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Flushing, NY (Aug 13) – The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 tonight. R.A. Dickey made a brilliant start for the Mets, however, their offense again was nonexistent. On a positive note, the Mets pitching has been coming through lately, with two straight shutouts.
Surprisingly, Dickey, who was coming off of his worst outing of the season, turned in a game pitching a complete Game 1 hit shutout. He walked one and struck out seven against their Division rivals.
Cole Hamels also pitched a complete game for the Phillies, with eight innings, and giving up one run on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Angel Pagan, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Mike Hessman and Henry Blanco each had a hit. Beltran had the only RBI of the game. Hessman and Ruben Tejada each had a walk.
The Mets scored in the sixth inning on a double by Wright followed by an RBI double by Beltran, making this game the first back-to-back winning games since June 22-23. The bullpen got a much needed night off, as closer Francisco Rodriguez, was serving out his suspension. Rodriguez will be back tomorrow and surely face the media when he reports to the ballpark. Hopefully, he can put this ugly incident behind him and the Mets can change the talk by winning some games and making a run at the postseason.
The Mets led off an inning with an extra-base hit, but each led off resulted in little to show for it. Hessman hit what looked like a home run, only to have it overturned to a triple due to fan interference. Hessman was the only Met who reached base safely twice in the game.
The Mets are nine games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and 7½ games back in wild card chase.
Roy Halladay takes on Pat Misch tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m.
By: Gary W. Marchese Jr.