ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins thinks R.A. Dickey threw a no-hitter Wednesday, and he will make an appeal to Major League Baseball to have the feat recognized.
Mets third baseman David Wright said he was trying to make the only play he thought he had -- barehanded -- against the speedy B.J. Upton, but he'll gladly take the error.
Dickey said it was a play the Gold Glove third baseman almost always makes. However, even after missing out on a no-hitter on one debatable call in the first inning and then losing his franchise-record scoreless streak on an unearned run in the ninth, the 37-year-old Mets knuckleballer more than continued his dream season in a 9-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
"It is truly amazing what he has done," Collins said. "To think two years ago this was the first guy cut, and to be where he is today ..."
In winning a career-high eighth consecutive decision, Dickey improved to 10-1 this season (tied for the National League lead in victories) and ran his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 32 2/3 innings, breaking Jerry Koosman's club record of 31 2/3 set in 1973.
Dickey recorded 22 straight outs between the two baserunners he allowed: Upton on Wright's muff with two outs in the first inning, and Elliot Johnson on a Wright throwing error in the ninth. Johnson scored on two passed balls and a groundout.
"I tried to make a play. I didn't make it. It's simple as that," Wright said of Upton's ball. "If they want to go back and give me an error, they can do that."
Collins will ask for MLB to review the play, although it's unlikely the call will be changed to an error.
Dickey said catcher Mike Nickeas was "apologizing profusely" for the passed balls in the ninth, but the pitcher seemed unfazed by losing a no-hitter, a perfect game and a scoreless streak.
"I wouldn't say heart-breaking, but certainly you have a hope you can keep going with it if you're pitching well," said Dickey, who struck out a career-high 12 batters. "It's a good opportunity to start another (streak)."
Rays starter David Price, meanwhile, was clubbed for a career-worst seven earned runs at home as Tampa Bay dropped the second game of the interleague series in another blowout loss.
"We were just the latest victim (of Dickey)," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's done this to a lot of teams recently. He's really good right now."
Both Price and Dickey cruised into the fifth inning having allowed just one hit, but Price soon struggled.
Ike Davis doubled with one out in the fifth and scored on Nickeas' single to center field. After Price struck out Omar Quintanilla, Andres Torres (3-for-5) flicked a double off the left field line, and Daniel Murphy's two-run single to right gave the Mets a 3-0 lead.
Price ran into trouble again in the sixth. Consecutive singles to start the inning by Scott Hairston and Jason Bay and then a Vinny Rottino double improved the lead to 4-0.
Davis (2-for-3) chopped a run-scoring single over drawn-in first baseman Carlos Pena to increase the lead to 5-0 and chase Price. Nickeas greeted reliever Burke Badenhop with an infield single to load the bases before Quintanilla ripped a two-run single to center for a 7-0 bulge.
Price allowed nine hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out eight. Eight of the final 10 batters he faced recorded hits.
NOTES: Dickey had 39 strikeouts and allowed just 15 hits and three walks during his scoreless streak. ... Rays second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist did not start Wednesday because of a fever. He sat out Tuesday because of a sore right hand. ... Tampa Bay designated hitter Luke Scott, who has not started since June 5 but pinch-hit Friday, did not start because of a stiff lower back. .... Upton extended his hitting streak to nine games with the first-inning single. ... The Rays began the season 13-1 at Tropicana Field, but they are 6-12 at home since then. The 11-2 loss to the Mets on Tuesday was their most lopsided defeat at Tropicana Field since a 10-0 loss to the Yankees on April 10, 2010. ... National League All-Star manager Tony La Russa named Collins to his staff as a coach. ... Davis is 6-for-10 with three extra-base hits, five RBI and four walks in his past four games.