September 27, 2012: Dickey Wins 20th

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Date: September 27, 2012
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 6
Pirates: 5
Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey
Key player(s): R. A. Dickey, David Wright, Bobby Parnell
Key play: Wright's three-run homer

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. R. A. Dickey recorded his 20th win of the season in a 6-5 Mets victory over Pittsburgh.

Following a scoreless first inning, Garrett Jones doubled to lead off the top of the second. Pedro Alvarez went down on strikes and Travis Snider singled to left field. Rod Barajas hit a ground rule double to score Jones and move Snider to third base. A single by Jordy Mercer drove home Snider for a 2-0 Bucs lead. Dickey struck out Kevin Correia and Sterling Marte to finish off the inning and Ike Davis homered to begin the bottom half. Pirates' starter Correia then retired the next three Mets batters to end the inning.

Dickey and Correia each pitched a scoreless third. With one out in the top of the fourth, Barajas hit a home run to extend the Pittsburgh lead to 3-1. Mercer singled and advanced to second base on Correia's sacrifice bunt. Dickey fanned Marte for the third out and back-to-back singles by Daniel Murphy and David Wright opened the bottom of the inning. Davis fouled out to third baseman Alvarez and a single by Scott Hairston plated Murphy with the Mets' second run of the game. Correia then got Mike Baxter and Josh Thole on consecutive ground balls to first baseman Jones to close out the inning.

Dickey struck out the side in a scoreless top of the fifth. Andres Torres drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Dickey went down on strikes and Ruben Tejada singled to right field. Murphy hit a single that scored Torres with the tying run. Wright followed with a three-run homer to give the Mets a 6-3 lead. Bucs' reliever Hisanori Takahashi then set down the next two hitters to end the inning.

Dickey and Takahashi each retired the side in order in the sixth. R. A. yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Brock Holt in the top of the seventh and singled against the Pirates' Chris Resop to begin the bottom of the inning. Resop recorded outs on each of the next three New York batters and Dickey struck out Jones and Alvarez to open the top of the eighth. Snider drew a walk and Mets' reliever Jon Rauch got Barajas on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Torres. For Pittsburgh, reliever Tony Watson hurled a perfect bottom half.

Mercer drew a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth inning. Jeff Clement was struck out and Alex Presley homered to cut the Mets' lead to one run. Rauch was replaced on the mound by Bobby Parnell, who got Josh Harrison to ground out to shortstop Tejada. Parnell then retired Jose Tabata on a fly ball to right fielder Baxter for the game's final out. The Mets had a victory in their last home game of the season as Dickey became a 20-game winner.