NEW YORK -Tom Glavine pitched a six-hitter to beat his former team and Cliff Floyd hit his career-high 32nd homer, leading the New York Mets over the Atlanta Braves 4-1.

Victor Diaz and Carlos Beltran each added an RBI double during a four-run sixth inning, helping the Mets end another frustrating season against their NL East rivals by taking two of three over the weekend. Atlanta won the season series 13-6, its fifth straight year with double-digit victories against New York.

No Met had been more frustrated by the Braves than Glavine, who entered 1-8 with a 7.85 ERA in 11 career appearances against the team he won two Cy Young Awards with. But he snapped a personal three-game losing streak and won for the first time since Aug. 22.

Glavine (11-13) got Jeff Francoeur to bounce back to the mound to finish his 54th career complete game and his first since a 4-0 victory over Colorado on May 23, 2004. Both Mets wins in the series were complete games – Pedro Martinez blanked the Braves in the opener.

Glavine outpitched John Thomson, who had only one bad inning. But that was enough to keep him winless since May 5. The right-hander is 0-3 in six starts since missing nearly three months with an injured middle finger.

The Braves lost for the sixth time in nine games. They began the day with a five-game lead over Philadelphia, and host the Phillies in a three-game series starting Tuesday.

Thomson (3-5) took a three-hitter into the sixth before allowing the first four batters to score. Jose Reyes drew a leadoff walk and scored on Diaz’s double. Beltran followed with another run-scoring double before Floyd hit the next pitch over the 396-foot sign in right-center for his 200th homer and a 4-1 lead.

The Braves quickly put runners at the corners to open the seventh, but Glavine struck out Brian Jordan and got Johnny Estrada to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Marcus Giles hit his second homer in two days in the sixth, but the only other trouble for Glavine came in the fifth. Adam LaRoche’s double down the left-field line put runners on second and third with one out, but after Jordan popped out, Glavine intentionally walked Estrada and fanned Thomson.

Thomson allowed consecutive singles to Floyd and David Wright to put runners at the corners with none out in the second, but got Mike Piazza to fly out and struck out rookies Mike Jacobs and Anderson Hernandez.

Hernandez made his major league debut after being called up Saturday. He went 0-for-4, flying out to center with the bases loaded in the eighth.

Notes: There was a moment of silence before the game for Donn Clendenon, the MVP of the Mets’ 1969 World Series victory who died Saturday at 70 after a long battle with leukemia. … Braves CF Andruw Jones’ single in the fifth snapped an 0-for-14 slump since he hit his 50th homer Wednesday at Philadelphia. … Piazza was robbed of a hit with a diving catch for the second straight day when Jordan caught his line drive in the fourth. Piazza hit a liner to center Saturday that appeared to hit the grass just before Jones grabbed it with a lunge.

AP-ES-09-18-05 1542EDT


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