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Dickey Baffles Marlins

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R.A. Dickey (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

R.A. Dickey (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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MIAMI (AP) _ R.A. Dickey flummoxed the Florida Marlins once
again.

Dickey made an early run stand up, blanking Florida for seven
innings and pitching the New York Mets to a 1-0 victory Wednesday.

Dickey is 3-0 against the Marlins this season. The knuckleballer
allowed only one run _ it was unearned _ in 20 innings over that
span.

“I think it’s coincidence,” Dickey said. “Sometimes you match
up better against certain type of hitters and maybe this team has
those kinds of hitters for me.”

Jose Reyes led off the game with a single and scored on a
one-out double down the left-field line by Lucas Duda for the only
run of the game.

“You don’t see that very often,” Mets manager Terry Collins
said. “Fortunately, Jose got on, Lucas put one where nobody was
standing and we got a chance to score. Otherwise, we’d still be
playing.”

Dickey (8-11) and relievers Josh Stinson and Manny Acosta
combined on a five-hitter. The Mets also managed just five hits.

The Mets played their final game at the Marlins’ stadium before
Florida moves into a new home next season. The Mets finished 75-74
at the park the Marlins had shared with the Miami Dolphins since
1993.

Dickey gave up four hits and three walks. He struck out three.
“I started off very mediocre,” Dickey said. “The second and
third innings I really had to fight out of some jams and was
fortunate enough to make some good pitches.”

Brad Hand (1-6) allowed one run, three hits and four walks in
six innings.

“I minimized the damage,” Hand said. “When they did get
runners on, I got out of it. Just trying to keep the team in the
game and not give up any more runs after that first.”

Florida had a runner in scoring position in each of the first
four innings and stranded eight in the game.

“He wasn’t nearly as sharp as he’s been against us in the
past,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “I thought for sure we
were going to get him. He gave us an opportunity but we couldn’t
cash in and put the ball in play.”

The Mets committed errors on back-to-back plays in the third,
but the Marlins could not take advantage of the blunders.

In the eighth, the Marlins put Emilio Bonifacio on third base,
but Stinson struck out Gaby Sanchez swinging to end the inning.

“(Stinson) looked very much the part that he’s a big leaguer,
no question,” Collins said.

Acosta pitched the ninth and recorded his first save since Aug.
11, 2010, at Houston. He struck out the first two batters he faced
before hitting Mike Stanton with a pitch. Greg Dobbs grounded back
to Acosta to end the game.

“That was my first opportunity this year, I’m happy, and I’ll
wait for more,” Acosta said.

Jason Bay had two hits for the Mets.

NOTES: LF Logan Morrison kept the Marlins within a run when he
threw out David Wright at the plate to end the top of the eighth.
… The shutout was the Mets’ second since July 5. Chris Capuano
pitched the other one. … Marlins 3B Matt Dominguez recorded his
first major league hit with a single in the second inning. “It was
good to get that first one out of the way. So doing it in the first
at-bat was good,” Dominguez said. “The next couple at-bats I
could relax a little bit more.” … The Mets host the Braves in a
doubleheader Thursday, sending RHP Chris Schwinden and RHP Dillon
Gee to the mound. The 24-year-old Schwinden will be making his big
league debut. Gee is 0-1 with a 9.20 ERA in his last three starts.
… Florida is off Thursday and will send RHP Ricky Nolasco to the
mound Friday at Pittsburgh. Nolasco has a scoreless-inning streak
of 21 innings against the Pirates, which spans his last three
starts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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