Terry Collins turned to his knuckleballer to be a stopper once again, as the Mets were trying to avoid yet another second half sweep at the hands of an NL East foe. R.A. Dickey responded with a brilliant performance, giving the Mets a much needed victory heading into the weekend, and ending their eight-game home losing streak.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
New York got on the board in the bottom of the second, as Ike Davis got the rally started with a single, then a walk to Andres Torres pushed him to scoring position, allowing Josh Thole to take advantage and drove him in with an RBI single. Once Miami tied it in the fourth, the Mets came right back to take the lead, as David Wright led the inning off with a double, followed by a Torres double to bring him home. They started building a fence in the sixth inning, as Andres Torres hit his second home run of the season, Wright singled in Mike Baxter in the seventh, and Torres tripled in another run in the eighth, bringing the lead to 5-1. Thole kept it going, as he made sure Torres came into score with another run-scoring single.
Marlins Offensive Highlights:
R.A. Dickey was finally the man to keep Jose Reyes hitless, as he snapped his career high 26-game hitting streak. The knuckleballer had his best pitch working well today, as he held the Marlins at bay for most of the contest, with a home run by Justin Ruggiano being the only blemish for the Mets pitching staff. It is worth noting that Giancarlo Stanton, who hit two homers last night, was not in the starting lineup, as Ozzie Guillen continues to ease him back into playing everyday, coming off his knee injury.
Josh Johnson was good this afternoon, but not good enough to compete with Dickey. The Marlins ace went 6 innings and gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 4 hitters. Heath Bell came in and couldn’t do his job effectively, as he gave up a run in his inning of work, as Chad Gaudin also got touched up in his appearance as well.
Dickey was masterful, getting back to the form we got accustomed to seeing, as he went the distance for the fifth time this season, only giving up the solo home run on 5 hits, no walks, and 10 strikeouts. He now has 15 wins, keeping him on top of the league leaders in both the NL and MLB, while also keeping his name at the top of the list when it comes to potential Cy Young contenders.
Andres Torres led the offense with his 3 hits and a season-high 3 RBI, falling only a single short of the cycle. Ruben Tejada‘s hitting streak lives on with two more hits this afternoon, extending his career-best mark to 14 games. Thole, Wright, and Baxter also enjoyed multi-hit games for New York.
The Mets are now 54-58 on the season as they head into the weekend. Before anyone else plays tonight, the Amazins are 14.5 games out of first place, and 10 games back of the second Wild Card spot.
Probable Pitchers Friday:
The Braves come into town for a weekend set, as Citi Field will be buzzing with Matt Harvey‘s (1-2, 3.86 ERA) home debut. He will be opposing newly-acquired Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.75 ERA) in his second start as a Brave. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.