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WASHINGTON | R.A. Dickey didn’t lose his composure after he fell down fielding a bunt, and he remained calm when extracting himself of a bases-loaded jam the hit helped create. Yet the right-hander was still staring at his third no-decision of the season at Nationals Park.
Dickey wants to be part of the Mets‘ rotation for 2011, and New York manager Jerry Manuel said the knuckleball specialist took a big step in securing a spot with his cool approach when things got hairy.
Dickey (10-6) picked up his first victory in three starts this season at Washington. The right-hander yielded two runs on five hits over six innings and struck out one.
His 10 victories are a career high, one more than he posted for Texas in his 2003 rookie season.
“Double-digit wins in the big leagues … does have a different feel to it,” Dickey said with a smile.
“I don’t really get anxious about it because I know I’m capable of throwing one good knuckleball and getting out of it,” Dickey said. “So I keep telling myself that and sometimes it takes more than one good one, it takes a few good ones.
“I don’t get into panic mode like I did when I was younger.
With the score knotted at 2, Josh Thole led off the seventh by walking against Livan Hernandez (9-11) and moved to second on Ruben Tejada’s sacrifice bunt. After Lucas Duda was announced as a pinch hitter, Sean Burnett relieved and the Mets countered with Evans, who grounded a broken-bat double past the reach of first baseman Adam Dunn to score Thole.
“It’s good to finally get a knock and feel like you contributed, especially coming off a few pinch hits where I went up there and struck out,” Evans said.
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman was astonished that a right-handed hitter could maneuver a ball down the first-base line off an inside pitch from a lefty.
“You might see that two or three times a year,” Riggleman said.
Hisanori Takahashi worked the ninth for his fifth save in as many tries.
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