Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 6/14/12

The New York Mets made it two-in-a-row against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday evening with a 9-1 victory:

R.A. Dickey started for NY and was simply…awesome. In his most dominant performance of the season, the knuckle baller allowed just one-hit, while striking out a career-high 12 batters, en-route to becoming the first Major League starter to reach 10 victories on the year:

The Rays lone hit came with two-outs in the bottom half of the first inning when B.J. Upton chopped a high grounder down the third base line that David Wright failed to field cleanly using his bare hand. The official score was an infield-single — which I believe was the correct call — but following the game, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters the club will will appeal to Major League Baseball to have the scoring decision changed to an error:

We’re probably not going to win it. David tried to make it. It’s B.J. running. But what the heck? What have you got to lose except to have somebody say no? You’ve got an All-Star third baseman who comes in and tries to make a play.”

Dickey, who picked up a career high eighth straight victory, went on to retire the next 22 batters he faced, extending his scoreless inning streak to 32 2/3 innings before his streak was ended with an un-earned run in the bottom of the ninth.  His 32 2/3 scoreless-innings is the longest in MLB this year and eclipses the Mets franchise record of 31 2/3 innings held by Jerry Koosman:

I always try to be consistent. That means a lot to me, to be consistent and trustworthy. And it makes me feel good that my team feels like they’ve got a chance to win every time out. The streaks and the special things that happen along the way are just the manifestation of that, of wanting to be consistent and wanting to really be good at my craft. I still have a passion for it. I’m still looking for things to do with the knuckleball.”

I LIKE IKE: Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI.  The Mets first baseman has now collected a hit in each of his last four games, including back-to-back multi-hit games.  Davis is 6-for-10 with home run and five runs batted in over that span as he continues to take strides towards breaking out of his season long funk:

BREAK OUT THE BROOMS: Johan Santana (3-3, 2.96) will oppose Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.65) tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm as the Mets go for a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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