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After pitching six innings in a 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Miami Marlins, Dickey revealed he has pitched since mid-April with a strained muscle on the right side of his abdomen. Following the operation, Dickey said, he expects to be ready for the start of spring training.
"The pain can be fairly significant from time to time," he said. "It's part of this game, playing with aches and scrapes and bruises and tears. It happened early this year, but we were able to work through it."
Dickey struck out one-shot wonder Adam Greenberg but also gave up two home runs in his final start of a Cy Young-hopeful season. He said the injury bothered him more than in earlier outings.
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"I just felt we would keep trucking through," he said. "I guess the timing is fortuitous in that the significant pain I'm feeling now I hadn't felt before. But tonight it was hard to catch my breath sometimes. It's obvious it needs to be taken care of."
Greenberg fanned on three pitches when he batted for the first time in seven years in the sixth inning. He signed a one-day contract before the game, his first since he was beaned in his major-league debut in 2005.
"I think the story far transcends the result of the at-bat," Dickey said. "It was important for me and him to treat him like a big-leaguer."
Dickey had beaten the Marlins in eight consecutive starts over the past two seasons, including five this year. He struck out eight to increase his NL-leading total to 230, and ended the season at 20-6 with an ERA of 2.73.
Dickey left trailing 3-0, and manager Terry Collins said he could tell the injury was a factor.
"It hasn't bothered him," Collins said. "Today he said it felt fine, then he aggravated it in the second inning. He said he still could go pitch.
"You could tell in the fifth he had a limp to his gait. He said, 'I'll give you as much as I can give you.' "
Solano struck out in his previous four at-bats.
New York scored three times after Bell entered the game with two outs in the eighth. David Wright hit an RBI single, a wild pitch scored another run and Scott Hairston followed with an infield single to drive in the tying run.
Bell, who has come to symbolize the Marlins' disappointing season, then departed to jeers from the crowd.
With the score 3-3, the Mets' Andres Torres tripled in the ninth. But Jordany Valdespin and Ruben Tejada struck out against Steve Cishek. New York loaded the bases in the 10th before Josh Thole struck out against Ryan Webb to end the threat.
Turner, one of the few bright spots for the underachieving Marlins, allowed only three hits and two walks and lowered his ERA to 3.38. He made seven starts after being acquired from Detroit in late July and is expected to contend for a spot in the rotation next year.
"He's throwing the ball well," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's got a shot to make the ballclub next year."
|Seven years after his major-league debut, Adam Greenberg finally gets an official at-bat, striking out vs. R.A. Dickey. (AP)|
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|Ruben Tejada, SS||6||0||0||0||0||1||2||.285|
|Collin McHugh, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B-1B||5||1||1||0||0||1||0||.293|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||1||1||1||0||0||.307|
|Ike Davis, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.225|
|Fred Lewis, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.150|
|Elvin Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Justin Hampson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Scott Hairston, RF-LF||5||0||4||1||0||0||0||.263|
|Lucas Duda, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.239|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mike Baxter, PH-RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.263|
|Josh Thole, C||5||0||0||0||0||2||5||.234|
|Andres Torres, CF||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||.230|
|R.A. Dickey, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.153|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jordany Valdespin, PH-RF^2B||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.242|
|a-walked for Parnell in the 10th|
|b-doubled for Acosta in the 8th|
|2B - Ike Davis (25, Webb), Jordany Valdespin (9, Turner)|
|3B - Andres Torres (7, Cishek)|
|RBI - David Wright (93), Scott Hairston (55)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Wright (34), Scott Hairston (14)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Davis-Tejada|
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|Collin McHugh (L,0-4)||0.1||2||1||1||2||1||0||7.59|
|IBB - Stanton by Collin McHugh, by Lee|
|Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 94-60, Manny Acosta 13-11, Bobby Parnell 25-16, Elvin Ramirez 3-3, Justin Hampson 10-4, Jon Rauch 4-3, Collin McHugh 15-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 4-5, Manny Acosta 1-1, Bobby Parnell 4-1|
|Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 24, Manny Acosta 4, Bobby Parnell 6, Elvin Ramirez 1, Justin Hampson 2, Jon Rauch 1, Collin McHugh 5|
|Bryan Petersen, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.191|
|a- Adam Greenberg, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Scott Cousins, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.165|
|b- Austin Kearns, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.245|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gorkys Hernandez, CF||5||1||1||1||0||2||1||.190|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||2||3||0||0||0||0||.287|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||4||0||2||0||1||1||1||.291|
|Carlos Lee, 1B||4||0||1||1||1||0||2||.265|
|Rob Brantly, C||5||1||1||1||0||1||6||.290|
|Donovan Solano, 2B||5||0||1||1||0||4||0||.294|
|Gil Velazquez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.241|
|Jacob Turner, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|A.J. Ramos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Greg Dobbs, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.286|
|a-struck out for Petersen in the 6th|
|b-walked for Cousins in the 10th|
|c-struck out for Webb in the 10th|
|3B - Jose Reyes (12, McHugh)|
|HR - Gorkys Hernandez (3, Dickey), Rob Brantly (3, Dickey)|
|SH - Jacob Turner (2)|
|RBI - Gorkys Hernandez (12), Carlos Lee (77), Rob Brantly (8), Donovan Solano (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (26)|
|SB - Austin Kearns (2, 2nd base off Rauch/Thole), Jose Reyes (39, 2nd base off Dickey/Thole)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Heath Bell (BS,8)||0||2||1||1||1||0||0||5.09|
|Chad Gaudin (W,4-2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.54|
|IBB - Torres by Jacob Turner|
|WP - Jacob Turner (5), Heath Bell (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 114-68, Mike Dunn 5-2, Heath Bell 17-10, A.J. Ramos 7-4, Steve Cishek 15-10, Ryan Webb 26-11, Chad Gaudin 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 8-11, Ryan Webb 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 28, Mike Dunn 1, Heath Bell 3, A.J. Ramos 1, Steve Cishek 4, Ryan Webb 6, Chad Gaudin 3|
|Attendance - 29709|
|Game Time - 3:30|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski|