R.A. Dickey is on a monster roll.
The knuckleballer/author/mountain climber dispatched the Nationals with authority on Thursday, and extended his scoreless streak to 24.2 innings.
The Mets looked destined for yet another shutout, but Frank Francisco reminded people that closers are supposed to be dramatic, and coughed up a home run Ryan Zimmerman to start the ninth.
He somehow managed to get out of that mess, and allowed Dickey to secure his MLB-leading ninth win. Can you say All-Star Game?
Lucas Duda kicked out a two-run bomb to take care of the Mets' offensive needs, given that the rest of the team has been slumping away their time in The District.
And, yes, Daniel Murphy, we’re pointing at you. And he really needs to hit to make up for his recent adventures with leather. Murph finally kicked it in gear today, going 2 for 5 and driving in the Mets’ other run of the day.
This series-salvaging win allows us to hoist the Victory Flag as we head into the weekend.