R.A. Dickey recognizes the crowd after notching his 20th victory.
Pitching in the Mets' home finale at his own request, Dickey limited the Pittsburgh Pirates to three runs in 7 2/3 innings Thursday before departing with a three-run cushion. The Mets held on to win, 6-5, at Citi Field as the 37-year-old Dickey improved to 20-6.
"It was as hard as it's ever been to not get emotional, that's for sure," Dickey said. "I mean, from the get-go, from the introductions to the last pitch.
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