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.