Williams singled twice in a six-run first inning and the Mets broke out of their offensive funk in a big way, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2 Friday night to end a five-game losing streak.
“It was nice, especially right out of the chute,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “First inning, putting up a six-spot—especially when you have your ace going.”
Tom Glavine hit an RBI single during the early burst and coasted to his 260th career win. Dodgers starter Wilson Alvarez came out in the second inning with a bruised left forearm after being struck by Cliff Floyd’s hard one-hopper.
The Mets were coming off a four-game sweep in which San Diego held them to only eight runs. Howe held a hitters’ meeting before the game, then the Mets exceeded that total against the NL West-leading Dodgers.
“I talked to them in general,” Howe said. “I just felt it was time to sit down and talk a little.”
The Dodgers lead the majors in fielding, yet saw Floyd’s liner glance off leaping shortstop Cesar Izturis’ glove for an RBI single, then watched Glavine’s grounder bounce off third baseman Adrian Beltre’s mitt for another hit.
“It changed the complexion of the entire game,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
That was plenty for Glavine (9-10) to win for only the second time in 12 starts. He pitched six effective innings for his first victory since losing two front teeth in a taxi accident earlier this month.
“Yeah, timing is everything in life,” Glavine said. “Physically, I didn’t feel as good as I did last time. I got a little more tired.”
Rookie David Wright drove in three runs and Eric Valent launched his third pinch-hit homer of the season as the Mets avoided their longest losing streak of the year. Pinch-hitter Jayson Werth homered as the Dodgers dropped to 2-3 on their season-long 13-game road trip.
Williams hit a single to open the first, Todd Zeile singled with one out and Floyd’s liner made it 1-0. Mike Cameron followed with an RBI double off the wall and Wright neatly went the opposite way for a two-run single.
An intentional walk to Wilson Delgado with two outs brought up Glavine, and he singled off Beltre’s lunge for another run. Williams capped the surge with an RBI single off Alvarez (7-5).
Alvarez’s evening ended the next inning when he was nailed on the elbow by Floyd’s comebacker. The ball caromed into right field for a single and Alvarez immediately dropped his glove and grabbed his arm.
Tracy said it was unlikely that Alvarez would make his next start. Hideo Nomo, who was 3-10 with an 8.06 ERA when he went on the disabled list July 1 with shoulder trouble, will rejoin the rotation.
It was the second straight start in which Alvarez left after 1 1-3 innings. Last Sunday, Atlanta tagged him for seven runs and eight hits.
“I really don’t know what is wrong,” Alvarez said. “If I want to keep pitching here, I better go out and get it done.”
Glavine gave up seven hits and left after David Ross singled to start the seventh. Werth connected for the first pinch-hit homer of his career in the fifth.
Mike DeJean relieved Glavine and pitched a scoreless inning in his first appearance since being hit in the lower right leg by a line drive on Aug. 19.
The Mets added three runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Wright and a two-run homer by Valent.
After the game, the Dodgers optioned RHP Masao Kida to Triple-A Las Vegas and purchased the contract of LHP Scott Stewart. … Beltre had his 12-game hitting streak stopped. … Glavine tied Ted Lyons for 36th place on the career wins list. … Glavine improved to 18-18 lifetime against Los Angeles. His former team, Atlanta, is the only NL club that he has a losing record against. … Williams became the first Mets player to get two hits in an inning since Jeromy Burnitz in June 2003. Maybe Williams had an edge—he had 26 lifetime at-bats against Alvarez, almost as many as the rest of the active Mets combined. … RF Shawn Green made the Dodgers’ 57th error, still the lowest total in the majors.