Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – R.A. Dickey threw a one-hit shutout and the New York Mets continued their amazing home shutout streak of the Phillies with a 1-0 triumph in the opener of a three-game set.
Dickey (8-5) bounced back from his last start on Sunday in which he gave up six runs against the Phillies on August 8. In Friday's game, he struck out seven and walked just one to help the Mets win back-to-back games for the first time since June 22-23.
Carlos Beltran drove in David Wright with a sixth-inning double for New York, which has taken six of 10 from Philadelphia this season. The Mets have blanked the Phillies all four times at Citi Field this year by a 17-0 count. Dickey helped the Mets to an 8-0 win over the Phillies in the opener of a three-game series May 25.
Cole Hamels (7-9) was the tough-luck loser as he gave up just one run on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in his first complete game of the season for the Phillies. Hamels also had the lone base hit.
In the fifth, the Mets nearly took the lead as Mike Hessman led off the frame by hitting the first pitch he saw to deep left. It was initially ruled a home run, but after a lengthy review, it was determined that a fan touched the ball and Hessman was awarded a triple.
Hamels, though, bore down and struck out the next two batters and, after giving an intentional walk to Ruben Tejada, got Dickey on a groundout to keep it a scoreless game.
Dickey had a no-hitter going through the first five innings, but Hamels broke that up with one out in the sixth when he punched a single to right.
New York took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Wright laced a double over the head of Shane Victorino and Beltran followed with a two- bagger to left-center.
Dickey put the Phillies down in order in the seventh and did the same in the eighth inning.
The ninth inning saw Dickey get Domonic Brown and Jimmy Rollins to groundout and Placido Polanco to fly out and end the game.
The Mets and Padres are the only teams in baseball to have never thrown a no- hitter...It was the second shutout and complete game in Dickey's career...Hamels has seven complete games to his credit over his five-year career...Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz did not play due to a sore quadriceps...Wright is just 3-for-37 in August.