R.A. Dickey’s incredible run of pitching had to end someday; it’s just unfortunate that it had to happen against the Yankees. Dickey’s streak of not allowing an earned run ended at 44.2 as the Yankees beat the Mets Sunday night and take the series.
With the bases loaded in the third Mark Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly to break the streak and give the Yanks the 1-0 lead. Nick Swisher followed that with a three-run blast to make it 4-0.
The Mets made it 4-1 in the bottom of the inning when Andres Torres walked, stole second, went to third on the catcher’s throwing error, and scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Yankees got the run back in the fifth when Teixeira grounded into a fielder’s choice — 5-1 Yanks.
In the bottom of the fifth with runners on first and second with two outs, David Wright singled to left. Dickey was on second and he was waved around. The ball just beat him to the plate but catcher Chris Stewart couldn’t handle it. Dickey was safe to make it 5-2.
The Mets struck with two outs yet again in the sixth. With the bases loaded, Torres hit a grounder past Teixeira into right field. Two runs scored to make it 5-4 and knock C.C. Sabathia out of the game. Cory Wade came on and Ruben Tejada, just off the DL, greeted him with a game-tying single to left. David Wright walked to load the bases but pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis struck out to keep it tied at five.
Dickey, who was lifted for a pinch hit in the sixth, obviously didn’t have his best knuckleball — he walked three batters and struck out only three in six innings and even threw his first wild pitch on the season. His five runs allowed raised his ERA to 2.31. He didn’t figure in the decision so his record remains 11-1.
So the game was in the hands of the bullpens. After pitching a perfect seventh, Miguel Batista was out there again for the eighth. It was less than perfect as Robinson Cano tagged one to dead center to give the Yankees a 6-5 lead.
And that’s how it would end. The Mets drop another series to the stupid Yankees.