WHAT IT MEANS: R.A. Dickey turned in his seventh straight quality start, upping his career-high streak, and the Mets beat the Marlins 2-1 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. After surrendering consecutive singles to open the seventh, Dickey picked off ex-Met Mike Cameron at second base to give himself breathing room. The knuckleballer then completed the seventh and departed at 100 pitches. Dickey will return on short rest Friday in D.C.
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Jason Isringhausen struck out the side in a scoreless eighth -- his first time facing at least three batters and fanning them all in five years. Bobby Parnell then notched his second save of the season and third of his career, albeit while surrendering a one-out solo homer to Gaby Sanchez.
Interrupted by Hurricane Irene, the Mets were bidding to toss consecutive shutouts for the second time this season until Parnell served up the long ball. Chris Capuano two-hitter Friday against Atlanta. The Mets did produce consecutive shutouts May 18-19 against Washington, in games started by Jon Niese and Dillon Gee.
Dickey won for the first time since July 25.
"It felt like a while, but I didn't know the exact date," said Dickey, who maintained he has only been concerned with team wins.
MIAMI VICE: The Mets built an early 2-0 lead. In the second inning, Nick Evans reached on the first of his two infield singles and scored on Justin Turner’s RBI single. An inning later, Lucas Duda reached with one out when right fielder Mike Stanton initially broke backward on a fly ball, then could not recover and it dropped in front of him. Duda ultimately scored when pitcher Anibal Sanchez missed stepping on first base and failed to complete a would-be 3-6-1 double play on Josh Thole’s grounder.
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay went 0-for-3 with a walk and is now 2-for-his-last-41 (.049).
WHAT'S NEXT: Gee (11-5, 4.37 ERA) starts opposite Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Jose Reyes is due to be activated from the disabled list.