Dickey pitches 1-hitter, Mets blank Phillies again

Posted: 14/08/2010 in MLB

Dickey throws one-hitter; Mets blank Phillies again at Citi Field

New York Mets' R.A. Dickey

R.A.  Dickey threw a one-hit shutout and the New York Mets continued their amazing home shutout streak of the Phillies with a 1-0 triumph in the opener of a three-game set.

Dickey  (8-5) bounced  back from his last  start on Sunday in which he gave up six  runs  against the Phillies  on August 8. In  Friday’s game, he struck out seven  and  walked just  one to help  the Mets win  back-to-back games for the first time since June 22-23.

“There’s a nice comfort zone here for me,” Dickey said. “It’s a nice park to pitch in, the ball feels good out of my hand. I was anxious to get back at them after my last outing.”

Carlos  Beltran drove in David Wright with a sixth-inning double for New York, which has taken six of 10 from Philadelphia this season. The Mets have blanked the  Phillies all  four times at Citi  Field this year by a 17-0 count. Dickey helped  the Mets to an 8-0 win over the Phillies in the opener of a three-game series May 25.

Couple  with  Atlanta’s win over  Los Angeles on  Friday, the Phillies now sit three game back of the Braves for first place in the NL East.

Cole  Hamels (7-9) was the tough-luck loser as he gave up just one run on five hits  with  two walks and  eight strikeouts in his  first complete game of the season for the Phillies. Hamels also had the lone base hit.

Hamels has just one win his last 11 starts, thanks in part to little run support.

“They’re happy I’m able to go out there and plug away,” Hamels said. “At the same time we have to go get them tomorrow. I think that’s the plan of attack. You’re bummed, but let’s put this one behind us because we need to get them tomorrow.”

In  the fifth, the Mets nearly took the lead as Mike Hessman led off the frame by  hitting the first pitch he saw to deep left. It was initially ruled a home run, but after a lengthy review, it was determined that a fan touched the ball and Hessman was awarded a triple.

Hamels,  though, bore  down and  struck out  the next  two batters  and, after giving  an intentional walk to Ruben Tejada, got Dickey on a groundout to keep it a scoreless game.

Dickey  had a no-hitter going through the first five innings, but Hamels broke that up with one out in the sixth when he punched a single to right.

New York took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Wright laced a  double  over the head  of Shane Victorino and  Beltran followed with a two- bagger to left-center.

Dickey  put the Phillies  down in order in the seventh and did the same in the eighth inning.

The  ninth inning  saw Dickey get Domonic Brown and Jimmy Rollins to groundout and Placido Polanco to fly out and end the game.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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