NEW YORK - Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey won his third straight start and the New York Mets improved their impressive record at Citi Field, beating the Florida Marlins, 4-3, on Friday night.

After the Mets fought back from a three-run deficit, Francisco Rodriguez retired slugger Hanley Ramirez with runners at second and third for his 11th save in 14 chances.

Ramirez hit a chopper up the third-base line, and David Wright bounced an off-balance throw to first that easily beat Ramirez for the final out.

Mets reliever Elmer Dessens retired Ramirez on a foul out to end the seventh with runners at the corners.

Ruben Tejada provided an immediate offensive spark after coming up from the minors, and Dickey delivered two hits and an RBI, pushing the Mets to 20-9 at home with their sixth consecutive victory here.

Florida 012 000 000 – 3 9 1

New York 002 002 00x – 4 9 1

Florida AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      New York AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Coghlan lf 5   1   3   0   .257      Jos.Reyes ss 2   0   1   0   .250

G.Sanchez 1b 4   0   1   0   .271      Pagan cf 4   0   0   0   .286

1-Barden pr 0   0   0   0   .250      Bay lf 4   0   2   1   .299

H.Ramirez ss 5   0   1   1   .292      I.Davis 1b 4   0   0   0   .248

Cantu 3b 3   0   1   0   .286      D.Wright 3b 2   1   0   0   .264

Uggla 2b 4   0   0   0   .265      Barajas c 4   1   1   0   .268

C.Ross rf 4   1   1   0   .298      Francoeur rf 4   0   2   1   .258

Maybin cf 4   0   1   1   .227      R.Tejada 2b 4   1   1   1   .200

Hayes c 3   0   0   0   .211      Dickey p 3   1   2   1   .375

c-Helms ph 1   0   0   0   .281      Feliciano p 0   0   0   0   ---

Ani.Sanchez p 1   1   1   0   .250      Dessens p 0   0   0   0   ---

Tankersley p 0   0   0   0   ---      b-Carter ph 1   0   0   0   .250

a-Lamb ph 0   0   0   0   .208      F.Rodriguez p 0   0   0   0   ---

T.Wood p 0   0   0   0   ---      Totals 32   4   9   4      

d-R.Paulino ph 1   0   0   0   .304

Totals 35   3   9   2      

a-walked for Tankersley in the 7th. b-popped out for Dessens in the 8th. c-struck out for Hayes in the 9th. d-grounded out for T.Wood in the 9th.1-ran for G.Sanchez in the 9th. E: Cantu (7), I.Davis (4). LOB: Florida 9, New York 8. 2B: H.Ramirez (12), Bay (14), Barajas (9), R.Tejada (1). 3B: C.Ross (2). RBIs: H.Ramirez (29), Maybin (19), Bay (24), Francoeur (29), R.Tejada (1), Dickey (2). SB: H.Ramirez (8), Maybin (6), Jos.Reyes (14). RLSP: Florida 6 (Hayes, Cantu 2, H.Ramirez 3); New York 5 (I.Davis 2, Bay, Pagan 2). GIDP: Pagan, Francoeur. DP: Florida 2 (Cantu, Uggla, G.Sanchez), (Uggla, H.Ramirez, G.Sanchez).

Florida walks (3): G.Sanchez, Ani.Sanchez, Lamb.

New York walks (4): Jos.Reyes 2, D.Wright 2.

Florida strikeouts (6): Coghlan 2, Maybin 2, Hayes, Helms.

New York strikeouts (2): I.Davis, Barajas.

Florida IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Ani.Sanchez (L 5-3) 52/3   9   4   4   4   2   103   3.18

Tankersley 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   2   3.86

T.Wood 2   0   0   0   0   0   15   4.50

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Dickey (W 3-0) 61/3   7   3   3   2   4   104   3.20

Feliciano (H 7) 1/3   1   0   0   0   0   5   2.14

Dessens (H 3) 11/3   0   0   0   0   1   18   1.59

F.Rodriguez (S 11-14) 1   1   0   0   1   1   21   2.15

IR-S: Tankersley 3-0, Feliciano 1-0, Dessens 2-0. HBP: by Dessens (Cantu). WP: F.Rodriguez. PB: Hayes. Umpires: Home, Brian Runge; First, Mike Winters; Second, Hunter Wendelstedt; Third, Mike Estabrook.

T: 2:45. A: 30,042 (41,800).

Astros 3, Cubs 1

HOUSTON - Felipe Paulino struck out seven in eight effective innings, outpitching Carlos Zambrano and helping Houston beat Chicago for its fourth straight win.

Michael Bourn had three hits and scored twice as the Astros finally provided enough offense to get Paulino his first win. Houston was averaging 1.97 runs in games started by Paulino (1-7) this season.

Chicago 000 010 000 – 1 5 0

Houston 100 020 00x – 3 9 0

Chicago AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Houston AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Byrd cf 4   0   2   1   .302      Bourn cf 4   2   3   0   .281

Theriot 2b 4   0   0   0   .280      Keppinger 2b 4   1   1   1   .299

D.Lee 1b 3   0   1   0   .234      Berkman 1b 4   0   3   2   .260

Ar.Ramirez 3b 4   0   0   0   .158      Ca.Lee lf 2   0   1   0   .216

Marmol p 0   0   0   0   ---      Sullivan rf 1   0   0   0   .184

Fukudome rf 4   0   0   0   .285      a-Pence ph-rf 1   0   0   0   .275

A.Soriano lf 4   0   1   0   .298      Blum ss 3   0   0   0   .245

Soto c 3   0   0   0   .254      P.Feliz 3b 4   0   1   0   .223

d-Nady ph 1   0   0   0   .260      Quintero c 4   0   0   0   .224

S.Castro ss 2   1   1   0   .301      F.Paulino p 3   0   0   0   .333

Zambrano p 1   0   0   0   .000      c-Michaels ph 1   0   0   0   .191

Gorzelanny p 0   0   0   0   .176      Lindstrom p 0   0   0   0   ---

Stevens p 0   0   0   0   ---      Totals 31   3   9   3      

b-Fontenot ph 1   0   0   0   .310

Cashner p 0   0   0   0   ---

Howry p 0   0   0   0   ---

Je.Baker 3b 0   0   0   0   .211

Totals 31   1   5   1      

a-walked for Sullivan in the 5th. b-flied out for Stevens in the 7th. c-grounded out for F.Paulino in the 8th. d-struck out for Soto in the 9th. LOB: Chicago 6, Houston 9. 2B: Byrd 2 (18), A.Soriano (17), Bourn (12), Berkman (9), Ca.Lee (8). 3B: P.Feliz (1). RBIs: Byrd (28), Keppinger (19), Berkman 2 (25). SB: Bourn (18), Berkman (1). S: Zambrano. RLSP: Chicago 4 (Ar.Ramirez 2, D.Lee, Soto); Houston 7 (P.Feliz 4, Keppinger, Pence, Michaels). RA: Keppinger. GIDP: Sullivan. DP: Chicago 1 (S.Castro, Theriot, D.Lee).

Chicago walks (2): D.Lee, S.Castro.

Houston walks (5): Ca.Lee 2, Sullivan, Pence, Blum.

Chicago strikeouts (8): D.Lee 2, Fukudome, A.Soriano, Soto 2, Nady, S.Castro.

Houston strikeouts (7): Ca.Lee, Blum, Quintero 2, F.Paulino 3.

Chicago IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Zambrano (L 1-4) 41/3   6   3   3   3   3   84   6.14

Gorzelanny 1/3   1   0   0   2   1   14   3.63

Stevens 11/3   0   0   0   0   1   16   0.00

Cashner 1   1   0   0   0   1   18   0.00

Howry 1/3   1   0   0   0   0   9   8.35

Marmol 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   6   1.40

Houston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

F.Paulino (W 1-7) 8   5   1   1   2   7   120   4.01

Lindstrom (S 12-15) 1   0   0   0   0   1   8   3.33

IR-S: Gorzelanny 1-1, Stevens 3-0, Marmol 1-0. IBB: off Gorzelanny (Ca.Lee), off F.Paulino (D.Lee). Umpires: Home, Bill Miller; First, Chad Fairchild; Second, Alan Porter; Third, Eric Cooper.

T: 2:30. A: 28,784 (40,976).

Nationals 4, Reds 2

WASHINGTON - Ian Desmond's RBI single broke a seventh-inning tie, the key hit in a rally that led to Washington's win over Cincinnati - a rally that ended with a wild sacrifice-fly double-play and Desmond's ejection.

After Desmond was ruled safe at third on a bad throw, crew chief Joe West overturned the call and then ejected him when he tossed his helmet.

Cincinnati 010 010 000 – 2 12 1

Washington 011 000 20x – 4 12 1

Cincinnati AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Washington AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

O.Cabrera ss 5   1   1   0   .265      C.Guzman 2b 5   0   2   1   .315

B.Phillips 2b 5   0   3   1   .288      Morgan cf 4   0   1   0   .258

Votto 1b 5   0   1   0   .317      Zimmerman 3b 4   1   1   0   .309

Rolen 3b 4   0   1   0   .288      A.Dunn 1b 5   0   2   0   .277

Bruce rf 3   0   1   0   .267      Capps p 0   0   0   0   .000

Gomes lf 4   0   1   0   .301      Willingham lf 4   1   1   0   .276

Stubbs cf 2   1   1   0   .236      Bernadina rf 3   1   1   1   .247

R.Hernandez c 4   0   2   1   .307      Desmond ss 4   1   2   1   .269

Harang p 1   0   0   0   .208      Gonzalez ss 0   0   0   0   .304

Owings p 1   0   0   0   .100      Nieves c 3   0   0   0   .195

D.Herrera p 0   0   0   0   ---      L.Hernandez p 1   0   1   0   .143

Del Rosario p 0   0   0   0   ---      a-Kennedy ph 1   0   1   0   .244

Rhodes p 0   0   0   0   ---      Clippard p 0   0   0   0   1.00

c-L.Nix ph 1   0   1   0   .235      b-W.Harris ph 0   0   0   1   .186

Totals 35   2   12   2         Storen p 0   0   0   0   1.00

Morse 1b 0   0   0   0   .300

Totals 34   4   12   4      

a-singled for L.Hernandez in the 6th. b-hit a sacrifice fly for Clippard in the 7th. c-singled for Rhodes in the 9th. E: Stubbs (3), Nieves (2). LOB: Cincinnati 11, Washington 12. 2B: Gomes (9), A.Dunn (17). RBIs: B.Phillips (19), R.Hernandez (14), C.Guzman (18), Bernadina (15), Desmond (29), W.Harris (18). SB: B.Phillips (8), Stubbs (12). CS: Bruce (2). S: Harang, Nieves. SF: W.Harris. RLSP: Cincinnati 5 (Bruce, O.Cabrera, Harang, Owings, Rolen); Washington 8 (Willingham 2, Morgan, Nieves 2, Zimmerman, A.Dunn 2). RA: Morgan, Desmond. GIDP: Votto, R.Hernandez. DP: Cincinnati 1 (Stubbs, Stubbs, Del Rosario, Rolen); Washington 2 (C.Guzman, Desmond, A.Dunn), (C.Guzman, Desmond, A.Dunn).

Cin walks (4): Rolen, Bruce, Stubbs 2. Was walks (4): Morgan, Zimmerman, Bernadina, L.Hernandez. Cin strikeouts (7): O.Cabrera, Votto 2, Rolen, Bruce, R.Hernandez, Harang. Was strikeouts (6): Morgan, A.Dunn 2, Willingham, Nieves 2.

Cincinnati IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Harang 4   8   2   2   1   4   98   5.43

Owings 12/3   1   0   0   3   1   37   3.60

D.Herrera 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   1   2.93

Del Rosario (L 1-1) 12/3   3   2   0   0   0   26   1.93

Rhodes 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   5   0.39

Washington IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

L.Hernandez 6   8   2   2   4   3   111   2.22

Clippard (W 8-3) 1   1   0   0   0   2   11   1.72

Storen (H 2) 1   1   0   0   0   1   14   2.00

Capps (S 18-21) 1   2   0   0   0   1   16   2.70

IR-S: D.Herrera 3-0, Rhodes 1-0. WP: Harang. Balk: L.Hernandez. Umpires: Home, Dan Bellino; First, Joe West; Second, Angel Hernandez; Third, Paul Schrieber. T: 3:28. A: 33,774 (41,546).

Cardinals 8, Brewers 0

ST. LOUIS - Adam Wainwright threw a complete game and Colby Rasmus drilled a two-run homer to lead St. Louis over Milwaukee.

Wainwright (8-3), in his 98th career start, gave up two hits in the first complete-game shutout of his career. He struck out eight, walked one, and retired the last 18 hitters he faced after a leadoff walk to Prince Fielder in the fourth inning. Wainwright is 5-0 at home and has allowed just two earned runs in his last three starts covering 21 innings.

St. Louis won for the sixth time in eight games and broke a four-game home losing streak against the Brewers, who have won 13 of their last 17 at Busch Stadium.

Milwaukee lost for the fifth time in six games.

Milwaukee 000 000 000 – 0 2 0

St. Louis 002 002 13x – 8 9 0

Milwaukee AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      St. Louis AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Weeks 2b 4   0   1   0   .249      F.Lopez 2b 4   1   0   1   .271

Braun lf 4   0   0   0   .313      Ludwick rf 4   2   2   2   .296

Fielder 1b 3   0   0   0   .269      Pujols 1b 3   0   1   2   .318

McGehee 3b 3   0   0   0   .293      Holliday lf 4   0   1   1   .308

Edmonds cf-rf 3   0   0   0   .277      Freese 3b 3   1   1   0   .316

Hart rf 3   0   1   0   .257      Y.Molina c 4   0   0   0   .253

Suppan p 0   0   0   0   .200      Rasmus cf 3   2   2   2   .280

Kottaras c 3   0   0   0   .224      B.Ryan ss 4   1   2   0   .219

Wolf p 2   0   0   0   .276      Wainwright p 3   1   0   0   .091

Gomez cf 1   0   0   0   .264      Totals 32   8   9   8      

A.Escobar ss 3   0   0   0   .250

Totals 29   0   2   0      

LOB: Milwaukee 3, St. Louis 8. 2B: Weeks (9), Hart (7), Ludwick (15), Holliday (16), B.Ryan (8). HR: Rasmus (9), off Wolf. RBIs: F.Lopez (13), Ludwick 2 (29), Pujols 2 (41), Holliday (25), Rasmus 2 (25). S: Wainwright. SF: Pujols. RLSP: Milwaukee 2 (McGehee, Wolf); St. Louis 4 (Freese 2, Wainwright, Y.Molina). RA: Braun.

Milwaukee walks (1): Fielder.

St. Louis walks (5): F.Lopez, Ludwick, Pujols, Holliday, Rasmus.

Milwaukee strikeouts (8): Fielder 2, McGehee, Edmonds, Hart 2, Kottaras 2.

St. Louis strikeouts (5): Holliday, Freese 2, B.Ryan, Wainwright.

Milwaukee IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Wolf (L 4-5) 62/3   6   5   5   4   4   114   4.66

Suppan 11/3   3   3   3   1   1   43   7.84

St. Louis IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Wainwright (W 8-3) 9   2   0   0   1   8   103   2.05

IR-S: Suppan 1-0. IBB: off Wolf (Holliday). HBP: by Suppan (Freese). Umpires: Home, Mike Everitt; First, Todd Tichenor; Second, Andy Fletcher; Third, Tim McClelland.

T: 2:29. A: 43,261 (43,975).

Giants 6, Pirates 4

PITTSBURGH - Juan Uribe and Aubrey Huff each hit a two-run homer in a comeback sixth and San Francisco erased a four-run deficit to beat Pittsburgh.

The start of the game was delayed nearly three hours by rain. Eli Whiteside added a solo home run as the Giants went deep three times against Zach Duke (3-6), who waited through weather delays totaling 6 hours, 7 minutes over two nights to pitch, only to fail to hold a 4-0 lead.

Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez (4-4) gave up four unearned runs.

San Francisco 000 024 000 – 6 10 1

Pittsburgh 040 000 000 – 4 5 0

San Fran. AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Torres rf-lf 4   0   0   0   .278      A.McCutchen cf 4   1   1   2   .308

F.Sanchez 2b 4   1   3   0   .358      N.Walker 2b 4   0   2   1   .333

Sandoval 3b 4   0   0   0   .281      Milledge lf 4   0   0   0   .246

Uribe ss 4   1   2   2   .279      G.Jones rf 4   0   0   0   .260

Posey 1b 4   2   2   0   .478      Crosby 1b 3   0   0   0   .227

Ishkw 1b 0   0   0   0   .250      b-Clemnt ph-1b 1   0   0   0   .197

A.Huff lf 4   1   2   2   .302      Doumit c 3   1   0   0   .270

Br.Wilson p 0   0   0   0   .000      An.LaRoche 3b 4   1   2   0   .257

Rowand cf 4   0   0   0   .224      Cedeno ss 4   0   0   0   .244

Whiteside c 3   1   1   1   .293      Duke p 2   1   0   0   .053

J.Sanchez p 3   0   0   0   .118      Meek p 0   0   0   0   ---

S.Casilla p 0   0   0   0   ---      a-Iwamura ph 0   0   0   0   .172

Mota p 0   0   0   0   ---      Donnelly p 0   0   0   0   ---

Schierholtz rf 0   0   0   0   .278      Hanrahan p 0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 34   6   10   5         Totals 33   4   5   3      

a-walked for Meek in the 7th. b-grounded out for Crosby in the 8th. E: Posey (1). LOB: San Francisco 1, Pittsburgh 4. 2B: F.Sanchez (4), Posey (3), A.McCutchen (11). HR: Whiteside (4), off Duke; Uribe (8), off Duke; A.Huff (7), off Duke. RBIs: Uribe 2 (31), A.Huff 2 (25), Whiteside (9), A.McCutchen 2 (16), N.Walker (5). SB: N.Walker (1). RLSP: San Francisco 1 (Uribe); Pittsburgh 3 (Milledge, N.Walker 2). RA: A.McCutchen. GIDP: Sandoval, A.Huff, Rowand. DP: Pittsburgh 3 (N.Walker, Crosby), (N.Walker, Cedeno, Crosby), (Cedeno, N.Walker, Crosby).

Pittsburgh walks (2): Doumit, Iwamura. San Francisco strikeouts (8): Torres 2, Posey, Rowand, Whiteside, J.Sanchez 3. Pittsburgh strikeouts (8): N.Walker, Milledge 2, G.Jones, An.LaRoche, Cedeno 2, Duke.

San Francisco IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

J.Sanchez (W 4-4) 61/3   5   4   0   2   5   103   2.63

S.Casilla (H 1) 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   7   2.08

Mota (H 5) 1   0   0   0   0   0   9   1.37

Br.Wilson (S 14-15) 1   0   0   0   0   2   11   1.93

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Duke (L 3-6) 6   10   6   6   0   5   89   5.43

Meek 1   0   0   0   0   1   9   0.86

Donnelly 1   0   0   0   0   0   8   5.74

Hanrahan 1   0   0   0   0   2   10   5.16

IR-S: S.Casilla 2-0. Umpires: Home, Tim Welke; First, Jim Reynolds; Second, Bill Welke; Third, Mike DiMuro. T: 2:21. A: 17,817 (38,362).