Jeff Duncan singled with one out in the sixth, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Marco Scutaro walked, and Myers relieved Webb.

With one out in the fifth, Mondesi hit Glavine’s first pitch off the wall some 410 feet in right-center field for a triple. He scored on Alex Cintron’s sacrifice fly, sliding headfirst across the plate just ahead of Cedeno’s throw from right field.

Webb escaped serious trouble in the sixth. Cedeno reached on a one-out infield single, then Reyes and Jason Phillips walked to load the bases. But Webb struck out Clark and Perez to end the threat.

Glavine retired the first 10 he faced before Junior Spivey singled with oneout in the fourth.

Notes

Glavine is tied with Vic Willis for 43rd on the career wins list and is two shy of Bob Gibson. He’s ninth among left-handers, four behind Carl Hubbell’s 253. … Webb struck out the side on 10 pitches in the third. … The Mets stole second twice despite Arizona pitchouts. … Diamondbacks INF Craig Counsell was out of the lineup for the second game in a row because of a stiffneck, but Brenly expected him to be back Saturday night.

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