August 31, 2012: Dickey and Davis Sink Marlins

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Date: August 31, 2012
Mets starter: R.A. Dickey
Mets: 3
Marlins: 0
Winning pitcher: R.A. Dickey
Key player(s): R.A. Dickey, Ike Davis
Key play: Davis’s sacrifice fly and home run

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Friday night in Miami. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. R.A. Dickey hurled a shutout and Ike Davis drove in all of the Mets’ runs in a 3-0 win.

Dickey and the Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Ruben Tejada singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Daniel Murphy hit a single to advance Tejada to third base and David Wright lined out to second baseman Donovan Solano. Davis followed with a sacrifice fly to score Tejada for a 1-0 Mets lead. Eovaldi retired Lucas Duda on a pop-up to catcher Rob Brantly for the inning’s third out. Giancarlo Stanton and Greg Dobbs got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Dickey then got Solano to hit a ground ball to third baseman Wright for an inning-ending double play.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Wright got a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. Davis slugged a homer to increase the Mets’ lead to three runs. Eovaldi retired both Duda and Mike Baxter on grounders to Solano and got Andres Torres on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Justin Ruggiano. Dickey set down the side in order in the bottom half and Miami reliever Wade LeBlanc hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Austin Kearns drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Bryan Petersen lined out to center fielder Torres and a single by Ruggiano ensued. Dickey then got Jose Reyes to hit a force play grounder to first baseman Davis and retired Carlos Lee on a fly ball to Torres that ended the inning.

Marlins’ reliever Steve Cishek pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Stanton went down on strikes to begin the bottom half. Dobbs was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Baxter. Dickey then fanned Solano for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the weekend series.