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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 63 - Mets at Rays - Dickey Knuckles up and fires a one hitter

Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

N.Y. Mets (34-29) «0000340029141
Tampa Bay (35-27)000000001110

W: R. Dickey (10-1) L: D. Price (8-4)
HR: NYM - None   TB - None

R.A. Dickey fired a complete game one- hitter and struck out a career-high 12 batters Wednesday as the Mets dominated the Rays, 9-1, in the middle portion of a three-game set at Tropicana Field.

Dickey (10-1) set a Mets franchise-record for consecutive scoreless innings with 32 2/3 blank frames before the Rays plated a run in the ninth thanks to an error and pair of passed balls. Jerry Koosman set the previous record of 31 2/3 scoreless frames back in 1973.

The knuckleballer didn't allow a walk and the only hit he surrendered was B.J. Upton's infield single with two outs in the first. Dickey became the first pitcher in the majors to reach the 10-win plateau.

"We were two plays from a perfect game," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "I've seen a lot of games, but I've never seen a perfecto."

Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Omar Quintanilla each knocked in a pair of runs for the Mets, who go for the series sweep in Thursday's finale.

David Price (8-4) absorbed the loss after giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks with eight strikeouts over five-plus innings. The Rays have now lost six of their last eight games at the Trop.

Ike Davis provided the first extra-base hit of the game with a one-out double in the fifth before Mike Nickeas plated the game's first run with a liner into center, scoring Davis from second and giving the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Andres Torres stroked a double into the left-field corner two batters later and Murphy followed with a single through the right side of the infield to score Nickeas and Torres as the Mets pushed the lead to 3-0.

New York added to its lead in the sixth as Scott Hairston and Jason Bay smacked consecutive singles to start the frame before Vinny Rottino clubbed a double into the right-field corner to plate Hairston from second.

Davis then bounced a single over Carlos Pena's glove at first, allowing Bay to score and marking the end of Price's day.

An infield single from Nickeas then loaded the bases before Quintanilla plated a pair with a liner into center to extend the margin to 7-0.

In the ninth, back-to-back doubles from Murphy and Wright pushed the lead to 9-0 as Wright plated Murphy and Torres, who reached on a leadoff single.

Dickey had retired 22 straight Rays before Wright misplayed Elliot Johnson's grounder to third to start the ninth. Johnson moved to third on a pair of passed balls before scoring on a Desmond Jennings groundout to snap Dickey's scoreless innings streak.

"That was an unbelievable pitching performance," admitted Pena about Dickey's outing. "I tip my hat. That was outstanding and very tough to hit."

Game Notes

Dickey hasn't lost a game since April 18. He has struck out eight-plus batters in each of his last six starts...Price dropped to 4-2 in five starts at the Trop...The Mets went 7-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

Box Score:

Andres Torres CF523010001.221
Daniel Murphy 2B512210001.285
David Wright 3B401210011.350
Scott Hairston RF511000003.284
Jason Bay LF511000001.183
Vinny Rottino DH211110010.207
  Lucas Duda PH-DH100000011.264
Ike Davis 1B322110010.181
Mike Nickeas C412100001.155
Omar Quintanilla SS401200003.326
Desmond Jennings LF400100002.250
Carlos Pena 1B400000002.192
B.J. Upton CF301000002.287
Matt Joyce RF300000001.288
Hideki Matsui DH300000000.161
Sean Rodriguez 2B300000001.222
Jose Lobaton C300000002.242
Elliot Johnson SS310000001.263
Will Rhymes 3B300000001.232

E_D.Wright. LOB_NY Mets 6, Tampa Bay 1. 2B_A.Torres, D.Murphy, D.Wright, V.Rottino, I.Davis. SB_V.Rottino (3). CS_D.Wright. GIDP_A.Torres, M.Nickeas. DP_Tampa Bay 2 (S.Rodriguez, E.Johnson and C.Pena 2).

R.A. Dickey (W 10-1)9.01100120106-792.20
David Price (L 8-4)5.0977380109-653.01
Burke Badenhop1.020000012-103.33
Jake McGee1.000001014-91.69
Wade Davis1.000012017-102.12
J.P. Howell1.032201020-166.16

D.Price pitched to 4 batters in the 6th.

PB_M.Nickeas 2.
T_2:35. A_18496.
Umpires_Home,Lance Barrett; First, Laz Diaz; Second, Mike Everitt; Third, Paul Schrieber.

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