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Mets defeat Pirates 6-5 as R.A. Dickey gets win number 20

The Pirates played their final road game of the 2012 season on Thursday, and despite going up early, they'd eventually lose the game 6-5 to the Mets. The full box score can be found here.

The Pirates got to Mets starting hurler R.A. Dickey early, knocking in a pair of runs in the second inning to go up 2-0. Ike Davis would homer for the Mets in the bottom of the frame, and after Scott Hairston grounded out, Travis Snider made one of the plays of the season in the outfield. Mike Baxter would send a Kevin Correia offering well over the fence in right field, but Travis Snider climbed the wall and made an absolutely beautiful catch to keep the game at 2-1.

The Pirates would make it 3-1 wen Rod Barajas hit his 11th home run of the season in the fourth inning, but Correia would give up four runs in the bottom of the fifth as R.A. Dickey moved into position to record his 20th win of the season. The Pirates would get nothing further off of the knuckleballer, as he struck out 13 Pirates on the day.

The Pirates would rally to make it 6-5 in the ninth when Alex Presley hit his 10th home run of the year off of Jon Rauch, but they'd be unable to get anything more as Bobby Parnell came in for the Mets to seal the win.

Beyond the result, Pirates fans have a bit of an injury concern. Andrew McCutchen had to leave the game with a left knee injury after slamming the knee into the ground trying to catch a ball in the seventh inning. McCutchen told the media he'll be "good to go" for tomorrow after the game:

The Pirates will return to Pittsburgh on Friday for their final six games of the season. They'll have a three-game set with the Reds over the weekend before concluding their season when Chipper Jones and the Braves come to town.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.