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R. A. Dickey pitched a one-hitter in a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays and set a New York Mets record by not allowing a run for 32 2/3 innings.
The Mets said they will appeal the ruling on the infield single by B.J. Upton in the first inning that prevented Dickey from getting a no-hitter 12 days after Johan Santana had the first in franchise history June 1. Manager Terry Collins wants the decision changed to an error, saying David Wright wasn’t able to field the ball cleanly with his bare hand.
“We’re probably not going to win it,” Collins said. “But what the heck? What have you got to lose except to have somebody say no?”
Dickey (10-1), who is tied with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn with a Major League Baseball high 10 wins, bested the previous consecutive scoreless innings record set by Jerry Koosman in 1973 last night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. He said asking MLB to overturn the umpires is a “Hail Mary” move.
“I don’t know, it’s up to them,” Dickey told reporters. “I’ve seen David make that play a lot of times with his bare hand. You give him 10 times, he’s going to make it eight. It just kicked off his palm a little bit.”
Dickey, who struck out 12 and allowed no walks, lost his shutout streak in the ninth. Elliot Johnson reached on third baseman David Wright’s throwing error, then advanced to third on a pair of passed balls by Mike Nickeas before scoring when Desmond Jennings grounded out for the Rays (35-27).
“We were two plays from a perfect game,” Collins said. “I’ve seen a lot of games, but I’ve never seen a perfecto.”
Nickeas hit a one-run single and then scored along with Andres Torres on Daniel Murphy’s single in the fifth inning to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. Vinny Rottino hit a run-scoring double, Ike Davis batted in another run with a single and Omar Quintanilla sent home Rottino and Davis on his single to make it 7-0 in the sixth.
Wright hit a two-run double in the ninth to end the scoring for the Mets (34-29).
David Price (8-4) took the loss after giving up seven runs on nine hits in five innings.
The Mets are tied with the Atlanta Braves for second place in the five-team National League East, five games behind the Washington Nationals, who have won six games in a row.
The Rays are third in the five-team American League East, two games behind the New York Yankees, who beat the Braves 3-2 last night.
At Turner Field in Atlanta, Curtis Granderson hit a two-run home run in the sixth to give the Yankees (37-25) the go-ahead run for their sixth straight win, 3-2 over the Braves (34-29).
Derek Jeter scored on Alex Rodriguez’s single in the first inning and added another run on Granderson’s home run.
Brian McCann hit a two-run homer in the fifth for the Braves.
Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) allowed two runs on nine hits and struck out eight in six innings. Rafael Soriano gave up one hit in one inning for his 11th save.
Tim Hudson (4-3) surrendered three runs on six hits while striking out eight in six innings.
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