NEW YORK -- A day after Johan Santana made Mets history, R.A. Dickey baffled the St. Louis Cardinals in his own way.
The knuckleballer followed up Santana's no-hitter by shutting out St. Louis, David Wright homered and the New York Mets beat the Cardinals, 5-0, on Saturday.
"It's no easy chore to follow Johan," Dickey said, "I went to bed reminding myself to bring what I bring and be myself."
What he brought was a fluttering knuckler that he could throw at speeds from 59 to 80 mph, causing mostly swings and misses, or softly hit balls that found gloves.
Dickey (8-1) gave up seven hits, struck out nine and walked none in his third career shutout and first since 2010. The Mets scored three runs in the second, on a mishandled grounder and two run-scoring groundouts to win for the sixth time in eight games and tie Miami for second place in the NL East, a game behind Washington.
"I think what's awesome about it is we don't have to explain it. It's organic," Dickey said. "We have sustained a level of competition in the midst of a lot of injuries."
The Mets had two more players hurt Saturday. Outfielder Mike Baxter and reliever Ramon Ramirez were going on the 15-day disabled list with injuries they sustained during -- or after -- Friday night's game. Baxter displaced his right collarbone where it meets his sternum and tore cartilage on the right side of his ribcage after plowing into the wall just after making a catch to sustain Santana's no-hitter. He hit the wall with his left side, and originally thought he had hurt his left shoulder.
"I knew I got it good," said Baxter, who is expected to miss around six weeks.
Ramirez strained his right hamstring while running onto the field with teammates to mob Santana after he finished the first no-hitter in Mets history.
Carlos Beltran got the Cardinals' first hit of the series, a clean double against Dickey in the second inning -- a day after he hit a shot down the line that looked fair but was ruled foul against Santana. The Cardinals have lost four straight and seven of nine.
"It's hard to string them together when it's dancing and he is in the zone," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Knuckleball is not an easy pitch to bunt, hit, or hit to the opposite field. You have to put together a good swing at what you see in the zone."
Citi Field brimmed with happy energy on a breezy, sunny day the day after Santana pitched the first no-hitter in more than 50 years of team history. T-shirts with the phrase "No-Han" commemorating Santana's feat were advertised on sale during the seventh inning stretch.
"That's how you're going to be successful," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It starts with pitching and it will always be pitching, and when those two guys go out there, we think we've got a chance to win.
Cardinals starter Lance Lynn allowed five hits and two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, leaving with the score 3-0 and runners on second and third. Lynn (8-2) walked four and struck out three, losing for the second time in four decisions after a 6-0 start.