MLB: New York Mets 3, Houston 1

Aug. 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- R.A. Dickey twirled seven strong innings en route to his 16th victory Saturday and the New York Mets snapped a six-game skid with a 3-1 victory over Houston.

Dickey (16-4) surrendered five hits, issued only one walk and struck out two -- becoming the Mets' first 16-game winner since Johan Santana in 2008 -- and singled home a run in the victory.

Jon Rauch and Josh Edgin combined for a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Frank Francisco notched his 21st save as the Mets logged their first win since a 2-0 decision over Washington Sunday.

Justin Turner socked a solo homer and Jason Bay also knocked in a run for New York.

Fernando Abad (0-1) started for Houston and allowed one run over four innings, absorbing the loss.

The hapless Astros lost for the 44th time in 52 contests.

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