Phillies vs. Mets
R.A. Dickey and Cole Hamels locked up in a pitchers’ duel Friday night at Citi Field.Â Both pitchers went the distance, but the night belonged to Dickey as the Mets defeated the Phillies 1-0.
Dickey’s knuckleball baffled the Phillies hitters all night long, and as he cruised through five hitless innings, Mets fans wondered if this might be the first no-hitter in franchise history.Â Â But it was the opposing pitcher that spoiled that bid asÂ HamelsÂ hitÂ a clean single to right field with one out in the sixth inning.Â Â Meanwhile, Hamels kept the Mets off balance and off of the scoreboard.Â It looked like the Mets had taken a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when Mike Hessman hit a drive to left field that the umpires called a home run.Â However, after a lengthy replay review, the umps ruled fan interference on the play and placed Hessman on third base.Â Â Despite being on third with no outs, the Mets stranded Hessman and let a golden opportunity slip by.
In the sixth, the Mets finally broke through.Â With two outs and no one on base, David Wright and Carlos Beltran hit back-to-backÂ doubles to plate the game’s first – and only – run.Â Dickey (8-5) didn’t allow a base runner after Hamels’ single, finishing with seven strikeouts in his nine innings.Â Hamels (7-9) took the hard-luck loss for the Phils.
Braves vs. Dodgers
Pitching also stole the spotlight in Atlanta on Friday night as theÂ first place Braves defeated theÂ Dodgers by a score of 1-o.
The Braves’Â Tim Hudson and the Dodgers’Â Â Hiroki Kuroda matched zeroes for six innings.Â The game’s lone run came in the seventh, when Brooks Conrad, playing third base in place of the injured Chipper Jones, homered to center field off of Kuroda.Â Â
Hudson (14-5) allowed just 3 hits over eightÂ innings of work, striking out six.Â Kuroda (8-11) took the loss despite allowing just three hits in his seven innings.Â Braves’ closer Billy Wagner came on in the ninth and locked down his 29th save of the season.
Nationals vs. Diamondbacks
The Nationals scored early and let theirÂ pitching do the rest, as the Nats defeated the Diamondbacks 4-2 in Washington.
The Nationals scored three runs in the first off of Arizona starterÂ Joe Saunders (1-2), highlighted byÂ a Ryan Zimmerman two-run single.Â Â Wil Nieves extended Washington’s lead to 4-0 with a solo home run in the second.Â The D-Backs cut the Nats lead in half with two fifth inning runs off of starter John Lannan, but managed just one hit after that.Â Lannan (4-5) allowed just four hits over seven innings, striking out five.Â Â Sean Burnett pitched two perfect innings, striking out four, to pick up his second save on the season.
Marlins vs. Reds
The Reds roughed up Marlins’ ace Josh Johnson Friday nightÂ as they cruised to a 7-2 victory in Cincinnati.
The Reds jumped on Johnson in the first inning, scoring three runs courtesy of RBI singles by Joey Votto, Scott Rolen, andÂ Jay Bruce.Â Bruce later homered as the Reds built a 7-0 lead.Â Â The Marlins’ only offense came off of the bat of rookie Mike Stanton, who hit solo home runs in both the sixth and eighth innings.Â
Edinson Volquez (3-1) scattered eight hits over six innings of work, allowing just one run and striking out six.Â Johnson (10-5) lasted just 3.2 innings in the loss, allowing six runs and ten hits.