Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Cardinals 0

June, 2, 2012
6/02/12
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets still have not pitched a perfect game in their 8,021-game history. Ex-Met Carlos Beltran led off the second inning of Saturday’s game with a double -- and this time it actually counted.

But Beltran’s two-base knock was one of the only blemishes on R.A. Dickey’s docket. The 37-year-old knuckleballer followed Johan Santana’s no-hitter with a dazzling performance of his own.

Dickey hurled his third career complete-game shutout and guided New York to a 5-0 victory over St. Louis at Citi Field. He allowed just seven hits, walked none and struck out nine -- coming up just shy of his third straight start with double-digit Ks.

Dickey needed just 100 pitches -- 34 less than Santana.

Dickey (8-1) has not given up a run since the sixth inning of his May 22 start in Pittsburgh. He is 6-0 in his last eight starts -- and has given up just one run in his last three outings (23 1/3 innings).

The Mets (30-23) have won six of their last eight games. They dealt Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn (8-2) just his second loss of the season.

New York left 11 men on base.

THE WRIGHT WAY: David Wright doubled and hit his sixth home run of the year with two outs in the eighth. Wright’s opposite-field shot was aided by the ballpark’s shorter dimensions -- they lead their opponents in “New Citi Jacks,” 9-8. The Mets third baseman is now just one run shy of tying Jose Reyes for the franchise record (733).

SMALL BALL: The Mets scored three runs in the second -- and only one ball (Ike Davis’ leadoff single) left the infield in the frame.

WEB GEM: Omar Quintanilla made a heck of a play to end the seventh. The shortstop dove to his left, then spun and fired to first to take a base hit away from Yadier Molina. He also started a nifty 6-4-3 double-play in the ninth.

NO-HAN: Santana, fresh off pitching the first no-hitter in Mets’ history, tipped his cap to the crowd and got a nice ovation before the game. Umpire Adrian Johnson, who mistakenly called Beltran’s double a foul ball in the sixth inning on Friday night, was cheered when he was introduced by the P.A. announcer.

UP NEXT: Left-hander Jon Niese (3-2, 4.55 ERA) opposes righty Jake Westbrook (4-4, 3.69) on Sunday Night Baseball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187