June 23, 2010: Dickey Leads Shutout of Tigers

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Date: June 23, 2010
Mets starter: R.A. Dickey
Mets: 5
Tigers: 0
Winning pitcher: R.A. Dickey
Key player(s): R.A. Dickey, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Ike Davis
Key play: Wright's double, Reyes' home run, Davis's single

The Mets faced the Tigers on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played in front of 35,045 fans on hand. R.A. Dickey pitched eight shutout innings in a 5-0 Mets win over Detroit.

The Tigers failed to score after loading the bases against Dickey in the top of the first. Jose Reyes tripled against Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman to lead off the bottom half. Angel Pagan went down on strikes and David Wright was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Brandon Inge. Ike Davis grounded out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera to end the inning and Dickey yielded only a single to Alex Avila in the top of the second. Bonderman then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Dickey gave up only a single to Johnny Damon in the top of the third. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Reyes singled and stole second base. Pagan drew a walk and Wright hit a single to drive home Reyes for a 1-0 Mets lead. Davis grounded out to shortstop Ramon Santiago to end the inning and Dickey held the Tigers to a single by Inge in the top of the fourth. Bonderman then retired the side on three straight outfield fly balls in the bottom half.

Dickey hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Reyes hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Pagan flied out to center fielder Damon to finish off the inning and Dickey retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Davis hit a one-out single in the bottom half. Bonderman then got both Jason Bay and Jeff Francoeur on consecutive force play grounders to Santiago for the inning's final outs.

Dickey retired all three batters in the top of the seventh. Henry Blanco and Ruben Tejada got back-to-back singles against Bonderman to open the bottom half. A wild pitch by Detroit reliever Joel Zumaya advanced the runners to second and third base. Dickey walked to load the bases and Reyes hit a grounder on which second baseman Carlos Guillen threw to catcher Avila for an out at home on Blanco. Pinch-hitter Jesus Feliciano grounded out to Guillen to score Tejada and increase the Mets' lead to 3-0. Wright drew a walk that reloaded the bases and Zumaya was replaced on the mound by the Tigers' Phil Coke. Davis greeted Coke with a single that scored Dickey and Reyes for a five-run New York lead. Trying to advance on the play, Wright was out via a relay throw by Santiago to third baseman Ryan Raburn to end the inning.

Dickey set down the side in order once again in the the top of the eighth. Detroit reliever Enrique Gonzalez pitched a scoreless bottom half and the Mets' Francisco Rodriguez retired Magglio Ordonez on a fly ball to center fielder Feliciano to begin the top of the ninth. Cabrera singled and Brennan Boesch grounded out to shortstop Reyes. Rodriguez then struck out Guillen to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.