June 13, 2012: Dickey One-Hits Rays

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Date: June 13, 2012
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 9
Rays: 1
Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey
Key player(s): R. A. Dickey, Daniel Murphy, Omar Quintanilla, David Wright
Key play: Murphy’s and Quintanilla’s two-run singles, Wright’s two-run double

The Mets faced the Rays on a Wednesday night in St. Petersburg, Florida. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Tropicana Field. R. A. Dickey pitched a complete game one-hitter as the Mets defeated Tampa Bay, 9-1.

Rays’ starter David Price hurled a scoreless top of the first inning. Dickey fanned the first two hitters in the bottom half. B. J. Upton followed with an infield single and a fly ball by Matthew Joyce was caught by center fielder Andres Torres to end the inning. The Mets had runners at first and third base with one out in the top of the second. Price got Mike Nickeas to hit a ground ball to second baseman Sean Rodriguez for an inning-ending double play. Dickey then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

The pitchers combined for nine strikeouts (Price four and Dickey five) in perfect third and fourth innings. In the top of the fifth, Ike Davis hit a one-out double to right-center field. Nickeas singled to drive home Davis and a strikeout of Omar Quintanilla ensued. Torres doubled to send Nickeas to third base. Daniel Murphy followed with a single that scored Nickeas and Torres for a 3-0 Mets lead. Price fanned David Wright to close out the inning. Dickey then set down all three Tampa Bay batters in the bottom half.

Scott Hairston and Jason Bay got back-to-back singles to open the top of the sixth. Vinny Rottino doubled to score Hairston and send Bay to third base. An ensuing single by Davis plated Bay with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Nickeas singled against Rays’ reliever Burke Badenhop to load the bases. Quintanilla singled to drive home Rottino and Davis, increasing the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Badenhop got Torres on a double play grounder to Rodriguez and retired Murphy on a ground ball to shortstop Elliot Johnson for the third out. Dickey then set down the Rays 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Tampa Bay reliever Jake McGee pitched a perfect top of the seventh inning. Dickey retired the side in order in the bottom half and the Rays’ Wade Davis shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Hideki Matsui grounded out to shortstop Quintanilla to lead off the bottom of the inning. Dickey fanned Rodriguez for his twelfth strikeout of the game. R. A. then completed his seventh straight perfect inning by getting Jose Lobaton on a ground ball to third baseman Wright.

Torres singled against Rays’ reliever J. P. Howell to begin the top of the ninth inning. Murphy hit a double to advance Torres to third base. Wright doubled to score Torres and Murphy with the Mets’ eighth and ninth runs. Hairston popped out to Rodriguez and a ground out by Bay to Johnson followed. Howell then struck out Lucas Duda to end the inning.

Johnson reached on an error by third baseman Wright to start the bottom of the ninth. Will Rhymes flied out to right fielder Hairston. With Desmond Jennings at bat, a pair of passed balls by catcher Nickeas allowed Johnson to move to second and third base. Jennings grounded out to Quintanilla to drive home Johnson. Dickey then retired Carlos Pena on a foul pop-up to Nickeas that ended the game. The Mets had a solid victory on R. A.’s one-hitter.