Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
NEW YORK -- R.A. Dickey didn't feel at his best nor did he have his best pitch, intimidating developments on their own for most pitchers. But with Dickey's only go-to pitch being a knuckleball, and the fact that his New York Mets teammates have struggled to hit during a six-game losing streak, it would have been easy for Dickey to quickly grow unsettled. Instead, the oft-philosophical Mets ace embraced the challenge, surviving seven one-run innings and even adding an RBI infield hit to give the Mets a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday at Citi Field. Dickey earned his 16th win of the season, aided by Justin Turner's first homer of the year, some important double plays and a rare overturned balk call, by umpiring crew chief Tom Hallion. Jason Bay also added a late -- and rare -- RBI single in the eighth while three Mets relievers pitched two scoreless innings after Dickey told manager Terry Collins he was "run down." Frank Francisco earned his 21st save of the season...
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