MIAMI (AP) _ R.A. Dickey pitched a five-hit shutout for his 17th
win, Ike Davis backed him with a home run and the New York Mets
beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 on Friday night.
Dickey (17-4) tied Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto for the major
league lead in wins. Washington’s Gio Gonzalez was trying for his
17th victory Friday night.
Dickey struck out seven and walked three in his NL-leading fifth
complete game. The knuckleballer has three shutouts this year and
six in his career.
He was especially tough on his fellow All-Star, former teammate
Dickey struck out a swinging Reyes with runners on first and
second to end the third inning. Dickey picked off the speedy Reyes
at first to finish the sixth.
The Marlins put runners at first and second in the eighth, but
Reyes grounded out and Carlos Lee flied out.
The game took just 2 hours, 7 minutes.
Davis hit his 25th homer, a two-run shot off Nathan Eovaldi
(4-10) in the seventh inning. Davis also had a sacrifice fly in the
Eovaldi (4-10) allowed three runs and four hits in seven
innings. He walked one and struck out one.
The Mets won despite getting just four hits. The loss dropped
the last-place Marlins three games behind fourth-place New York in
the NL East.
Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy opened the Mets fourth with
singles, putting runners on first and third. After David Wright
lined out, Davis hit a sacrifice fly to center field.
Wright led off the seventh with a single and Davis followed with
a drive into the right-field seats. Davis has hit 18 of his home
runs this season on the road.
NOTES: The series continues Saturday night when Mets RHP Jeremy
Hefner (2-5, 4.65 ERA) opposes Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (7-11,
4.00). … The Mets announced a four-year extension with Double-A
affiliate Binghamton of the Eastern League.
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