July 29, 2010: Davis's Homer Propels Mets to Victory

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Date: July 29, 2010
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey
Key player(s): Ike Davis, R. A. Dickey
Key play: Davis’s three-run homer

The Mets and Cardinals completed a three-game series at Citi Field on a Thursday afternoon. A crowd of 40,087 was on hand to watch the event. Led by Ike Davis’s three-run homer, the Mets came out with a 4-0 victory over St. Louis.

Mets’ starter R. A. Dickey shut down the Cards in each of the first two innings. He yielded a one-out double to Jon Jay in the first and retired all other batters. Meanwhile, St. Louis’s Blake Hawksworth blanked the Mets despite a single to Mike Hessman and two walks. Dickey then pitched a scoreless top of the third.

Jose Reyes began the bottom of the third inning with a double. Angel Pagan got a bunt single and Carlos Beltran flied out. Davis connected for a home run to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. Hawksworth set down the next two batters to close out the inning.

Dickey and Hawksworth each retired the side in order in the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Ryan Ludwick led off with a single and first baseman Davis started a double play on Skip Schumaker’s ground ball. Dickey got Yadier Molina on a grounder to third baseman David Wright for the third out. The Mets added a run in the bottom half when Pagan tripled and scored on Beltran’s single.

In the sixth, Dickey and Hawksworth pitched perfectly. R. A. set down the Redbirds 1-2-3 again in the top of the seventh. Cardinals’ reliever Dennys Reyes held the Mets without a run in the bottom half. Dickey gave up a single to Schumaker in a scoreless top of the eighth and the Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Mike MacDougal in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Dickey gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Colby Rasmus. He retired Felipe Lopez on a grounder to Davis and issued a walk to Jay. Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez got Albert Pujols on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran and struck out Matt Holliday to end the game. The Mets had a shutout win to close out the series and go two games over the .500 mark for the season.