Mike Piazza and Carlos Beltran hit two-run homers and Tom Glavine won his third straight start Wednesday as the Mets defeated the San Diego Padres, 7-3.
The victory sets the Mets up for a possible series sweep on Thursday afternoon, but to do it, they'll have to get past emerging San Diego ace Jake Peavy and squeeze a solid outing from Kazuhisa Ishii – something of a double trouble order.
But those thoughts were far off on Wednesday, as the Mets staked Glavine to an early lead. Beltran hit his long ball in the first inning off starter Woody Williams, just the second time out of 11 homers Beltran has homered this year in a game not started by Pedro Martinez.
Piazza's two-run homer off Williams in the fifth inning gave him 389 long balls for his career, tying Johnny Bench for 46th all-time.
Glavine went into the sixth inning, allowing two runs and six hits while overcoming a blip in the fourth inning, when he was touched for an Xavier Nady run-scoring single and a Ramon Hernandez sacrifice fly.
Desire to stay: After the game, Glavine told reporters that his preference would be to stay with the Mets this season, but that there could be a "real short list" of teams he'd be willing to go to. Glavine has been mentioned in the media as potential trade bait with the July 31 non-waivers deadline hovering, although the Mets privately insist they're not shopping the 39-year-old lefthander.
"I want to stay here. That's why I came here," Glavine told reporters. "But I'm not going to shut the door on any other possibilities, either. If it's something that the organization thinks helps them and they want to talk to me, then I'm willing to sit down and talk to them about it."
Relief incoming?: The Mets may be interested in lefthanded reliever Alan Embree, who was designated for assignment by the Red Sox, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. Embree was 1-4 with a 7.65 ERA in 43 appearances for Boston.
Meanwhile, the New York Post notes that the Mets have no interest in relievers Shingo Takatsui, designated for assignment by the White Sox, and one-time Met James Baldwin, designated by the Orioles.
Minor League Report
TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: The Tides committed three errors and were down 5-0 after three innings Wednesday, en route to a 7-2 loss to Ottawa. Neal Musser (2-8, 5.66) allowed six runs and 11 hits in six innings, walking one and striking out four. Prentice Redman (.295) was an offensive highlight for the Tides, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI; Redman has multiple hits in three of his last four games, batting 7-for-16 (.437) with three doubles, a home run, two RBI and three runs scored over that span.
DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Jose Rodriguez (1-3, 4.30) allowed four runs in the ninth inning as the B-Mets squandered a late lead, succumbing to a series sweep by the New Britain Rock Cats Wednesday. The B-Mets had taken a two-run lead in the eighth on Bobby Malek's (.273) two-run single. Lastings Milledge (.433) went 3-for-5 with four runs scored and a stolen base for Binghamton, and Mike Jacobs (.315) added a 3-for-4 day with three RBI. Aarom Baldiris (.280) also drove in a pair of runs.
SINGLE-A ST. LUCIE: Steve Trachsel's first rehab start went well, as the righthander tossed 2-2/3 innings, but he was charged with two runs and a loss in St. Lucie's 4-3 defeat to Vero Beach Wednesday. The two runs scored on a passed ball and a hit by Cory Dunlap off reliever Ryan Cullen, who inherited a pair of runners from Trachsel in the third inning. Miguel Pinango (4.58) tossed five innings of one-run, four-hit ball in relief, while second baseman Kevin Rios (.246) hit his fifth homer of the year, a solo shot in the ninth.
SINGLE-A BROOKLYN: Caleb Stewart (.311) had three hits and Nick Evans (.243) and Jonathan Malo (.211) each collected two RBI, helping to lead the Cyclones to an 11-8 slugfest victory at Oneonta Wednesday. The Cyclones put up a six-run sixth, highlighted by a pair of run-scoring wild pitches and run-scoring singles by Jonel Pacheco, Malo and Stewart. Eric Brown (2-1, 3.86) picked up the win with three innings of relief, allowing three runs and five hits while striking out four.
ROOKIE-LEAGUE KINGSPORT: The K-Mets salvaged the second game of a doubleheader on Matt Anderson's two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday, rallying Kingsport to a 7-2, seven-inning win over Greeneville in the nightcap. The K-Mets were limited to only Greg Gonzalez's hit in the first game, a 1-0 loss.
ROOKIE-LEAGUE GULF COAST: The GCL Mets rallied for four runs in the 11th inning Wednesday, highlighted by Leivi Ventura's two-run homer, defeating the GCL Nationals 11-7. The win made a winner out of Long Island native Josh Appell (1-0, 0.00), who earned his first professional victory with 2-2/3 innings of scoreless, hitless relief, striking out three.