There are so many things to say about R.A. Dickey’s performance against the Rays Wednesday night. First of all, he pitched a complete game victory as the Mets won 9-1. Dickey is now 10-1, the first pitcher to reach double digit in wins this season. Oh, did I mention he only allowed one hit, an infield single in the first inning? He also struck out a career high 12 batters. Last but certainly not least, he ran his consecutive innings streak to 32.2, a new team record, before giving up an unearned run in the ninth.
Dickey and David Price exchanged zeros into the fifth inning when Ike Davis doubled and Mike Nickeas drove him in with a single to give the Mets the 1-0 lead. Andres Torres doubled to make it second and third, and both runners would score when Daniel Murphy singled to right to make it 3-0.
The Mets didn’t let up in the sixth. Scott Hairston led off the inning with a single, Jason Bay singled for his first hit since returning from the DL and Vinny Rottino doubled to score Hairston and move Bay to third. Davis singled to make it 5-0 and move Rottino to third, and that was all for Price. Didn’t matter — an infield single by Nickeas loaded the bases and two more runs scored on an Omar Quintanilla single to make it 7-0.
A David Wright double in the ninth scored two more to make it 9-0.
It looks like Davis may be snapping out of his season long slump. Over his past four games he is six for his last 10 with five RBIs to raise his average from .158 to .181.
But Dickey is the story. He topped the old team record for consecutive scoreless innings, which was 31.2, set by Jerry Koosman back in 1973. The streak was snapped in the ninth on a Wright throwing error, two passed balls and a ground out.
His ERA now sits at 2.20, second in the NL. His 90 strikeouts are good for second in the league.