Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/12

PHOENIX - The only knuckleballer in the National League is also its only 14-game winner.

Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey gave up one unearned run and four hits in seven innings in a 5-1 victory over Arizona on Sunday, recovering nicely after having a streak of 11 consecutive winning decisions broken by Washington last Tuesday.

"I had, surprisingly, a pretty good knuckler from the beginning. I kept telling myself to stick with it," Dickey said.

"He was the R.A. Dickey we saw in the first half," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Dickey (14-2) struck out eight, extending his career season-high in strikeouts to 147, while tying Tampa Bay left-hander David Price for the most victories in the major leagues.

Dickey has won both his starts against Arizona this season, giving up one earned run and eight hits in 15 innings.

"He's 14-2, and it's not by mistake. He totally shut us down. The ball moves around a lot. It's in the zone and it moves out, and you swing at bad pitches as well. There's nobody else who throws it. It's a tough task for anybody," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.

Mets right field Scott Hairston had two hits and two RBIs. Hairston, who broke into the majors with the Diamondbacks in 2004 and makes his offseason home in suburban Phoenix, was 5-for-10 with three doubles and five RBIs to help the Mets split the four-game series. He has also been the subject of trade rumors

"I try, but it is hard to ignore them," Hairston said of the trade talk. "Once I get to the ballpark, I just focus on doing my job."

Andres Torres had two singles and scored two runs, and Daniel Murphy had two hits and drove in a run. Josh Thole had an RBI-double.

Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had two singles and a walk, driving in the D-backs' only run with a two-out single in the sixth inning that made it 4-1.

"You try to get a pitch that looks like it's going to be in the zone, but sometimes you swing and the ball ends up somewhere you didn't think. He throws a slow one, a fast one. He mixes his fastball in there. You just have to try to battle," Goldschmidt said.

The D-backs (51-51) won seven of 10 games on their homestand before starting a 10-game road trip against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadlephia and Pittsburgh.

The Mets (49-52) have lost eight of 10 and are 3-13 since the All-star break.

Murphy singled with one out in the first inning and scored on David Wright's double to right-center field. Hairston followed with a looping double down the right-field line for a 2-0 lead.

Wright walked and stole second base before Hairston grounded a run-scoring single into left field to make it 3-0 in the fifth.

Murphy doubled in Torres in the sixth, after Torres led off with a walk and moved on up on a groundout and Ruben Tejada's two-out infield single. The Mets have scored 202 runs with two outs this season, the most in the majors.

The D-backs scored an unearned run in the sixth, after Aaron Hill reached on an infield single and took second when shortstop Tejada's throw went into the Mets' dugout. Hill took third on a passed ball and scored on Goldschmidt's single to center.

Thole doubled in a Mets run in the eighth.

Arizona catcher Miguel Montero reached base three times, on two walks and a hit batsman. Montero has reached base safely on 16 of his last 23 plate appearances, with nine hits, five walks and two hit batsmen

Diamondbacks left-hander Joe Saunders (5-7) gave up four runs and had a streak of six consecutive quality starts broken.

NOTES: The Diamondbacks acquired third baseman Chris Johnson from Houston for Class AA Mobile players Marc Krauss and Bobby Borchering on Sunday morning. Johnson, who is hitting .279 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs this season, is to join the D-backs in Los Angeles on Monday, when they must make a corresponding roster move. Johnson was 4-for-11 with three doubles and two RBIs in the D-backs' three-game sweep at Chase Field last week. Borchering was the 16th player taken in the first round of the 2009 draft. ... Mets right-hander Matt Harvey will make his second career start Tuesday against Tim Lincecum in the second of a four-game series at San Francisco. Harvey made modern major league history by becoming the first pitcher to strike out at least 10 batters and get at least two hits himself in his debut, a 3-1 victory over Arizona on Friday. ... Mets first baseman Ike Davis, who Saturday became the ninth player in Mets history to hit three homers in a game, was 0-for-5. Davis has hit 15 homers since June 12, trailing only Arizona's Jason Kubel and Minnesota's Josh Willingham, who have 16. ... Davis was only the eighth player in major league history whose three homers accounted for all his team's runs, according to Elias. Arizona's Steve Finley was the previous most recent, hitting three in a 4-3 loss on April 28, 2004.

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