May 6, 2012: Dickey Leads Mets Over D'Backs

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Date: May 6, 2012
Mets starter: R.A. Dickey
Mets: 3
Diamondbacks: 1
Winning pitcher: R.A. Dickey
Key player(s): R.A. Dickey, Daniel Murphy, Josh Thole
Key play: Murphy’s and Thole’s singles

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. R.A. Dickey pitched eight scoreless innings in an eventual 3-1 Mets win over Arizona.

Dickey set down the side in order in the top of the first. Andres Torres drew a walk against Arizona starter Trevor Cahill to lead off the bottom half. Kirk Nieuwenhuis flied out to center fielder Gerardo Parra and a single by David Wright advanced Torres to third base. On his own hit, Wright moved to second via a throw. Lucas Duda went down on strikes and Daniel Murphy singled to drive home Torres and Wright for a 2-0 Mets lead. Cahill then retired Ike Davis on a fly ball to Parra for the third out.

Dickey hurled perfect second and third innings. Cahill responded with a pair of scoreless bottom halves and Parra doubled with one out in the top of the fourth. Justin Upton flied out to right fielder Duda and a walk to Jason Kubel ensued. Dickey got Paul Goldschmidt on a fly ball to center fielder Torres to close out the inning and Davis drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Ruben Tejada followed with a bunt single on which he was injured and replaced by pinch-runner Justin Turner. Josh Thole hit a single to score Davis and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Trying to advance on the play, Turner was out via a throw by Parra to third baseman Cody Ransom to end the inning.

Dickey retired all three Snakes batters in the top of the fifth. Cahill set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Willie Bloomquist drew a walk with one out in the top of the sixth. Bloomquist went to second base on Parra’s single and to third after Upton’s line out to Duda. With Kubel at bat, Dickey caught Parra with a pickoff throw to first baseman Davis for the inning’s final out. Cahill then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Dickey surrendered only a walk to Goldschmidt in the top of the seventh. Cahill retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and R. A. gave up just a single to Ransom in the top of the eighth. Diamondbacks’ reliever Mike Zagurski pitched a scoreless bottom half and Parra walked against Dickey to open the top of the ninth. Upton hit a double that brought home Parra with the first run of the game for the D’Backs. Mets’ reliever Tim Byrdak retired Kubel on a fly ball to left fielder Nieuwenhuis. New York’s Frank Francisco then fanned Goldschmidt and got Miguel Montero on a fly ball to Duda that ended the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.