Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/6/12

NEW YORK—Daniel Murphy continued his timely hitting from the fifth spot in the order with a two-run first inning single and starter R.A. Dickey pitched into the ninth inning as the New York Mets took a 3-1 win Sunday over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Mets manager Terry Collins, seeking more production from the middle of the order with both Lucas Duda and Ike Davis struggling at home, moved Murphy to the fifth spot Saturday, when Murphy went 4-for-4 in a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

Murphy picked up where he left off by lacing a two-out single in the first to score Andres Torres and David Wright in front of an announced crowd of 29,107 at Citi Field. The second baseman is hitting .375 (24-for-64) at Citi Field this season.

The Mets added their third run in the fourth when Davis drew a two-out walk, Ruben Tejada beat out an infield single and Josh Thole singled home Davis. Tejada was the only Met with multiple hits.

Dickey (4-1) was in control until he ran out of gas in the ninth, issuing a leadoff walk to Gerardo Parra and giving up an RBI double to Justin Upton. Dickey was pulled after 117 pitches in favor of Tim Byrdak, who retired Jason Kobel on a deep fly out to the left field wall. Frank Francisco recorded the final two outs for his seventh save.

Dickey flirted with the first no-hitter in Mets history by retiring the first 10 batters he faced before Parra hit a double down the left-field line. Dickey walked Kubel one out later but induced Paul Goldschmidt to fly out to end the threat. In the sixth, the Diamondbacks put runners at the corners with two outs before Dickey picked Parra off first.

Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill (2-3) took the loss after allowing the three runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts over seven innings. He retired the last nine batters he faced.

NOTES: Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada left the game after suffering a strained right quadriceps beating out an infield single in the fourth inning. Tejada seemed to pull up lame a step shy of the base and stumbled and fell face-first on to the bag. He remained on the ground for a couple minutes and walked off the field, though he had a small cut on his face. ... The Mets have not thrown a no-hitter in 7,996 regular-season games. Game no. 8,000 is scheduled for Friday night when ace Johan Santana takes on the Marlins in Miami ... Parra celebrated his 25th birthday and was the only Diamondbacks player with two hits. ... Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said he thought back to the 1988 National League Championship series, when Gibson and the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Mets in seven games, while signing autographs for Mets fans this weekend. "I had a reflection of when I snapped my hamstring in the playoffs and everybody gave me a standing ovation because I was hurt now," Gibson said. "Now all of a sudden they want my autograph. I said 'I remember your parents used to boo me.' " That hamstring injury suffered limited Gibson to just one at-bat in the World Series -- his famous pinch-hit, game-winning home run off Dennis Eckersley in Game One on October 15.

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