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CRAFTY GLAVINE WORKS HIS MAGIC TO JOIN 300-WIN CLUB

Tom Glavine joined pitching's most prestigious club with a vintage performance, changing speeds and fooling hitters in the manner that made him one of baseball's best.

The stylish left-hander earned his 300th victory Sunday night with nervous family and friends looking on from near the Mets dugout on the first-base side.

Glavine left with a five-run lead after 61/3 innings, and New York's bullpen held on for a 8-3 victory over the Cubs.

Wife Christine Glavine wiped away tears as Billy Wagner retired Mike Fontenot on a grounder for the final out. Glavine, who watched from the dugout, came out in a warmup jacket and exchanged hugs and slaps with teammates. He then hugged his children and his wife, giving her a kiss, received congratulations from his parents and waved to the crowd.

"It's over with now," he said after his hugging his youngest son.

Glavine, 41, became the 23rd pitcher with 300 victories, the first since former teammate Greg Maddux reached the milestone in 2004 with the Cubs. Glavine is the fifth left-hander to win 300.

Before a crowd of 41,599 on a muggy night, and with flashbulbs popping all over the old neighborhood park, Glavine left after Angel Pagan doubled on his 102nd pitch, getting a high five from manager Willie Randolph on the mound and a standing ovation as he left the field.

Glavine won his first game with the Braves on Aug. 22, 1987, and is a five-time 20-game winner. He captured the NL Cy Young Award in 1991 and 1998, was MVP of the 1995 World Series and is a 10-time All-Star.

NOTABLE: The Cubs' Alfonso Soriano left in the third when he pulled up lame running the bases. He was helped off with a strained right quadriceps.

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