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Complete Game For Dickey As Mets End Home Losing Streak

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R.A. Dickey (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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By HOWIE RUMBERG,  AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ R.A. Dickey pitched a complete game for his
NL-leading 15th win, stopping Jose Reyes’ 26-game hitting streak
and helping the New York Mets end their nine-game home losing skid
with a 6-1 win Thursday over the Miami Marlins.

Dickey (15-3) gave up five hits, struck out 10 and walked none.

Reyes went 0 for 4 against the All-Star knuckleballer, twice
stranding runners on third base. His hitting streak was the longest
of his career and the best in the majors this season.

Andres Torres homered, tripled and doubled, and drove in the
go-ahead run after Reyes lost a popup in the sun.

Struggling in his first season with the Mets, Torres homered off
Josh Johnson (7-8) in the sixth and got an RBI triple in the eighth
after umpires went to replay to review whether the ball had left
the park.

Torres’ double in the fourth made it 2-1 and came two outs after
David Wright’s shallow fly to left field hit off Reyes’ upper body
and skittered away for a double.

Josh Thole hit a pair of RBI singles and Wright added another
for the Mets. New York scored four of its runs with two outs in
winning at home for the first time since July 7.

Dickey turned in his third straight stellar outing after hitting
a rough patch that drove his ERA from 2.00 on June 24 to 2.97 a
month later.

Pitching in 89-degree heat, perfect weather for his knuckleball,
Dickey threw his fourth complete game of the year and eighth of his
career.

Dickey’s lone mistake was trying to sneak an 85 mph fastball
past Justin Ruggiano, who homered to tie it 1-all in the fourth.

Thole came up in the second with the Mets’ first chance with a
runner in scoring position after going 0 for 10 in that situation
the night before. Thole slapped a soft single to left field for the
early lead against Johnson, New York’s nemesis.

Johnson came in 8-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 15 games. But the Marlins
ace was not able to match Dickey. He allowed eight hits and three
runs in six innings. He had given up just two runs in his previous
three starts.

The Mets retook the lead in the fourth when Wright led off with
a high fly to shallow left. Reyes ranged back from shortstop but
lost the ball in the blazing afternoon sun, turning away as the
ball deflected off him for a double. Fans who’ve booed the former
Mets star since he left for Miami in the offseason gave the play a
rousing cheer.jose reyes loses david wright hit in sun getty jim mcisaac Complete Game For Dickey As Mets End Home Losing Streak

Two outs later, Torres doubled. Torres added on with his second
homer of the season in the sixth. The beleaguered center fielder,
hitting .239 coming in, reached base all four times Thursday.

His drive in the eighth hit off the orange line at the top of
the wall in right field. Umpires went to the video room to see if
it hit above the line and the play stood. Jordany Valdespin had
reached on first baseman Carlos Lee’s error to start the inning.

Lee singled leading off the second to extend his hitting streak
to 14 games. Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada also extended his hitting
streak to 14.

NOTES: Marlins 2B Nick Green threw his bat into the Miami dugout
while flailing at a knuckleball in the second inning. Seconds after
it disappeared into the dugout, it was hurled back onto the field,
drawing laughs from fans. … Marlins OF Logan Morrison (right knee
inflammation) was advised by Dr. Richard Steadman in Colorado to
rest for three weeks and then do rehab instead of surgery. Morrison
will be reevaluated in three weeks. … The band MercyMe will play
a concert after the Mets and Braves play Friday night. Matt Harvey
(1-2) is scheduled to make his first home start for New York. Paul
Maholm (9-7) pitches for Atlanta.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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