Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/22/12

PITTSBURGH -- Whether R.A. Dickey was going to be credited with the win on a night when he clearly deserved one was in doubt when he left the game for a pinch-hitter to lead off the eighth inning.

However, Lucas Duda made sure Dickey was a winner as his two-out RBI single in the eighth snapped a 1-1 tie and powered the Mets to a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Dickey (6-1) struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings while allowing only one run and five hits with no walks. Dickey threw 67 of his 87 pitches for strikes while winning his fourth decision in a row.

The Mets' Mike Baxter doubled to deep center field with one in the eighth off Juan Cruz (1-1) as Andrew McCutchen was unable to hold on to the line drive while running toward the warning track. After Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked, .406-hitting David Wright struck out.

However, Duda singled off the glove of diving first baseman Casey McGehee with two outs to score Baxter with the winning run. The Mets added a run in the inning when third baseman Pedro Alvarez booted Daniel Murphy's ground ball.

The Pirates closed to 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth as McCutchen singled in a run on a ball that Murphy, the second baseman, dropped while trying to make a running catch in right field.

However, the Mets escaped further trouble and Frank Francisco pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities.

Pirates starter James McDonald also pitched well, giving up one run and four hits in seven innings while walking two and striking out eight.

Ronny Cedeno had two hits for the Mets, but Wright, who is leading the major leagues in hitting, was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

The Pirates' James Harrison had a double and a triple. He scored the Pirates' first run in the sixth inning when he tripled and scored on McCutchen's sacrifice fly to tie the score at 1-1.

The Mets were able to scratch out the game's first run off McDonald in the second inning. Mike Nickeas hit an RBI single with two outs after Murphy and Cedeno drew walks.

That turned out to be the Mets' lone early scoring threat as McDonald struck out seven in the first four innings.

Meanwhile, Mets knuckleballer Dickey baffled the Pirates in the early going, retiring 10 straight batters between the second and fifth innings.

NOTES: Mets SS Ruben Tejada, on the disabled list with a strained right quad, had four hits Tuesday in his first game at extended spring training at Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Mets remain hopeful Tejada will be ready to be activated sometime this weekend. ... Mets CF Andres Torres , who is in a 1-for-33 funk, did not start Tuesday as manager Terry Collins wanted to give him a mental break. Torres struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. ... Pirates RHP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) is expected to make his next rehab start for either Double-A Altoona or Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. He pitched three scoreless innings for Altoona on Tuesday night in his first outing since being injured in mid-April ... Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (2-2, 4.85) faces Charlie Morton (2-4, 4.35) in the series finale at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday.

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