ST. LOUIS (AP) _ R.A. Dickey became the first pitcher in the
majors to win 18 games this season, and Ike Davis hit a three-run
homer to lift the New York Mets to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis
Cardinals on Wednesday.

The knuckleballer allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings en route to
his 18th win, the first Mets pitcher to reach the mark since Frank
Viola (20-12) and Dwight Gooden (19-7) both did it in 1990. Dickey
(18-4) gave up eight hits and struck out five to help New York
salvage a win to close out the three-game series.

Davis gave the Mets a 5-1 lead with his 26th homer, and Daniel
Murphy went 3-for-4 to lift his average in day games to an NL-best
.351 (65 for 185). Josh Thole and Andres Torres had RBI singles,
and Lucas Duda drove in the Mets’ other run with a bases-loaded

The Mets did most of their damage off of Cardinals starter Adam
Wainwright (13-12), who allowed five runs and eight hits in five

However, Wainwright delivered the Cardinals’ first run when he
led off the third inning with a home run against Dickey. It was
Wainwright’s first homer of the season but the sixth in his major
league career.

Former first-round pick Shelby Miller was much more effective
for the Cardinals. Making his Major League debut, Miller struck out
four batters in two innings of scoreless relief, including fanning
the side in the seventh.

After Wainwright’s homer cut the Mets’ advantage to 2-1, New
York stretched its lead in the fifth on Davis’ shot.
Mike Baxter led off with a single and went to third one out
later on Murphy’s single. They scored on Davis’ drive over the
right field fence.

NOTES: Kyle Lohse (14-2) will seek to match Ted Wilkes, who
started 15-2 in 1944, for the best start to a season for a
Cardinals pitcher when he faces the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.
… Dickey’s ERA of 2.64 is second in the NL to Cincinnati’s Johnny
Cueto (2.58). … The crowd of 30,090 was the smallest of the
season in St. Louis. … The game ended on a 9-4-6 double play when
Adron Chambers was called out for failing to retouch second base as
he retreated to first on Yadier Molina’s fly ball to right.

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


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