Source: New York Post
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The sign in center field at Tropicana Field reads "City of St. Petersburg Welcomes You."
It will be amended Thursday to include "Except you, R.A. Dickey."
But the Mets knuckleballer isn't too popular in any road ballparks these days. Wednesday night he pitched a complete game one-hitter -- but finally allowed a run -- helping the Mets roll to a 9-1 victory over the Rays.
Dickey took a shutout to the ninth before a throwing error by David Wright and two passed balls by catcher Mike Nickeas helped the Rays score a run, ending Dickey's scoreless streak at a franchise record 32 2/3 innings.
Dickey eclipsed the mark set by Jerry Koosman, who pitched 31 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings for the Mets in 1973.
B.J. Upton's infield single in the first inning accounted for the Rays' only hit. Wright went for the bare-handed play on the slow grounder and missed.
Manager Terry Collins said the Mets intend to appeal the scoring decision with the commissioner's office in hopes it will be changed to an error, but acknowledged it's unlikely the call will be overturned.
"It was a game where I really didn't have a regret," Dickey said.
He struck out a career-high 12 and did not walk a batter in becoming the first pitcher in the major leagues to reach 10 victories.
"I don't think I would be credible if I said I didn't think about pitching in the All-Star Game or a chance to be the best pitcher in the big leagues," he added. "Of course it creeps into my mind from time to time and it's a motivator. I do want to be the best. But I don't allow it to affect what I do or how I prepare."
Surprisingly, Dickey's masterpiece was the second-best pitching performance of the night. Following the completion of the Mets' game, San Francisco Giants hurler Matt Cain threw a perfect game, the 22nd in Major League history.