NEW YORK - JULY 29: Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets runs the bases after his third inning three run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Rookie Ike Davis hit a three-run homer and knuckballer R.A. Dickey went 8 1/3 innings, as the New York Mets earned a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the rubber match of a three-game set at Citi Field.
Dickey (7-4), who was working on three days rest after exiting his last start on Sunday with a left leg injury after 5 2/3 innings, was sensational. He yielded only four hits, finishing with two strikeouts and a pair of walks. Francisco Rodriguez retired the final two batters in the ninth to pick up his 22nd save of the season.
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(Sports Network) - First-half phenom R.A. Dickey hopes to regain his lost momentum when the New York Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals today in the finale of a three-game midweek series at Citi Field.
Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer and drove in a total of three runs for the Cardinals, who bounced back from an 8-2 loss in Tuesday's opener.
St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, and also knocked in two runs while scoring once at the plate. Mike MacDougal (1-0) tossed a perfect 12th to pick up the win, while Ryan Franklin recorded his 19th save of the year.
Pedro Feliciano (2-6) allowed one run on one hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief to take the loss.
Angel Pagan and Carlos Beltran homered for the Mets, with Mike Hessman and Ike Davis each coming through with two RBI. Starting pitcher Johan Santana got rocked in 5 2/3 frames, however, giving up seven runs on a career-high 13 hits.
The loss was the 10th in 13 games for the Mets, who've tumbled to a distant third in the National League's East Division, 7 1/2 games behind the first- place Atlanta Braves and 6 1/2 back of the current NL Wild Card-leading San Francisco Giants.
The Cardinals kept pace with the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central, where the teams share the divisional lead by nine games over third-place Milwaukee.
Dickey, a first-round pick in 1996 who'd pitched in 144 big-league games with 22 wins before this season, opened 2010 with six straight victories and had a 2.33 earned run average after a 5-0 defeat of Detroit on June 23. He's winless in six starts since, however, falling to 6-4 as the Mets have lost all six outings while being outscored by a 26-12 margin.
He got a touch-luck no-decision his last time out against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, allowing just two hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings of the Mets' 1-0 loss. New York has scored three runs or less in five of Dickey's last six starts.
The 35-year-old Nashville native is winless in three career games against the Cardinals, but 3-1 in four home starts this season.
St. Louis counters with reliever-turned-starter Blake Hawksworth, who's already equaled the four wins he notched in 30 appearances as a rookie last season.
The 27-year-old Canadian began the season in the bullpen but has been used more as a game-opener in recent weeks, and he's posted victories over Kansas City, Houston and Philadelphia as a starter since June 26.
He took a 6-5 loss in his most recent outing against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, allowing seven hits and five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings this past Saturday.
Hawksworth has made four career relief appearances against the Mets while allowing seven hits and an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings.
The Cardinals won two of three at home over the Mets from April 16-18, but lost four of six at Citi Field a season ago.