Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/9/12

NEW YORK -- A surprising first half has given way to a disappointing second half for the New York Mets as a whole, but starter R.A. Dickey has regained the form that made him a first-time All-Star.

Dickey's complete-game victory over the Marlins helped the 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, tying the Los Angeles Angels' Jered Weaver.

After the Mets acknowledged they haven't been hitting or pitching of late on Wednesday night, they did both Thursday. They 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 homer and triple as well as three RBIs. David Wright, moved to the cleanup spot for the ninth time this season, had two hits, a RBI and a run scored. Josh Thole added a pair of RBI singles.

Former Met Jose Reyes went 0-for-4, ending his 26-game hitting streak. 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.

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.

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 doubled to lead off the inning, when his fly to shallow left was deflected off Reyes' glove. Two outs later, Torres gave the Mets the timely hit they said they've been lacking recently, smacking a double into the right-field corner for a 2-1 lead.

Torres followed that up with a two-out homer to right in the sixth off for a 3-1 lead. The Mets added a run with three straight two-out hits in the seventh against reliever Heath Bell, with Wright's RBI single making it 4-1.

Dickey cruised in the final four innings, facing the minimum number of batters, with a pair of double plays erasing runners who reached on a single and wild pitch on a strikeout.

The Mets added two runs in the eighth when Jordany Valdespin reached on an error and Torres tripled him in. The play was reviewed as Mets manager Terry Collins argued the ball was over the orange line in right for a home run, but the original call stood. Thole then singled in Torres for a 6-1 lead.

NOTES: Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with a single in the third. He added a single in the fifth. ... 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, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen used Bell in the seventh inning Thursday with Miami down 3-1. Bell allowed a run on three hits.

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