Rapid Reaction: Mets 9, Rays 1

June, 13, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: R.A. Dickey tossed a one-hitter and extended his scoreless streak to 32 2/3 innings to break Jerry Koosman’s franchise record before the streak ended in hard-luck fashion. And the Mets got production from Ike Davis and Mike Nickeas to beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-1, Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

Dickey surpassed the 31 2/3 straight scoreless innings by Koosman that had stood as the Mets record since 1973.

Dickey lost the scoreless streak in the ninth, when David Wright’s error, two passed balls and a groundout resulted in an unearned run.

The knuckleballer might have been bidding for the second no-hitter in franchise history, but Wright failed to barehand childhood friend B.J. Upton’s slow chopper in the first inning and Upton was awarded a two-out infield single.

Dickey also owns the longest scoreless streak in the majors this season, topping the 24 2/3 innings tossed by Washington’s Gio Gonzalez.

Dickey last had surrendered a run in the sixth inning at Pittsburgh on May 22, on a sacrifice fly by Andrew McCutchen.

He became MLB’s first 10-game winner. The last time the Mets had a double-digit winner through the team’s first 63 games: Bobby Jones in 1990. (St. Louis’ Lance Lynn, who entered the day with nine wins, is facing the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.)

Dickey struck out 12, setting a career high.

IKE! Terry Collins started Davis for only the second time in the last eight games the Mets faced a left-handed starter. And Davis continued to show signs he is breaking out of a season-long rut.

Facing David Price in his first plate appearance, Davis turned an 0-2 count into a walk. Davis then doubled and came home on Nickeas’ single in the fifth to open the scoring. He also singled in a four-run sixth that chased Price. Davis, who went 2-for-3, has upped his average to .181.

NO SKIDDING: Jason Bay snapped an 0-for-18 drought since returning from the DL with a sixth-inning single. Nickeas snapped 0-for-14 and 2-for-39 skids with the single that scored Davis. Meanwhile, Andres Torres halted an 0-for-11 skid with a game-opening single.

WHAT’S NEXT: Johan Santana (3-3, 2.96) tries to right himself after his letdown in the Bronx when the Mets go for the sweep in a 1:10 p.m. matinee Thursday. Santana opposes right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.65). Collins continued to blame himself Wednesday afternoon for giving Santana two extra days of rest after the no-hitter and taking the southpaw out of his rhythm.

Daniel Murphy is scheduled to get the series finale off, according to Collins.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
9 4.03 100 134
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .287
HRL. Duda 15
RBID. Wright 51
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .840
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112