After eight innings, R.A. Dickey was only getting better as the game went on.
He’d only thrown 97 pitches and had retired his last 13 batters. He told New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel that he wanted to finish the job, too.
“I was unsuccessful,” Dickey said.
It was about the only thing Dickey couldn’t do Wednesday night, baffling the Tigers for eight innings with his knuckleball before Francisco Rodriguez came on to get some much-needed work and finish off the Mets’ 5-0 victory against Detroit.
The Mets got an early solo home run from Jose Reyes and an RBI double from David Wright to send them on their way to their 21st victory in 28 games, lifting them to 11 games above .500.