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NEW YORK -- Cliff Lee toed the rubber, went through a full windup and simulated a pitch -- toward second base, that is.
Naw, he didn't do that because the Philadelphia Phillies have been stuck in reverse lately. It's a quirk of his, something he started in the minors to stay loose and visualize positive results.
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"He controlled the game, he was that good," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.
Jimmy Rollins hit a home run with the help of video replay and Domonic Brown also hit a solo shot off Dickey (18-6). The Phillies pulled within 3½ games of idle St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot, though other clubs are also in their path.
"It was a big win. We're kind of running out of games," Lee said. "Three or four teams ahead of us that we've got to catch and pass. Definitely not where we want to be."
Philadelphia had lost three of four at last-place Houston before arriving at Citi Field, where visiting teams have feasted. The Mets have dropped nine of 10 overall, and fell to 4-22 at home since the All-Star break.
"We bounced back tonight," Manuel said. "You get that kind of pitching, it's not that hard."
Lee (6-7) turned in his fifth consecutive sharp start, winning four of them, and allowed seven hits over eight innings. He was in control, as always, with one walk. He has gone 14 consecutive outings with no more than one free pass.
The 33-year-old lefty trotted to the mound to start his innings, and often was the first Phillies player to take his position. That's when he would go through his unusual routine, making phantom pitches toward second base.
"In the minors, I usually was the first person out there and that's when I started doing it," he said. "Now, I do it all the time. It's my thing."
Lee, who earned his elusive first victory of the season on July 4 at Citi Field, became the latest pitcher to shut down the Mets in their own ballpark. New York has scored three runs or fewer in a team-record 14 consecutive home games.
"The way that he has been throwing the last month, month and a half, you knew it was probably going to be a tight game," Dickey said. "The margin of error decreases when he's pitching."
Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 35th save in 39 chances.
Dickey missed a chance to tie Washington's Gio Gonzalez for the major-league lead in wins, and has lost back-to-back decisions for the first time this year. Dickey projects to get three more starts this season.
The knuckleballer allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out eight -- he has 205 this year, one behind NL leader Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers -- and lowered his ERA a tad to a league-best 2.67.
Dickey's signature floater was fluttering from the get-go. His first pitch of the game eluded catcher Mike Nickeas and went to the backstop, and his second pitch sent a swinging Rollins to his knees.
Rollins eventually struck out, but reached on Nickeas' passed ball. Dickey made a wild toss on his fourth pickoff try to first base and Rollins later scored on Chase Utley's sacrifice fly.
Rollins hit a drive over right fielder Scott Hairston's outstretched glove at the top of the wall in the fifth and pulled into third base with an apparent triple. After a brief look at the replay, the umpires waved him to the plate. Rollins has 21 home runs this year, six this month.
Brown led off the seventh with his fourth home run. He tripled earlier.
The Mets nicked Lee in the fifth. Nickeas put down a perfect bunt on the first pitch and the backup catcher hustled for a single. Dickey sacrificed and Daniel Murphy blooped a two-out single for a run.
That was all for Dickey and the Mets.
"You feel for him, because all he's done is given himself a chance to win a baseball game," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We'll go back at the end of the year and recount the number of games where he didn't get a decision, or he's allowed us an opportunity to win, and hopefully it doesn't get back to bite him too bad."
|Scott Hairston leaps for Jimmy Rollins' deep fly, which hits the bullpen roof beyond the fence for a home run in the fifth. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||3||2||1||1||1||2||0||.253|
|John Mayberry Jr., CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.258|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||0||2||1||0||1||0||.259|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.225|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.331|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.239|
|Domonic Brown, LF||4||1||2||1||0||2||1||.246|
|Kevin Frandsen, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.336|
|Cliff Lee, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.169|
|Jonathan Papelbon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|3B - Domonic Brown (1, Dickey)|
|HR - Jimmy Rollins (21, Dickey), Domonic Brown (4, Dickey)|
|SF - Chase Utley (4)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins (62), Chase Utley (34), Domonic Brown (21)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Cliff Lee (W,6-7)||8||7||1||1||1||10||0||3.27|
|Jonathan Papelbon (S,35)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.40|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 111-79, Jonathan Papelbon 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 6-8|
|Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 32, Jonathan Papelbon 3|
|New York Mets|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.285|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||2||3||.294|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.310|
|Scott Hairston, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.260|
|Lucas Duda, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.246|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.154|
|a- Jordany Valdespin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Andres Torres, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.223|
|b- Mike Baxter, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Mike Nickeas, C||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.181|
|c- Ronny Cedeno, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Robert Carson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Edgin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Ike Davis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.223|
|R.A. Dickey, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.159|
|e- Kelly Shoppach, PH-C||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|a-fouled out for Bay in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Torres in the 9th|
|c-popped out for Nickeas in the 7th|
|d-struck out for Ramirez in the 9th|
|e-singled for Dickey in the 7th|
|2B - Lucas Duda (15, Lee)|
|SH - R.A. Dickey (10)|
|RBI - Daniel Murphy (60)|
|2-OUT RBI - Daniel Murphy (33)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Wright-Tejada-Duda|
|PB - Mike Nickeas (8)|
|E - R.A. Dickey (4, Throwing)|
|New York Mets|
|R.A. Dickey (L,18-6)||7||5||3||2||2||8||2||2.67|
|IBB - Frandsen by R.A. Dickey|
|Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 112-70, Robert Carson 14-8, Josh Edgin 11-7, Ramon Ramirez 4-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 6-8, Robert Carson 2-0|
|Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 29, Robert Carson 3, Josh Edgin 2, Ramon Ramirez 1|
|Attendance - 20527|
|Game Time - 2:38|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|