Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Diamondbacks 1

July, 29, 2012
7/29/12
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WHAT IT MEANS: R.A. Dickey had a solid finish to a subpar month, notching win No. 14 as the Mets salvaged a split of a four-game series against Arizona with a 5-1 win Sunday at Chase Field.

David Wright and Scott Hairston contributed consecutive run-scoring doubles in the first inning and Hairston’s single plated Wright in the fifth against left-hander Joe Saunders to provide Dickey a three-run cushion. Daniel Murphy’s RBI double in the sixth opened a 4-0 lead.

The Mets won for only the third time in their past 17 games.

Dickey entered the outing with a 6.49 ERA in July, but the knuckleballer took a scoreless effort into the sixth inning this time. He limited the Diamondbacks to one run on four hits and three walks while also hitting a batter in a 111-pitch effort spanning seven innings.

Jon Rauch tossed a 1-2-3 eighth. Bobby Parnell issued a leadoff walk in the ninth but contributed a scoreless inning.

BAY WATCH: Jason Bay went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is hitless in his past 22 at-bats.

THE DAY AFTER: A day after going 4-for-4 with three homers, Ike Davis went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Sunday.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets head to San Francisco for a four-game series, on the middle stop of a three-city West Coast trip.

Jeremy Hefner (1-4, 5.40 ERA) faces left-hander Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 3.10) in the series opener.

Mike Baxter is expected to be activated from the disabled list. The trip to the Bay Area will be a reunion for Giants-fan-favorite Andres Torres as well as Ramon Ramirez, who were acquired from San Francisco at the winter meetings for Angel Pagan.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
11 3.85 125 161
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .299
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148