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They know the real test begins Monday, though, when the rival Philadelphia Phillies come to town.
Dickey struck out 10 to reach double digits for strikeouts in back-to-back appearances for the first time in his career, and the Mets held the Padres scoreless for the second successive day with a 2-0 victory Sunday.
"For it to play out like it has in the last few games it's been nice but we're not delusional," Dickey said. "We know there's a lot of baseball to be played."
Dickey (7-1) struck out 11 Pirates on Tuesday. He is the first Mets pitcher to have back-to-back games with at least 10 strikeouts since Pedro Martinez did it in May 2006.
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Santana pitched a four-hitter Saturday. He and Dickey combined in August 2010 for New York's last set of complete-game shutouts. Dickey needed a bit of help to finish this one.
"It's nice to be able to celebrate some good outings in a row and, hopefully, the next guy out feels an obligation to keep it's where it's at right now," Dickey said. "I certainly did after Johan passed the gauntlet."
New York won three of four against San Diego to move six games over .500 for the first time since July 18, 2010. On Monday, the Mets start a run of eight consecutive series against teams who had winning records entering Sunday.
"When you play these teams you raise your level," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We got to pick our game up. There's no doubt about it. But if we continue to pitch, we'll be in some games."
The Padres won the opener of the series, scoring a season-high 11 runs. But in the final three they had only one run -- going scoreless for 26 consecutive innings -- and 11 hits. With 13 players on the disabled list and outfielder Cameron Maybin sidelined since Saturday with a sore wrist, San Diego has lost six of seven on its 10-game road trip.
The Padres might be getting some help Monday in Chicago. Padres manager Bud Black said before the game that slugger Carlos Quentin could join the team for a series that begins Monday. Afterward, he said there will likely be a roster move Monday. Quentin has been out all season after having knee surgery in mid-March.
The Mets brought back Banner Day for the first time since 1996 as part of their season-long 50th anniversary celebration. Several signs asked for Dickey to throw the Mets' first no-hitter. Yonder Alonso dashed those hopes with two outs in the first, but, boy, Dickey was good.
The quirky right-hander walked to the mound to Darth Vader's theme, "The Imperial March," before the first pitch and then was ruthless with his knuckleball. He struck out the first two Padres -- Everth Cabrera was not able to hold onto his bat as he flailed at strike three. Cabrera didn't even bother swinging at the third strike his second time up.
The Padres got a hit in each of the first two innings then went hitless until Jesus Guzman doubled with one out in the seventh -- their second extra-base hit after Thursday's win. Guzman then got thrown out trying to steal third base.
"It's tougher if he's on, we were making him earn it, pumping strikes with the knuckleball," Black said.
Dickey gave up three hits, walked one and hit a batter in 7 1/3 innings.
"The knuckleball is a funny thing. It's very enigmatic," Dickey said. "Overall, I felt pretty good with where it's at."
Dickey credits catcher Mike Nickeas with giving him the confidence to try different things with his fluttery pitch that he can throw from 60 to 80 mph.
Nickeas thinks Dickey is striking out more batters because he has better control of the high knuckleballs.
Taking advantage of Volquez's wildness in the first, the Mets added to their major league-leading total of runs scored with two outs. After retiring the first two batters, Volquez walked David Wright. Wright stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch on ball four to Lucas Duda. Murphy then lined a single to right-center for the lead.
Volquez needed 75 pitches to get through the first three innings but New York had little success against him.
"I was a little bit all over in the first inning," Volquez said. "Then I fixed my mechanics and came back and pitched better."
Turner singled with two outs in the fifth, ending Volquez's day after 109 pitches. The 28-year-old right-hander allowed five hits and two runs. He struck out five and walked three.
|In whiffing 10 Padres, Dickey reaches double-digit strikeouts in back-to-back games after fanning 11 Pirates on Tuesday. (Getty Images)|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Will Venable, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.269|
|Everth Cabrera, 2B-SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.194|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.301|
|Jesus Guzman, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.256|
|Chase Headley, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.243|
|Nick Hundley, C||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.173|
|Blake Tekotte, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.133|
|Andrew Cashner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andy Parrino, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.163|
|a- Chris Denorfia, PH-RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Edinson Volquez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Brad Brach, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Alexi Amarista, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.172|
|a-walked for Parrino in the 8th|
|b-lined out for Brach in the 8th|
|2B - Jesus Guzman (13, Dickey)|
|SH - Edinson Volquez (1)|
|CS - Jesus Guzman (1, 3rd base by Dickey/Nickeas)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|PB - Nick Hundley (2)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Edinson Volquez (L,2-5)||5.2||5||2||2||3||5||0||3.46|
|WP - Edinson Volquez 2 (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 109-63, Brad Brach 17-13, Andrew Cashner 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 6-6, Brad Brach 2-1, Andrew Cashner 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 25, Brad Brach 4, Andrew Cashner 3|
|New York Mets|
|Mike Baxter, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.345|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF-RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.288|
|David Wright, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.382|
|Lucas Duda, RF||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.255|
|Frank Francisco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.298|
|Ike Davis, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.170|
|Justin Turner, SS||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Mike Nickeas, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.158|
|R.A. Dickey, P||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.150|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andres Torres, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.195|
|2B - Mike Baxter (10, Volquez), Justin Turner (5, Volquez)|
|RBI - Daniel Murphy (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Daniel Murphy (9)|
|SB - David Wright (5, 2nd base off Volquez/Hundley), Daniel Murphy (3, 2nd base off Volquez/Hundley)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Lucas Duda 1|
|PB - Mike Nickeas (4)|
|New York Mets|
|R.A. Dickey (W,7-1)||7.1||3||0||0||1||10||0||3.06|
|Tim Byrdak (H,12)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.57|
|Frank Francisco (S,13)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.41|
|HBP - Hundley (by R.A. Dickey)|
|Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 102-66, Tim Byrdak 11-8, Frank Francisco 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 7-4, Frank Francisco 1-2|
|Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 26, Tim Byrdak 2, Frank Francisco 3|
|Attendance - 28361|
|Game Time - 2:36|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chris Guccione|