Mets At Rays: Kirk Nieuwenhuis Hits Two HRs To Help Mets Sweep Rays

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Mets Vs. Rays Final Score: R.A. Dickey Pitches His Way Into Team History With 7-1 Win

New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey is the latest in a string of pitchers this season to enter the team's record book. Dickey pitched a one-hit gem Wednesday night, artfully extending his scoreless streak to 32 2/3 scoreless innings, a new team record. The knuckleballer and an offensive explosion powered the Mets to a 9-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Amazingly enough, Dickey's outing could have been better with just a little more support from the field. He gave up the only hit of the game in the first inning, an infield single by B.J. Upton that could have been an error on David Wright. The third baseman flubbed a bare-hand attempt with the speedy Upton running to first. Dickey went on to retire 22 hitters in a row before a ninth-inning throwing error by Wright allowed Elliot Johnson to reach first base. Two passed balls and a groundout ended the scoreless streak and gave the Rays a run.

Dickey struck out 12 batters, a career-best. He now has allowed just one earned run in his last five starts. Wednesday's game was his 10th win of the season, making him the first pitcher with double-digit wins.

Daniel Murphy, Wright and Omar Quintanilla each drove in a pair of runs, while Andres Torres had three hits.

The Mets can close out their series against the Rays with a sweep on Thursday afternoon. Johan Santana is on the mound, just two starts removed from his no-hitter.

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Mets Vs. Rays Final Score: New York Wins, 11-2, In Series Opener Tuesday

The New York Mets downed the Tampa Bay Rays, 11-2, Tuesday night Tropicana Field in the opening game of a three-game series. Chris Young (1-0) pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He only gave up two runs, both earned, for his first win of the season. The Rays went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

The Mets shook Rays starter Alex Cobb (2-3) for six runs, five earned, in 6 2/3 innings. Cobb gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out six.

Through six innings, the Mets held a 3-2 lead. Jordany Valdespin touched home on a throwing error in the first, and scored Omar Quintanilla and Kirk Nieuwenhuis on a single in the fifth.

The Mets then exploded for six runs in the seventh inning. With just one out to go until the eighth and no men on, Cobb walked Kirk Nieuwenhuis to set up an RBI single by Valdespin. The Mets then loaded the bases off a David Wright intentional walk and a Lucas Duda single off Rays reliever J.P. Howell. In the next two at-bats, Daniel Murphy hit a two-run single and Ike Davis hit a three-run home run to give the Mets a commanding 9-3 lead.

The Mets capped their scoring with two runs in the eighth inning. Valdespin grounded out to score Quintanilla and Duda hit his second single on the night to score Nieuwenhuis for a third time. Nieuwenhuis led the way at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a walk. Valdespin led the Mets with four RBIs.

Game 2 of the series is set for Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. R.A. Dickey (9-1, 2.44 ERA) will take on the Rays' David Price (8-3, 2.40) in what should be an entertaining pitcher's duel.

Final - 6.12.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 1 0 0 0 2 0 6 2 0 11 14 0
Tampa Bay Rays 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 2
WP: Chris Young (1 - 0)
LP: Alex Cobb (2 - 3)

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