The New York Mets defeated the Tampa Bay Rays by the score of 9-1. The game took place in St. Petersburg, FL on Wednesday night. The win was the second in a row for the Mets who were coming off being swept by the New York Yankees. R.A. Dickey started for the Mets and was brilliant. Ike Davis had another good game which is a good sign for him and the Mets. David Price started for the Rays and struggled.
Dickey pitched nine innings giving up one hit and another base runner on an error. Dickey didn’t walk a batter and he struck out 12. Dickey is now 10-1 on the season and Price dropped to 8-4 on the season. Price pitched five innings giving up nine hits and seven runs with three walks and eight strikeouts. Badenhop pitched an inning giving up two hits, Jake McGee pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Wade Davis pitched an inning giving up a walk and striking out two. J.P. Howell pitched an inning giving up three hits and two runs with a strikeout.
Andres Torres had three hits, Daniel Murphy had two hits and two RBI and David Wright had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk. Scott Hairston had a hit, Jason Bay had a hit and Vinny Rottino had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk. Lucas Duda drew a walk, Davis had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk and Mike Nickeas had two hits and an RBI. Omar Quintanilla had a hit and two RBI. Davis, Torres, Rottino, Murphy and Wright each had a double. The Mets were 7-14 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Rottino had a stolen base and Wright was caught stealing. Wright committed an error and Nickeas had two passed balls.
B.J. Upton had a hit and Desmond Jennings had an RBI. The Rays were 0-1 with runners in scoring position and left one man on base.
The Mets took a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning. Nickeas hit an RBI single and Murphy had a two run single. In the sixth Rottino had an RBI double and Davis had an RBI single. Quintanilla had a two run single to make it 7-0 Mets. Wright hit a two run double in the ninth to make it 9-0. The Rays would score a run in the bottom of the ninth on a Jennings groundout.
The Mets improved their record to 34-29 and the Rays record dropped to 35-27. The two teams will meet on Thursday afternoon for the third and final game of the series. The Mets will be looking for a series sweep.