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.
R.A. Dickey now owns the longest scoreless-innings streak in franchise history.
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.