That was the case Sunday night for the Mets and Tom Glavine, who took on Dodger ace Kevin Brown and his league-leading 2.25 ERA. Glavine came in hot himself, having not allowed more than three earned runs in any start since June 22nd in Anaheim.
Both Glavine and Brown have fallen victim to their teams' anemic offense, and once again one of them would be destined to be struck down by their teams' bats, or lack thereof.
Glavine and Brown each pitched masterfully, with Glavine going seven innings and giving up just one run on two hits. The veteran lefty walked one and struck out two. Brown went eight, but three errors in the fourth inning, including one of his own, doomed the hard-throwing righty.
After third basemen Jay Bell, starting for the resting Ty Wigginton, reached on a one-out single, Jeff Duncan bunted to Brown. The Mets got much more than a sacrifice bunt, as Brown threw the ball down the rightfield line, allowing Bell to go to third and Duncan to second. Once he fielded it, struggling rightfielder Shawn Green threw wide to third base, allowing Bell to score and give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
Marco Scutaro followed with a single to left, driving home Duncan, who went to third on the Green throwing error. Scutaro advanced to second when ageless leftfielder Ricky Henderson bobbled the single, but his teammates failed to bring him in.
In the Dodger fifth, Jolbert Cabrera hit a two-out double to right, and scored on the following play, a Cesar Izturis triple. Glavine intentionally walked second basemen Alex Cora to get to Brown, who struck out to end the inning.
Grant Roberts came on for the eighth and retired the Dodgers in order. He got Henderson and Paul Lo Duca for the first two outs in the ninth on two great plays at shortstop by 20 year-old phenom Jose Reyes, who went 2-4 with the bat in the game.
With the lefthanded-hitting Shawn Green coming to the plate, Art Howe brought on ageless warrior John Franco to retire Green and end the game, which is exactly what he did, earning his 424th career save in the process.
The Mets travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves starting on Tuesday at 7:35. Rookie righty Jae Weong Seo will toe the rubber against the Mets against veteran Shane Reynolds, his Atlanta counterpart.