“This is a good park to pitch in, I know that. It’s just a comfortable place to pitch,” Dickey said. “You can kind of challenge guys.”
After the Mets fought back from a three-run deficit, Francisco Rodriguez retired slugger Hanley Ramirez(notes) with runners at second and third for his 11th save in 14 chances. Ramirez hit a chopper up the third base line and David Wright(notes) bounced an off-balance throw to first that easily beat Ramirez for the final out.
“Those situations, you live for it,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve just got to be a little more aggressive in trying to get that final out as quick as possible.”
Dessens also pitched a hitless eighth.
“We got a lot of opportunities,” Ramirez said.
New York, 8-18 on the road, has won 16 of 20 at spacious Citi Field, which opened last year. Mets opponents have gone seven consecutive games without a home run here.
“I didn’t do anything different,” Sanchez said. “I can’t win every game.”
Making his fourth start since coming up from the minors, Dickey (3-0) yielded three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. The 35-year-old knuckleballer was coming off wins over Philadelphia and Milwaukee. His two hits were a career high.
“Sometimes I think with knuckleballers you just get in a groove,” Francoeur said. “He’s making some good hitters look bad up there. … He’s been a big pickup for us.”
Sanchez beat the Mets 7-2 on May 14 and had gone eight straight outings without giving up more than two earned runs. He was 5-1 with a 1.97 ERA during that stretch.
The right-hander yielded four runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings in this one.
Wright drew a one-out walk from Sanchez in the sixth and went to third on Rod Barajas’(notes) double off the left-field wall. Francoeur lined the next pitch to left for a tying single, extending his recent resurgence at the plate following a prolonged slump.
Tejada hit a fielder’s choice grounder into the shortstop hole and crossed first without a relay throw. His first major league RBI gave New York a 4-3 lead.
“He played well tonight. It was fun to watch,” Francoeur said. “He’s not overmatched out there.”
New York was trailing 3-0 when Tejada opened the third with a double for his second career hit. With the infield creeping in to defend a bunt, Dickey pulled the bat back and hit a butcher-boy liner off first base for an RBI single.
“They crashed and I slashed,” Dickey said. “I felt like it was a good time to try that.”
Bay added a run-scoring double with two outs.
The 20-year-old Tejada was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo before the game and will be the starter at second base in the absence of Luis Castillo(notes), placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right heel.
The Marlins added two runs in the third and had a chance for more, but centerfielder Angel Pagan(notes) threw out Ramirez at the plate on Jorge Cantu’s(notes) single for his team-high sixth outfield assist.
NOTES: Rodriguez blew a save opportunity in his previous outing, Wednesday at San Diego. … Sanchez has allowed one home run in 11 starts. … LHP Jonathon Niese(notes) will come off the disabled list to start Saturday against Marlins LHP Nate Robertson(notes).
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