National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at New York|
(Thursday, September 27th)
Final Score: New York 6, Pittsburgh 5
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - David Wright hit a three-run homer and R.A.
Dickey tied a career high with 13 strikeouts, as the New York Mets closed out
their season at home, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-5.
Wright's blast in the fifth gave the Mets the lead and allowed Dickey (20-6),
who gave up three runs in 7 2/3 innings of work, to become the Mets' first
pitcher since Frank Viola in 1990 to win 20 games.
"To win 20 games is difficult. It's been a real grind," Dickey said. "It's a
Ike Davis hit a solo homer and Daniel Murphy and Scott Hairston each
contributed an RBI, as New York collected its sixth victory in its last
Kevin Correia (11-11) exited the game after Wright's homer, tagged for six
runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.
"Normally I can pick a positive out of a start, but today there basically
wasn't any," Correia said.
Alex Presley made it one-run game with a two-run blast off Jon Rauch in the
ninth, but Bobby Parnell retired the final two batters to earn his fifth save
of the season.
The Mets trailed early after Dickey gave up back-to-back run scoring hits in
the second. With runners on the corners, Rod Barajas hit a ground-rule double
to score Garrett Jones and then Jordy Mercer plated another with a slow-
rolling ground ball to third to make it 2-0.
New York got a run back on Davis' leadoff homer in bottom half, but was
denied from tying the game two batters later when Mike Baxter was robbed of a
home run by Pirates right fielder Travis Snider.
Barajas added a solo homer in the fourth, but Hairston knocked in a run in the
home half to keep the deficit at one. An inning later, the Mets took the lead
Andres Torres drew a leadoff walk, and two batters later Ruben Tejada singled
to right, before Daniel Murphy smoked a single up the middle to bring Torres
home from second. Wright then strolled to the plate and cleared the bases with
his 21st home run to give the Mets a 6-3 lead.
Pittsburgh came up just short in its final turn at the plate. Mercer reached
on a leadoff walk before Presley delivered a blast to right to make it 6-5.
But Parnell got Josh Harrison to ground out and Jose Tabata to fly out to end
Houston's Joe Niekro was the last knuckleballer to reach 20 wins, doing so in
1980 ... Dickey's 222 strikeouts are the most in a single season for the Mets
since David Cone struck out 214 in 1992 ... Pirates center fielder Andrew
McCutchen left the game in the seventh with discomfort in his left knee ...
Pittsburgh has lost eight of its last 10 games and, at 76-80, is in danger of
posting its 20th straight non-winning season.
09/27 20:17:28 ET