The Mets will leave Florida 2-1 after taking the rubber-match of the three game series. The offense scored early and took advantage of the multiple Marlins’ mistakes, as Florida committed 3 errors in the game. R.A. Dickey pitched efficiently, going six innings without allowing a run to earn his first win of the season.

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey throws against the Florida Marlins in the first inning during a baseball game in Miami, Sunday, April 3, 2011.

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Recap:

Dickey danced for 6 innings, as his knuckleball was rather effective. He struck out seven and allowed five hits and three walks to go along with one unearned run. The offense took advantage of both their opportunities and the Marlins’ mistakes, scoring three in the first, and putting a stranglehold on the game by adding another four runs in the 3rd.

New York was patient at the plate today, accruing nine walks, three by Angel Pagan and two by David Wright. Ike Davis and Willie Harris both homered for the good guys, each their first of the season.

After the Mets went up 7-0, the game was put on cruise control, as the Mets made their way to 2-1 on the young season.

Keys to the game:

9 Walks: The Mets’ hitters were patient, putting runners on base and forcing Florida pitchers to work from the stretch.

R.A.: Dickey picked up where he left off last season. His knuckleball danced, and he avoided the big innings. I enjoy watching Dickey pitch.

Up Next:

The Mets have Monday off before heading to Philadelphia to face the defending NL East champion Phillies. Game time 7:05.