R.A. Dickey was brilliant once again today as he was just two outs shy of pitching a complete game shutout against the Cardinals, 4-0. He allowed only four hits and two walks as he improved to 7-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.32, the lowest of any Mets starter.
Caption: Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey delivers in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on July 29, 2010. Dickey was the winning pitcher in the Mets 4-0 shutout of the Cardinals, pitching into the ninth inning when manager Jerry Manuel took him out with two men on base. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
After the Cardinals got runners on first and second with one out in the ninth, Jerry Manuel pulled Dickey. Because it was a save situation, Francisco Rodriguez came into the game and got the final two outs for his 22nd save of the season. Dickey’s pitching deep into this game was important as it gave the bullpen a day to rest, especially after last night’s taxing outing.
Despite a 13-inning loss last night, the Mets did not come out flat-footed. They had seven hits, but it was enough to put up four runs. Ike Davis provided all of the offense Dickey would need by hitting a three-run home run in the third inning. Carlos Beltran tacked on another run in the fifth inning after Angel Pagan hit a triple, his seventh of the season. Pagan had two more hits, raising his average to .309.
The Mets next will take on the Diamondbacks at home. Mike Pelfrey will try to make it back-to-back wins for the first time in a month.