NEW YORK (AP) – Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey took a three-hitter into the ninth inning and Carlos Beltran and the New York Mets feasted on Zach Duke and the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 9-1 victory tonight.
Dickey’s tricky pitch was no match for the inexperienced Pittsburgh Pirates. He didn’t allow an extra-base hit until pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco tripled to lead off the ninth. John Bowker’s grounder to shortstop ended the shutout bid. The 35-year-old Dickey (11-6) finished the five-hitter for the third complete game of his career.
The Pirates lost their 56th road game and must win three of their final nine away games to avoid matching the 1963 New York Mets for the worst road record (17-64) in a 162-game season.