Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 156 - Pirates at Mets - Dickey Wins his 20th, Mets Win 6-5


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
Final123456789RHE
Pittsburgh (76-80)020100002590
N.Y. Mets (72-84) «01014000x680
 
W: R. Dickey (20-6) L: K. Correia (11-11)
S: B. Parnell (5)
HR: PIT - R. Barajas (11),A. Presley (10)   NYM - I. Davis (31),D. Wright (21)

Recap:
David Wright hit a three-run homer and R.A. Dickey tied a career-high with 13 strikeouts, as the New York Mets closed out their season at home, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-5.

Wright's blast in the fifth gave the Mets the lead and allowed Dickey (20-6), who gave up three runs in 7 2/3 innings of work, to become the Mets first pitcher since Frank Viola in 1990 to win 20 games.

"To win 20 games is difficult. It's been a real grind," Dickey said. "It's a big exhale."

Ike Davis hit a solo homer and Daniel Murphy and Scott Hairston each contributed an RBI, as New York collected its sixth victory in its last seven games.

Kevin Correia (11-11) exited the game after Wright's homer, tagged for six runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

"Normally I can pick a positive out of a start, but today there basically wasn't any," Correia said.

Alex Presley made it one-run game with a two-run blast off Jon Rauch in the ninth, but Bobby Parnell retired the final two batters to earn his fifth save of the season.

The Mets trailed early after Dickey gave up back-to-back run scoring hits in the second. With runners on the corners, Rod Barajas hit a ground-rule double to score Garrett Jones and then Jordy Mercer plated another with a slow- rolling ground ball to third to make it 2-0.

New York got a run back on Davis's leadoff homer in bottom half but were denied from tying the game two batters later when Mike Baxter was robbed of a home run by Pirates right fielder Travis Snider.

Barajas added a solo homer in the fourth but Hairston knocked in a run in the home half to keep the deficit at one. An inning later, the Mets took the lead for good.

Andres Torres drew a leadoff walk, and two batters later Ruben Tejada singled to right, before Daniel Murphy smoked a single up the middle to bring Torres home from second. Wright then strolled to the plate and cleared the bases with his 21st home run to give the Mets a 5-3 lead.

Pittsburgh came up just short in its final turn at the plate. Mercer reached on a leadoff walk before Presley delivered a blast to right to make it 6-5. But Parnell got Josh Harrison to ground out and Jose Tabata to fly out to end the game.

Game Notes

Houston's Joe Niekro was the last knuckleballer to reach 20 wins, doing so in 1980 ... Dickey's 222 strikeouts are the most in a single season for the Mets since David Cone struck out 214 in 1992 ... Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen left the game in the seventh with discomfort in his left knee ... Pittsburgh has lost eight of its last 10 games and, at 76-80, is in danger of posting its 20th straight non-winning season.

Box Score:

PittsburghABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Starling Marte LF300000003.250
  Alex Presley PH-LF-CF211200100.239
Josh Harrison 2B500000002.238
Andrew McCutchen CF400000002.332
  Jose Tabata LF100000000.242
Garrett Jones 1B312010011.277
Pedro Alvarez 3B400000003.244
Travis Snider RF311000011.246
Rod Barajas C412210100.205
Jordy Mercer SS312100010.220
Kevin Correia P100000001.114
  Hisanori Takahashi P000000000.000
  Brock Holt PH101000000.306
  Chris Resop P000000000.000
  Tony Watson P000000000.000
  Jeff Clement PH100000001.143
Totals35595202314
NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Ruben Tejada SS411000000.295
Daniel Murphy 2B422100001.294
David Wright 3B412300100.309
Ike Davis 1B411100101.224
Scott Hairston LF401100000.263
Mike Baxter RF400000001.256
Josh Thole C300000000.240
Andres Torres CF210000011.226
R.A. Dickey P301000001.157
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
Totals3268600215


LOB_Pittsburgh 7, NY Mets 3. 2B_G.Jones, R.Barajas. HR_R.Barajas (11) off R.Dickey, A.Presley (10) off J.Rauch, D.Wright (21) off K.Correia, I.Davis (31) off K.Correia. S_K.Correia. SB_D.Murphy (10).

PittsburghIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Kevin Correia (L 11-11)4.176612280-524.33
Hisanori Takahashi1.200002015-119.82
Chris Resop1.010000010-73.96
Tony Watson1.00000109-73.58
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
R.A. Dickey (W 20-6)7.28332131128-922.69
Jon Rauch (H 16)0.212211120-143.51
Bobby Parnell (S 5)0.20000009-62.64


T_2:46. A_31506.
Umpires_Home,Gerry Davis; First, Manny Gonzalez; Second, Greg Gibson; Third, Phil Cuzzi.
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