Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 4/14/12

The New York Mets took game one of this three game weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday evening at Citizen Bank Park:

R.A. Dickey started for the Mets, allowing one run over seven innings improving to 2-0 on the season:

R.A. knuckler was dancing Friday evening, but the biggest key to his performance — as he said following the game — was making pitches when he needed to:

I had a lot of base runners, that’s for sure.  I was joking with Josh. Actually there was a little bit of sincerity to it.  I think I’ve had two or three 1-2-3 innings in my first two games. I’ve had a lot of base runners. But, ultimately the games usually come down to four or five pitches.  First and third one out. Guys in scoring position and when you got to make a big pitch. Fortunately, tonight I was able to make that big pitch.”

LIGHTS OUT PEN: Bobby Parnell relieved Dickey in the eighth before handing the ball over to  Frank Francisco who pitched a scoreless ninth.  Francisco struck out three while allowing one hit during the frame though he did allow one un-earned run:

HEY BAY-BAY:  Jason Bay had quit a night.  He got things stared for the Mets with a two-run jack in the top of the first inning to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.  According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, “Bay’s last homer: Sept. 8, 2011, off Atlanta southpaw Mike Minor. Before going deep, Bay had a 17-start homerless drought — the 10th-longest streak of his career.”  Bay didn’t just do it with the bat, however, in the bottom half of the second inning, the Mets left fielder gunned John Mayberry Jr. trying to stretch out a single into a double. Bay spoke with Kevin Burkhardt shortly after the conclusion of tonight’s game, saying:

We’re facing tough pitching. It’s not an excuse it’s just whats happening. I’ve actually felt pretty good. … You get a little momentum and hope that all that work your putting in has paid off.”

ON-BASE MACHINE: Ruben Tejada got the game started with a double into the left field gap, before scoring the games first run when Daniel Murphy followed with a double of his own.  With his first inning double, Tejada extended his hitting streak to five games in which he has collected eight hits — five doubles– in 19 at-bats; improving his average to .320 and his on base percentage to an incredible .414:

Scott Hairston started versus the lefty Cliff Lee tonight and belted a solo shot in the fifth, extending the Mets lead to 4-1:

LETS TAKE TWO: The Mets continue their series with the Phillies tomorrow afternoon at 4:05 pm in Citizen Bank Park, as Jon Niese takes on Vance Worley.

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