R.A. Dickey was concerned with only one number after befuddling another team with his knuckleball.
Dickey pitched a complete game for his 15th victory, stopping Jose Reyes' 26-game hitting streak in the process and helping the New York Mets end their nine-game home skid with a 6-1 win Thursday over the visiting Miami Marlins.
"That nine-game streak that was stopped today is more important than the 15 wins," said Dickey, who allowed five hits and struck out 10.
Dickey (15-3) turned in his third straight stellar outing -- he allowed only two earned runs combined in his previous two starts -- after going through a monthlong rough patch. He was 12-1 at the All-Star break but just 2-2 in six starts afterward. That leveling off coincided with the Mets' fall from the N.L. wild-card race.
Pitching in 89-degree heat, perfect weather for his fluttery pitch, Dickey threw his fourth complete game of the year and eighth of his career.
"He's got the feel for it back, again," manager Terry Collins said. "All I can tell you is I hope the next eight starts are like this one."
Collins was prepared to ride his ace down the stretch, pitching Dickey on three days' rest, but he said that is not a consideration since the Mets have gone from 46-40 at the break to 54-58 after Thursday's win.
Reyes went 0 for 4, twice stranding runners on third base, ending the longest hitting streak of his career and the best in the majors this season.
"Nothing close, nothing close," Reyes said.
Former Giant Andres Torres homered, tripled and doubled, and drove in the go-ahead run after Reyes lost a pop-up in the sun.
Astros: Houston has acquired infielder Tyler Greene from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Astros received Greene in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Greene made an error at second base on Wednesday that led to two runs for the Giants, who had a five-run sixth inning en route to a 15-0 win.
Indians: One day after snapping an 11-game losing streak, the Indians fired pitching coach Scott Radinsky. Ruben Niebla was named an interim replacement. Cleveland also put designated hitter Travis Hafner on the disabled list with a sore lower back and recalled infielder Jason Donald from Triple-A Columbus. The Indians were outscored 95-36 during the losing streak, leading to the coaching change.
Blue Jays: The Blue Jays have placed third baseman Brett Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list. Lawrie -- who has a possible rib cage injury -- is on the D.L. retroactive to Aug. 4.