June 29, 2012: Murphy and Dickey Lead Mets Past Dodgers

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Date: June 29, 2012
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 9
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey
Key player(s): David Wright, Daniel Murphy, R. A. Dickey
Key play: Wright’s single, Murphy’s double and home run

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Friday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the second of four games in a weekend series. Daniel Murphy drove in five runs and R. A. Dickey recorded his twelfth win of the year in a 9-0 Mets victory.

Dickey and the Dodgers’ Aaron Harang each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Leading off the top of the third, Andres Torres reached on an error by second baseman Jerry Hairston. Ruben Tejada singled and advanced to third base on David Wright’s single that drove home Torres. On Ike Davis’s ensuing sacrifice fly that scored Tejada, Wright was out at second to complete a double play. Harang threw a called third strike past Lucas Duda to end the inning. Dickey then yielded only a single to Harang in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless fourth inning, Tejada hit a one-out double in the top of the fifth. Wright was given an intentional walk and Davis popped out to shortstop Dee Gordon. Duda hit a single to drive home Tejada and move Wright to second base. Murphy followed with a double that plated Wright and Duda for a 5-0 Mets lead. Harang retired Kirk Nieuwenhuis on a foul fly ball to left fielder Bobby Abreu to close out the inning. Dickey then set down all three Los Angeles batters in the bottom half.

The Mets had runners at first and third with two outs in the top of the sixth. Shawn Tolleson came in to pitch for the Dodgers and got Wright to hit an inning-ending force play grounder to Gordon. Dickey hurled a scoreless bottom half and Davis doubled to open the top of the seventh. An ensuing single by Duda advanced Davis to third. Murphy connected for a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 8-0. Nieuwenhuis went down on strikes and Josh Thole reached on an error by Gordon. Dickey singled and Torres followed with a force play ground ball to first baseman James Loney. Tejada hit a single to drive home Thole with the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Tolleson got Wright to fly out to right fielder Elian Herrera and end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Abreu drew a walk and A. J. Ellis singled to right field. Dickey then got Loney on a grounder to shortstop Tejada for an inning-ending double play.

Los Angeles reliever Kenley Jansen set down the Mets in order in the top of the eighth. Dickey held the Dodgers to a double by Tony Gwynn, Jr. in a scoreless bottom of the inning. The Mets failed to score against reliever Jamey Wright in the top of the ninth and Herrera singled against the Mets’ Jeremy Hefner to lead off the bottom half. Hairston and Abreu were retired on consecutive fly balls to center fielder Torres. Hefner then got Ellis to fly out to right fielder Duda and end the game. The Mets had a solid win on a combined shutout.