National League Game Summary - New York at Pittsburgh|
(Tuesday, May 22nd)
Final Score: New York 3, Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - A pair of eighth-inning runs supported a
strong outing from R.A. Dickey as the Mets defeated the Pirates, 3-2, on
The game was tied entering the eighth, but Lucas Duda delivered an RBI single
off of Juan Cruz (1-1) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis scored on an error by third
baseman Pedro Alvarez to make it 3-1.
Dickey (6-1) recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts, did not walk a batter and
allowed just one run over seven innings to earn the win.
"A lot of times you throw it and it does what it's going to do," said Dickey
of his knuckleball. "Tonight, mechanically, I was in a place where I could get
it to do a couple of different things where I wanted to and that was the
Mike Nickeas added an RBI single for New York, which had lost seven of 11
coming in, including the opener of this three-game series on Monday.
James McDonald countered Dickey with eight strikeouts and also gave up just
one run over seven frames, while Andrew McCutchen drove in a pair for the
"Tough loss. Everybody played hard, played some good defense at times," said
McDonald. "My team did what I asked from them and that's play hard behind me
and that's all you can ask for."
The eighth inning was one of near misses for the Pirates. Mike Baxter scored
the go-ahead run after he reached with a one-out double, which bounced out of
the glove of McCutchen as he attempted an over-the-shoulder grab.
A walk to Nieuwenhuis followed and there were two down when Duda ripped a
sharp grounder towards first base. This time the ball glanced off the glove of
the diving Garrett Jones and rolled into the outfield, allowing Baxter to
score and Nieuwenhuis to reach third.
Chris Resop entered and induced Daniel Murphy into a grounder, but Alvarez
failed to field the ball cleanly and Nieuwenhuis crossed the plate for a 3-1
Jose Tabata doubled and scored to make it 3-2 in the bottom half, but the
Pirates would get no closer. He crossed the plate with two outs when McCutchen
lifted a fly ball to shallow right, which bounced out of the glove of Murphy
as he attempted an over-the-shoulder basket catch.
Tim Byrdak then relieved Jon Rauch and struck out Alvarez to end the inning.
Frank Francisco tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save of the season.
In the second inning, McDonald issued his only two walks of the game -- to
Murphy and Ronny Cedeno. The free pass to Cedeno came with two outs and
Nickeas followed with an single to left for a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates tied the game in the sixth inning when Josh Harrison tripled on a
deep shot to left-center, then scored on McCutchen's sacrifice fly to right.
This marks the earliest in a season that Dickey has reached six wins. His
previous earliest mark was in 2010, when he earned his sixth win on June 23.
Last season, he did not post his sixth victory until August 29...Mets third
baseman David Wright entered the game with a major league-leading .415 batting
average but went 0-for-4. His average now sits at .403.
05/22 23:46:59 ET