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Bullpen blows Glavine's 300th; Bonds, A-Rod homerless

MILWAUKEE - New York's bullpen cost Tom Glavine his 300th win.

After Mets relievers wasted a one-run lead in the eighth, Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer off Aaron Sele in the 13th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-2 victory over the Mets on Tuesday night.

Glavine had allowed only two hits when Mets manager Willie Randolph took him out in the seventh inning with a runner on first and New York leading 2-1 with no outs. Right-hander Aaron Heilman relieved Glavine, who fidgeted and stared nervously from the Mets' bench as he accepted congratulations from his teammates.

It turned out that Glavine had a reason to be nervous, as the Mets' usually reliable bullpen couldn't nail down the victory. His next shot will come against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday.

Heilman allowed a leadoff single to J.J. Hardy, and after Ryan Braun flied out, Pedro Feliciano relieved Feliciano hit Prince Fielder with a pitch. Guillermo Mota came in and Bill Hall hit a ground-rule double to left that scored Hardy with the tying run.

Glavine's wife, Christine, slumped in her seat as Brewers' fans applauded, and she then put her chin on her right wrist and stared angrily.

Dave Bush (9-8), who was supposed to start for the Brewers on Wednesday night, came on in the 13th inning for the victory. Sele (3-1) was the loser.

The Brewers rebounded from a rough trip and held on to their one-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Glavine was looking to become the 23rd pitcher to reach the 300-win mark - and the first since former Atlanta Braves teammate Greg Maddux on Aug. 7, 2004 for the Chicago Cubs against San Francisco.

The win would have come 17 years to the day after - and just a few hundred yards away from - Nolan Ryan's 300th career win at Milwaukee's old County Stadium on July 31, 1990. Warren Spahn also recorded his 300th career victory in Milwaukee in 1961.

Glavine had to pitch out of a few jams as he tied a season high with five walks.

In the fourth, Glavine walked Hardy and giving up a double to Braun. Hardy then scored on a groundout by Prince Fielder, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead and leaving Braun on third with one out.

Glavine got Hall to pop up, but walked Kevin Mench with two outs to prompt a meeting at the mound. Glavine then got Miller to fly out to right field, ending the inning.

Glavine allowed a one-out walk to Braun in the sixth, then unleashed a wild pitch that allowed Braun to go to second. Glavine got Prince Fielder to fly out, but walked Hall. Braun stole third, but Glavine got Mench to fly out to right.

New York went ahead 2-1 in sixth when, with the Brewers' infield playing in, David Wright slapped a single past Hardy at shortstop for a trying single, Carlos Delgado singled and Moises Alou hit a sacrifice fly. That eliciting vigorous applause from Christine Glavine.

Yankees tie homer record 

NEW YORK - Everybody but A-Rod.

On the night the New York Yankees tied a franchise record by hitting eight home runs in a 16-3 rout of the Chicago White Sox, Alex Rodriguez had none.

Instead, he stayed stuck at 499 and watched his teammates connect all night long. After completing his 0-for-5 performance, he even flipped his bat to a boy sitting behind the dugout.

A-Rod is hitless in 16 at-bats since he connected against Kansas City last Wednesday. His teammate had no problems going deep

Hideki Matsui homered twice, and Jorge Posada, Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon and Robinson Cano hit one apiece for New York, which pulled within three games of Cleveland, the AL wild-card leader. That's the closest Yankees have been to playoff territory since after games of April 25.

When the Yankees hit eight in a doubleheader opener at the Philadelphia Athletics on June 28, 1939, Joe DiMaggio and Babe Dahlgren hit two each, and Bill Dickey, George Selkirk, Joe Gordan and Tommy Henrich also went deep.

A-Rod was greeted with wild cheers and bright flashes throughout Yankee Stadium before each at-bat. He came closest to becoming the 22nd player to reach 500 homers when he sent Jermaine Dye crashing into the wall in right in the fourth. Dye held on and Rodriguez made his way to the Yankees dugout.

He was taken out after seven innings and will go for 500 homers again Wednesday night against John Danks and the White Sox.

Matsui homered in the first and sixth innings, giving him 13 homers in July and xx this season.

Abreu hit a three-run drive and Matsui connected for his 20th of the season in the first against Jose Contreras (5-14), who has lost his last seven starts and nine of his last 10. Abreu's ninth of the year reached the second row of the upper deck in right.

Cano and Cabrera joined the power surge in the third, Posada went deep in the fourth and Damon connected in the seventh before Duncan's upper-deck drive.

Mike Mussina (6-7) was the beneficiary of the support, winning his second straight start. He gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. Contreras allowed seven runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings against his former team, his shortest outing since he lasted just one against Cleveland on April 2.

Boos, no homers for Bonds 

LOS ANGELES - Lots of boos and little else for Barry Bonds at Dodger Stadium.

Back on the road, Bonds stayed stuck at 754 home runs when he went 0-for-2 with two walks in the San Francisco Giants' 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Since moving with one of Hank Aaron's record on Friday night in San Francisco, Bonds is 1-for-9 with seven walks.

This was the opener of a six-game trip that ends in San Diego. Loved at home but reviled on the road, Bonds' main solace was that he got to head to his own home in Beverly Hills. He finished work early, coming out in the seventh inning for a pinch runner.

Bud Selig returned to see Bonds resume his quest after the commissioner missed the Giants' weekend series against Florida in San Francisco to be in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the Hall of Fame induction.

Dodger Stadium might be the ballpark where Bonds is most despised - and 56,000 fans let him know it at every opportunity. The sea of Dodger Blue in the sellout crowd booed lustily when Bonds' name was announced, then again every time when he touched the ball on defense or stepped out of the dugout to make his way to the on-deck circle.

A Bonds look alike escorted by a man dressed as Bonds' incarcerated trainer, Greg Anderson, made quite the entrance to their third-row seats behind home plate right when Bonds was coming up to bat in the first. Scott Keighley, a 47-year-old general contractor, carried an extra-large makeshift syringe that security confiscated.

His son, 22-year-old Scott Jr., sported a full gray Giants' road uniform and wore brown makeup on his face and over a swim cap to appear as a black man - and posed for many photos. They had a 3-foot asterisk taken away at the gate.

"We're not here to root for him," Scott Sr. said. "We're just getting a point across - nothing obscene."

When Bonds headed out to left field in the bottom half, a soccer ball was thrown onto the warning track behind him.

Thousands of fans chanted a popular phrase questioning Bonds' ability.

Batting practice before the game was lively.

"I love you Barry!" someone yelled from the upper decks.

Bonds saluted a fan behind home plate before stepping in to take a round of cuts.

He struck out on three pitches from All-Star Brad Penny (13-2) ending the first, walked intentionally in the third and drew another free pass in the sixth. He reached in the seventh after shortstop Rafael Furcal dropped the high popup in shallow left-center. Fred Lewis then entered to run for Bonds and took over at his spot in left field.

Next up is Mark Hendrickson, a 6-foot-9 left-hander who starts Wednesday night for the Dodgers. He hasn't surrendered a home run to Bonds in eight at-bats.

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