Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Marlins 1
April, 25, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: David Wright stands alone.
The Mets third baseman surpassed Darryl Strawberry and took over sole possession of the franchise’s all-time record for RBIs (735) with a 405-foot two-run home run -- which was aided by Citi Field’s new dimensions -- in the sixth inning. Wright had gone the last five games without recording an RBI. Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is the only other active player who leads his team’s all-time RBI list.
Wright’s blast proved to be all the offense the Mets needed in a 5-1 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night. New York (10-8) has now won two in a row.
Lucas Duda had two hits, including a clutch two-out RBI single in the eighth, and Mike Baxter followed with a two-run pinch-hit double.
BOUNCING BACK: R.A. Dickey pitched like an ace on Wednesday night.
His final line: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
Dickey (3-1) retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced, including 10 in a row. But Omar Infante snapped Dickey’s string of 24 consecutive scoreless innings against the Marlins by belting a solo home run off the facade in left with one out in the fifth.
Dickey got out of a first-and-second two-out jam -- thanks in part to a Wright error -- in the seventh when he induced John Buck to bounce into a fielder’s choice.
Dickey had been shelled in his last outing on April 18 in Atlanta. Pitching in a downpour, Dickey gave up eight runs -- one short of his career-most -- on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Before that he had thrown 14 quality starts in a row, the longest active streak in the majors.
YES WAY! Jose Reyes got his first hit of the series -- a blooped single to right -- with one out in the eighth. The former Mets shortstop was promptly booed by the announced crowd of 20,623.
TOUGH LUCK: Mark Buehrle, making his first career start against the Mets, pitched well, yielding just Wright’s blast over seven strong innings. But he took the loss, evening his record at 2-2.
SLUMPIN’: Ike Davis, dropped down to seventh in the batting order against Buehrle, went 0-for-4 and now has three hits in his last 29 at-bats (eight games). His average stands at .123. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Davis is 1-for-32 in night games this season.
NEW HEIGHTS: Josh Thole singled to right in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to a new career-high eight games.
UP NEXT: The Mets and Marlins wrap up their three-game series on Thursday afternoon. It’ll be Jon Niese (2-0, 2.89 ERA) vs. righty Ricky Nolasco (2-0, 3.93).