If Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey
(3-0) keeps this up, we're going to have to just call him Baller R.A. Dickey
, because he's showing that he knows how to ball like a good Dickey should. Tonight he threw 104 pitches over 6 1/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 in picking up the win. Pedro Feliciano
and Elmer Dessens
got through the rest of the 7th and the 8th without any trouble. Then Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez
walked the closer tightrope successfully, getting 2 quick outs before allowing a single, then a walk to put the tying and go ahead runs on base for the mercurial Hanley Ramirez
. To add to the drama, with Ramirez batting Rodriguez threw a wild pitch moving both baserunners into scoring position. But Rodriguez induced Ramirez to ground to third baseman David Wright
and then Ramirez failed to run hard out of the box while Wright's throw from foul territory bounced to first baseman Ike Davis
for the final out of the game and the end of the Mets 6-game losing streak to Florida.
The Mets fell behind early. In the 2nd inning Cody Ross
tripled and scored on a Cameron Maybin
single to make it 1-0 Marlins. Then in the 3rd inning Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez
led off with a single. Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan
followed with a single, then Gaby Sanchez
reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no one out. Ramirez then grounded into a fielder's choice driving in Sanchez, and Mets first baseman Davis dropped the throw for an error allowing Coghlan to score and the Marlins led 3-0. Ramirez was thrown out at home by Angel Pagan
later in the inning.
In the bottom of the 3rd rookie infielder Ruben Tejada
, just called up by the Mets today when second baseman Luis Castillo
went on the disabled list, led off with a double. Dickey then showed that he knows what to do with wood, faking a bunt then slashing an RBI single off of the first base bag. Later in the inning Jason Bay
hit a double off the base of the left field wall to drive in Dickey and make the score 3-2.
The Mets took the lead for good in the 6th. Wright walked with 1 out. Rod Barajas
doubled to left moving Wright to third base. A Jeff Francoeur
RBI single plated Wright with the tying run. Barajas then scored the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice grounder hit by Tejada. Just for good measure Dickey then hit his second single of the game but no more runs were scored in the New York Mets 4-3 win over the visiting Florida Marlins.Box score