With Jerry Seinfeld in the SNY booth, R.A. Dickey kept the Tigers off the scoreboard by allowing only four hits and two walks in eight innings. He had enough juice to pitch a complete game, but Jerry Manuel opted to give Francisco Rodriguez, who had not pitched in five days, some work.
Dickey is now 6-0 and is the first Met to do that in his first seven starts. Between the Mets’ offensive explosion last night and Dickey’s knuckleball tonight, the Tigers, who had won eight out of their last nine games, have cooled off.
The Mets got their first run in the third inning after David Wright doubled to drive in Jose Reyes. Reyes, who was a double shy of the cycle, hit a solo shot in the fifth inning.
The Mets had their biggest inning in the seventh when Henry Blanco and Ruben Tejada both singled. After a wild pitch, reliever Joel Zumaya came into the game and walked Dickey, loading the bases.
Reyes then grounded into a fielder’s choice as Blanco was thrown out at home. Jesus Feliciano pinch hit for Angel Pagan, who had left the game due to what Manuel described as spasms in his torso area. Feliciano also grounded into a fielder’s choice, but it was enough to score Tejada.
After Wright walked, the Tigers made another pitching change. However, former Yankee Phil Coke couldn’t do any better as he gave up a single to Ike Davis to drive home two more runs. Wright was thrown out trying to go first to third.
The Mets are back up to 11 games over .500, their best record so far this season. Hisanori Takahashi will try to make it a sweep Thursday night against should’ve-been-perfect-gamer Armando Gallaraga.