NEW YORK -- The mystifying pitch R.A. Dickey throws like no one else when he is on was fluttering and darting enough Thursday to end one impressive streak by an ex-teammate and halt a demoralizing one for his current teammates.
It also has placed the pitcher who likes to stay "in the moment" in a place where his future could include a National League Cy Young award.
Dickey's complete-game victory over the Miami Marlins helped the New York Mets halt a nine-game home losing streak Thursday. The 6-1 win gave Dickey (15-3) a share of the major-league lead in wins with the Los Angeles Angels' Jered Weaver.
The latest feat came on a day when Dickey ended ex-Met Jose Reyes' 26-game hitting streak, the longest in the majors this season.
"No, ask me at the end of the season how significant it is," Dickey said of whether topping the major leagues in wins was important to him. "The nine-game streak that was stopped today is more important than the 15 wins."
The Mets backed Dickey with 13 hits, eight off Marlins starter Josh Johnson (7-8), who gave up three runs in six innings.
Andres Torres had three hits, including a home run and triple as well as three RBIs. David Wright, moved to the cleanup spot for the ninth time this season, had two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Josh Thole added a pair of RBI singles.
Reyes went 0-for-4 and also muffed a fly ball in the sun from his old friend, Wright, which led to the Mets' second run. Reyes' best chance for a hit came in his final at-bat, when he grounded a ball in the hole between first and second. First baseman Ike Davis threw to Dickey, who had enough of a head start on the speedy Reyes to beat him to the bag.
"Personally, it's over," Reyes said of the hit streak. "But I have to try to start a new one tomorrow. I have to give some credit to Dickey. He was unbelievable. It's not easy to face Dickey. I'll take 26 straight any day."
Justin Ruggiano hit his ninth homer of the season for the Marlins to provide their only run.
Along with Ruggiano's home run, the Marlins had just seven base runners for the game, two of which reached on a passed ball and a wild pitch after strikeouts. Miami was without right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who was given a scheduled day off for the day game following Wednesday's night game, when he had four hits and two homers.
Dickey allowed five hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out 10 in his fourth complete game of the season.
The knuckleballer continued to make a case for himself as a National League Cy Young award candidate, remaining among the league leaders in most major statistical pitching categories.
"Well, Dickey, he's had that type of year, this kid's gunning for a Cy Young award," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "(It's a) different knuckle ball than in the past ... It's harder. He shouldn't call it a knuckleball. He should call it something else, he should come up with his own name."
Despite racking up more accolades, including becoming the first Met since David Cone in 1992 to throw at least six double-digit strikeout games in a season, Dickey remained insistent he wouldn't focus on his chance to win a Cy Young.
Mets manager Terry Collins had said he might consider pitching Dickey on short rest later in the season, if it would help him reach 20 wins or improve his Cy Young candidate status, but Dickey said he didn't like the idea.
"I would not want to be on three days' rest purely to win games," Dickey said, adding he would consider it if the Mets somehow climbed back into playoff contention. "... I don't want to do it for the sake of doing it. I don't think that's the right way to do it."
Asked if the fallout from Reyes winning the batting title after sitting out following his first at-bat during last season's final game had anything to do with his thought process, Dickey said he would have thought the same way regardless.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second on Thole's RBI single to left, scoring Ike Davis, who had singled with one out.
The Marlins tied it in the fourth on Ruggiano's homer to left, but the Mets responded in the bottom of the inning. Wright hit a pop up into shallow left that Reyes, despite wearing sunglasses, lost in the sun. The ball deflected off Reyes' glove and fell and Wright was credited with a double. Two outs later, Torres gave the Mets a 2-1 lead with a double to right.
"It's embarrassing, of course, but that ball got right in the sun," Reyes said.
Torres added a two-out homer in the sixth to make it 3-1. Wright made it 4-1 in the seventh with an RBI single, and Torres' RBI triple and Thole's RBI single in the eighth capped the scoring.
NOTES: Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. ... Torres' triple was reviewed as Collins argued the ball was over the orange line in right for a home run, but the original call stood. ... Reyes said the right hand that has hampered him recently was "bothering him a little bit" but that he wasn't thinking about it. ... After saying Wednesday that Heath Bell had earned the chance to close games again, but he wasn't sure when he would use him in the role, Guillen used Bell in the seventh inning Thursday with Miami down 3-1. Bell allowed a run on three hits. ... Guillen said he hoped Marlins fans would not boo former Marlin Hanley Ramirez when he returned with the Dodgers this weekend. Guillen said Ramirez struggled playing for him this season, but did "anything you asked him to do."
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