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R.A. Dickey (14-2) threw seven innings and allowed four hits, three walks and one unearned run, and struck out eight to become the first 14 game winner in the National League.
Scott Hairston went 2-for-5 with two RBI: a run-scoring double in the first, and an RBI single in the fifth.
Andres Torres (2-for-3) and Daniel Murphy (2-for-5) also had multi-hit games.
David Wright went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base.
Jon Rauch pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, and Bobby Parnell tossed a scoreless ninth, to lock down the series split.
For a complete box score and game recap, check out SNY's In-Game Live.
Turns out talk of R.A. Dickey's regression were far too pre-mature. Dickey was masterful today, as he struck out eight and looked in complete command of all of his pitches. He threw both speeds of knuckle ball effectively, and mixed in a few more fastballs than usual to keep Diamondbacks hitters off balance. Without question, it's been a tough stretch of late for both R.A. and the club. Today was just the kind of day both desperately needed.
Good to see Rauch have a quick and easy 1-2-3 inning today. Pitching on banged-up knees, Rauch was called upon in relief of Dickey to pitch the eighth and got three ground outs navigating through the 2, 3 and 4 hitters in the Arizona order. The way things have gone for the bullpen lately, a day without any drama is a major accomplishment, both for their performance and my heart health.
Two big hits for Hairston, who set the tone early and gave Dickey all the offense he'd need. After Wright's RBI double had made it 1-0 three batters into the game, Hairston followed by flaring a double down the right field line to plate the second run. Then in the fifth, Wright had reached on a walk and stolen second when Hairston grounded a hard-hit ball through the left side to extend the Mets' lead. Whether Hairston's Mets career will end within a matter of days, a mater of months, or will extend into 2013 and beyond, it's hard to argue how valuable he's been to this year's club.
With seven games to go on their longest road trip of the season, the Mets still have some time to make a little noise going into August. They'll have a tough task, specifically the offense, against the very sound San Francisco pitching they'll face starting Monday night.
The Mets will continue their West Coast swing tomorrow night, when they open a four-game series at AT&T Park against the Giants. Jeremy Hefner will toe the rubber for the Mets, and Madison Bumgarner will go for San Francisco. Game time is 10:15 PM.