ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — R.A. Dickey nearly gave the New York Mets their second no-hitter in two weeks.
Now that would have been something — especially considering it took them more than 50 years to pitch their first one.
Dickey allowed only an infield single during his second career one-hitter and broke the franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings in a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
The knuckleballer became the first 10-game winner in the majors, set a career best with 12 strikeouts and did not walk a batter. The only hit the Rays managed came when speedy B.J. Upton hit a high bouncer in the first inning that third baseman David Wright was unable to field with his bare hand.
Mets manager Terry Collins said the team would appeal the official scorer’s ruling on Upton’s hit to the commissioner’s office, but conceded it probably wouldn’t change the result.
“We said in the ninth inning that we’ve got to appeal that play. We’re probably not going to win it, but … what the heck,” Collins said. “What have you got to lose except to have somebody say no?”
Johan Santana held St. Louis hitless on June 1, the first no-hitter in the Mets’ 51-year history. Dickey was just as dominant Wednesday — if not more so.