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MIAMI -- David Wright pulled an RBI single in the first inning, then sent three subsequent hits to the opposite field with a variety of trajectories.
"Groundballs, home runs, bloopers, line drives," opposing pitcher Ricky Nolasco said.
The net result: Three singles, one homer and three RBIs for Wright to help the New York Mets beat Nolasco and the Miami Marlins 9-3 on Saturday. It was the fourth consecutive multi-hit game for Wright, hiking his NL-leading average to .402.
R.A. Dickey (5-1) pitched six innings and sent the Marlins to only their second loss in the past 11 games.
The Mets have won six of seven.
Wright put the Mets up 1-0 in the first, hit his fourth homer in the third, singled and scored in the sixth, and added an RBI single in the ninth. He finished 4 for 6 but dismissed the notion he can sustain a .400 average.
"There is a long ways to go," he said. "Those are unrealistic goals. I think it's realistic to go up there and try to have good at-bats. If the results come, great."
Wright's on-base percentage of .489 leads the majors.
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"At the end of the year, David Wright is going to have some stinking really good numbers," manager Terry Collins said.
Dickey also contributed to the offense, earning a painful RBI when he was hit on his pitching wrist in the fifth inning with the bases loaded. The right-hander received a visit from a trainer but stayed in the game and threw another two innings.
"I was thankful that it hit me in the meatier part of the wrist, but you just never know" Dickey said. "We'll see how it feels in the morning."
He limited the Marlins to two runs even though his knuckleball was sub-par under the closed roof in the Marlins' new ballpark.
"It was a real fight," Dickey said. "I threw a lot of real tumbleweeds up there, balls that were kind of over-rotating on me. I didn't have my swing-and-miss knuckleball, but they were hitting enough pieces of it to give me some groundballs, and I was able to make a big pitch when I needed it."
Dickey has allowed only seven runs in his past four starts.
Nolasco (4-1) missed a chance to break the Marlins' record for career victories by earning his 69th win. Instead, he endured his 52nd defeat, allowing six runs in 4 2-3 innings for his shortest outing this year.
Nolasco walked three in the first inning and hit consecutive batters in the fifth, including Dickey.
"I apologize to my teammates," Nolasco said. "It was pretty ugly, and something I haven't done that ugly before. ... This one was on me completely. I took us out the game."
The Marlins went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and are batting .199 in those situations, worst in the majors. They had two runners tagged out between second and third.
"I hope the kids don't watch this," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's not the way to run the bases."
The Mets have been winning lately with comebacks, but this time they scored in the first and never trailed.
Catcher's interference by Brett Hayes prolonged the Mets' fourth inning, allowing them to score a run. With runners at second and third with two out, Torres flied out, but his swing knocked the glove off Hayes' hand. Torres was awarded first base, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with an RBI single.
Wright singled in the sixth and later scored on Murphy's single to put the Mets ahead 7-1. Wright dropped his final hit into short right field with two out in the ninth, and he has 11 hits in his past 21 at-bats.
"I'm getting some that are falling in, finding some holes," he said. "A lot of it is probably luck. This sport isn't like a lot of other sports. You can go up there and have good at-bats, and have nothing to show for it results-wise. You can go up there and have bad at-bats, and have good results. It's funny how this game works, so you try to take advantage of it when you can."
|David Wright raises his NL-leading average to .402 with four hits, including a homer, in the Mets' victory over the Marlins. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Andres Torres, CF||3||1||1||2||2||0||2||.310|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF||5||0||1||1||1||2||4||.303|
|David Wright, 3B||6||2||4||3||0||0||4||.402|
|Lucas Duda, RF||6||0||3||0||0||1||2||.269|
|D.J. Carrasco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||4||2||3||1||1||0||0||.321|
|Ike Davis, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||2||5||.175|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||5||2||1||1||0||1||1||.263|
|Mike Nickeas, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.226|
|R.A. Dickey, P||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.143|
|a- Jordany Valdespin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.091|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mike Baxter, PH-RF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.346|
|a-flied out for Dickey in the 7th|
|b-doubled for Parnell in the 9th|
|2B - Lucas Duda (3, Webb), Mike Baxter (5, Cishek)|
|HR - David Wright (4, Nolasco)|
|SH - R.A. Dickey (1)|
|RBI - Andres Torres 2 (10), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (12), David Wright 3 (21), Daniel Murphy (12), Ronny Cedeno (2), R.A. Dickey (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres 2 (7), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (7), David Wright (11), R.A. Dickey (1)|
|SB - Daniel Murphy (2, 3rd base off Webb/Hayes)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|Outfield Assists - Andres Torres 1|
|DP - Cedeno-Murphy-Davis|
|New York Mets|
|R.A. Dickey (W,5-1)||6||9||2||2||1||0||0||3.65|
|Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 95-65, Manny Acosta 12-8, Tim Byrdak 6-3, Bobby Parnell 11-9, D.J. Carrasco 23-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 8-8, Manny Acosta 1-0, Bobby Parnell 2-1, D.J. Carrasco 1-1|
|Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 26, Manny Acosta 4, Tim Byrdak 1, Bobby Parnell 3, D.J. Carrasco 5|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||1||4||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Omar Infante, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.330|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Austin Kearns, PH-LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Hanley Ramirez, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||0||3||.212|
|Logan Morrison, LF||4||2||2||0||0||1||3||.287|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.276|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.202|
|Emilio Bonifacio, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.240|
|Brett Hayes, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||.273|
|b- Kevin Mattison, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ricky Nolasco, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Mike Dunn, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Donnie Murphy, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.120|
|a-grounded out for Gaudin in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Hayes in the 9th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (7, Acosta), Giancarlo Stanton (8, Dickey), Gaby Sanchez (9, Dickey)|
|RBI - Hanley Ramirez (22), Giancarlo Stanton (18), Gaby Sanchez (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (4)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Infante-Reyes-G. Sanchez|
|E - Brett Hayes (3, Interference)|
|Ricky Nolasco (L,4-1)||4.2||9||6||6||3||3||1||3.65|
|HBP - Nickeas (by Ricky Nolasco), Dickey (by Ricky Nolasco)|
|WP - Steve Cishek (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 94-57, Mike Dunn 29-17, Chad Gaudin 23-12, Ryan Webb 19-13, Steve Cishek 29-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 6-4, Chad Gaudin 3-1, Ryan Webb 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 28, Mike Dunn 5, Chad Gaudin 6, Ryan Webb 5, Steve Cishek 5|
|Attendance - 32128|
|Game Time - 3:28|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Brian Gorman|