Andrew McCutchen hit a tie-breaking double off R.A. Dickey in the 3rd inning to propel the Pirates to a win Saturday night.  Dickey took another hard-luck loss to fall to 3-7, while the Mets’ overall record drops to 31-33.

The Mets had their chances against James McDonald — they scratched out 8 hits and 3 walks against him.  However, he was able to hang on on for the win while only surrendering 2 runs.  The Mets jumped on the board first, when Daniel Murphy grounded into a fielder’s choice that drove in Ruben Tejada before the Bucs came to bat.  However, Pittsburgh answered back in the second ininng thanks to a Garrett Jones double that plated Neil Walker.  After McCutchen’s 2-run double in the 3rd inning (which should have been ruled an error), both sides’ bats were shut out (aside from Carlos Beltran’s RBI-infield single to bring the deficit to 3-2).

The Deciding Blow (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

3 Up:

-R. A. Dickey: Can the Mets’ bats support this guy?  He pitched another solid game — 8 innings of 3 run ball — yet has 7 losses, despite a sub-4.00 ERA.

-Jose Reyes: Another multi-hit game — 31 for the season.  He also scored a run.

-Ruben Tejada: Continues to impress with the bat — a 2-4 night with a walk and a run scored.

3 Down:

-Daniel Murphy: Despite driving in a run, he let McCutchen’s ground ball get by him to decide the game.

-Jason Bay: Broke out of an 0-24 slump during his return to Pittsburgh, but still struck out twice — including a big one to end the 5th inning, stranding 2 runners in scoring position.

-Late-Game Hitting: Once again, the opposing team’s bullpen shut down the Mets, with the Bucs’ pen tossing 3 shutout innings.

On Deck: The Mets look to take tomorrow’s game, with the first pitch at 1:35 PM.

NYM Capuano (4-6, 4.86 ERA) vs. PIT Correia (8-4, 3.64 ERA)