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Dickey's knuckler holds Phillies to 1 hit

NEW YORK — Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey threw a one-hitter Friday night, allowing only a sixth-inning single to pitcher Cole Hamels, and the Mets shut out the Phillies 1-0 at Citi Field.

The Mets blanked the high-scoring Phillies for the fourth straight time at home. New York outscored its NL East rivals 16-0 during a three-game sweep in late May, a string started by Dickey.

David Wright and Carlos Beltran hit consecutive doubles with two outs in the sixth for the lone run. Despite having Mike Hessman lose a homer on a video replay (see notebook), the Mets posted their first two-game winning streak since June 22-23.

Hit hard by the Phillies in his last start, Dickey baffled them all evening this time, striking out seven and walking one in his second career shutout — his other came in 2003 with Texas. This was the Mets' major-league-leading 18th shutout this year, matching their most since 1976.

The Mets and San Diego are the only teams in the majors that have never pitched a no-hitter, and Dickey's bid ended with one out in the sixth.

Hamels, a career .146 hitter coming in, lined a solid single that rightfielder Jeff Francoeur handled at medium depth, and he looked at first base before deciding not to throw. That was the last runner Dickey allowed.

Hamels has not won in six starts despite pitching well. He gave up five hits in seven innings.

Mets 1

Phillies 0

Dickey's knuckler holds Phillies to 1 hit 08/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:35am]
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