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Saturday, June 2nd (All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (27-25) at New York Mets (29-23), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Lance Lynn (8-1, 2.54) New York - R.A. Dickey (7-1, 3.06)
(Sports Network) - A tough -- very tough -- act to follow. That's what's ahead today for New York Mets knuckleball specialist R.A. Dickey.
With Johan Santana pitching the first no-hitter in team history in an 8-0 win last night, Dickey takes the mound today aiming to extend his winning streak to six decisions when the Mets resume their four-game series with St. Louis.
Dickey is 5-0 over his last seven starts and suffered his lone loss of the season April 18 at Atlanta. Since then, the veteran has sparkled, especially over his last two outings, wins against San Diego and Pittsburgh in which he combined to strike out 21 batters. He threw 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Padres on Sunday and became the first Mets pitcher to record back-to-back double-digit strikeout games since Pedro Martinez accomplished the feat on May 9- May 14, 2006.
Dickey is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in five games (3 starts) when facing the Cardinals.
Santana's first career no-hitter last night came in the franchise's 8,020th game. That leaves the Padres as the only team yet to throw one in Major League Baseball.
The 33-year-old native of Venezuela, who was making his 11th start of the year after missing all of the 2011 season due to shoulder surgery, threw a career- high 134 pitches. Before Friday, Santana's career-best low-hit complete game was three.
The no-hitter, though, didn't come without controversy and also a spectacular defensive play in the outfield.
In the seventh, Yadier Molina stroked a deep liner to left. Mike Baxter made an incredible catch as he violently crashed into the outfield wall to preserve the feat. Baxter appeared to injure his shoulder on the play and left the game.
"(Baxter's catch) was amazing. When Yadier hit the ball I just saw Baxter running back to the warning track," Santana said. "When he made that catch I didn't even know it was in his glove. It was great, it was amazing. Unfortunately he had to come out of the game, but at the same time it saved us big time and it was the key."
An inning before, former Met Carlos Beltran ripped a line drive, which clearly hit the third base line chalk on replay. It was called foul by third base umpire Adrian Johnson.
"I'm the shortest guy on the field on the lowest part of the field and I couldn't see anything," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I was looking up and I couldn't tell if it was fair or foul."
Beltran ended up grounding out before Santana retired the side.
When Santana fanned David Freese to end the game, it marked the first time the Cardinals were no-hit since June 29, 1990 when Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers accomplished the feat.
Lucas Duda homered and knocked in four while Kirk Nieuwenhuis had two hits and scored three times for the Mets, winners in five of their last seven.
Adam Wainwright (4-6) took the loss after giving up seven runs on six hits over 6 1/3 frames last night.
"I felt great tonight. I was locating and my stuff was pretty sharp. It was probably to oddest seven runs I've ever given up," said Wainwright.
Lance Lynn, who is unbeaten in five road decisions this year, gets the ball today for the Cardinals. The righty tied a career-high with eight strikeouts in a seven-inning start Monday against Atlanta that resulted in an 8-2 win.
New York split its six meetings with the Cards last season.
06/02 10:37:26 ET
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