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R.A. Dickey (16-4, 2.76 ERA) started for the Mets and he pitched well, allowing one run with two strikeouts in seven innings, throwing 86 pitches on the afternoon.
Dickey also drove in a run with a swinging bunt in the fourth inning.
Jon Rauch and Josh Edgin combined for a scoreless eighth inning, and Frank Francisco recorded his 21st save of the season.
Justin Turner hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot in the sixth inning.
Jason Bay contributed an opposite field, RBI single in the eighth inning – he is now 4-for-42 with runners in scoring position this season.
Andres Torres had two hits from the right side of the plate – he’s now hitting .288 against left-handed pitching this year.
The Mets are now 3-15 at Citi Field in the second half.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:I know they won, and no matter how it’s sliced up, a win is a win and that’s all that matters in the end. But this win didn’t come without it’s problems, most notably in the seventh inning when Josh Thole had poor fundamentals and failed to block a knuckleball in the dirt and R.A. Dickey failing to cover home with a runner at third, which resulted in a run. The run might have scored anyway, but it’s yet another example of this team failing to execute the fundamentals. On top of that, Dickey kind of hung his head after that play, and that just can’t happen. They also made some base running mistakes yet again – a win is a win, I suppose…
Now, Dickey did pitch well today despite having very little margin for error. He had great movement on the knuckleball, and had a tremendous strike to ball ratio once again. He is now tied for the league lead in wins and is tied with Stephen Strasburg with 183 strikeouts. Is a Cy Young Award in his future? If this continues, he will certainly be deserving of the honor.
It was nice to see the Mets score more than two runs for a change. Even so, it was like pulling teeth to get those runners home. It’s awful difficult to win when the offense is non-existent like it has been with the Mets. They scored a run today on a swinging bunt by their pitcher, got an RBI single from Bay who just doesn’t hit anymore, and got a home run from an unlikely source in Turner. Sometimes that’s all it takes, but they need to somehow figure out how to get out of this funk. Their pitching has been real good lately – it would be nice if they offense could support that quality pitching and give the arms a little breathing room more often than they have.
The Mets will look to take the rubber game of their three-game series against the Astros tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field, with Jeremy Hefner facing Lucas Harrell at 1:10 pm.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra