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Mets 8, Astros 2: Dickey Nearly As Sharp As Johan

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March 22, 2012; Port St Lucie, FL, USA;   New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) during the spring training game against the Houston Astros at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
March 22, 2012; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) during the spring training game against the Houston Astros at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

R.A. Dickey followed up Johan Santana's great outing yesterday with a very good one of his own today. Dickey allowed only one run in 6.1 innings of work, striking out four and giving up only one hit. He did walk three Astros, but it didn't come back to haunt him.

Josh Edgin followed Dickey and retired the only two batters he faced, one of whom he struck out. Ramon Ramirez threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout, and Frank Francisco continued his spring struggles, allowing a run on a couple of hits in the ninth inning.

The Mets had no problem scoring runs this afternoon, thanks in part to a pair of bases-loaded walks by Houston. Ruben Tejada hit a solo bomb in the first inning, Vinny Rottino and Rob Johnson each had two hits, and Omar Quintanilla had a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs.

Getting worked up over spring training results would be foolish, but back-to-back outings like those by Santana and Dickey in the past couple of games would be fantastic during the regular season.

The Mets hit the road to play the Braves tomorrow at 1:05 pm, but the game will not be broadcast locally.

Nice job by Brooklyn Dodgers Mets Fan; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

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