Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 6/18)

Game 1: Monday, June 18
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 19
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 20
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Orioles 0

(39-28, 20-14 away)

Mets 5

(36-32, 20-15 home)

Coverage:  SNNY

7:10 PM ET, June 18, 2012

Citi Field, New York, New York 

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W: R. Dickey (11-1)

L: J. Arrieta (3-9)

Mets' R.A. Dickey K's 13 in second one-hitter in row

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- R.A. Dickey's impeccable control with that dancing knuckleball has made him the most dominant pitcher in baseball.

Dickey became the first major leaguer in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters and Ike Davis hit a grand slam to lead the New York Mets past the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 on Monday night.

Coming off a one-hit gem at Tampa Bay last Wednesday, Dickey struck out a career-high 13 and allowed only Wilson Betemit's clean single in the fifth inning. He has not permitted an earned run in 42 2/3 innings, the second-longest stretch in club history behind Dwight Gooden's streak of 49 innings in 1985.

"I'm going to leave it to you guys to explain it. I'm just going to try to be in the moment with it," Dickey said.

The previous pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters was Dave Stieb for Toronto in September 1988, according to STATS LLC. The Mets said the last to match the feat -- or top it -- in the National League was Jim Tobin with the 1944 Boston Braves, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. Tobin tossed a one-hitter followed by a no-hitter.

The 37-year-old Dickey (11-1) walked two and became the first 11-game winner in the majors, befuddling Baltimore with knucklers that ranged from 66-81 mph in a game that took just 2 hours, 7 minutes. He fanned the final two hitters, topping his previous career best of 12 strikeouts set Wednesday against the Rays.

"Yeah, it's surreal," Dickey said. "You almost get emotional out there, especially that last hitter. You hear everybody, like one big heartbeat beating. That's the best way I could explain it."

A longtime journeyman before joining the Mets in 2010, Dickey has won nine straight decisions and six consecutive starts. He is tied for the major league lead in ERA (2.00), strikeouts (103) and complete games (three).

It was his fourth game this season with double-digit strikeouts, most in the majors, and the fifth of his career. The right-hander has an incredible 71 strikeouts and six walks in his last seven starts.

The Mets, who lead the NL with seven shutouts, had lost three straight and nine of 13.

Betemit's two-out single in the fifth ended Dickey's franchise-record streak of 13 hitless innings.

"Do I have a chance to appeal that base hit? Did anybody dive for that ball? I got a bad view," Mets manager Terry Collins said, drawing laughs.

The only blemish Wednesday night was B.J. Upton's infield single with two outs in the first, a high bouncer that third baseman David Wright tried to field with his bare hand.

After the game, the Mets appealed the official scoring decision to Major League Baseball, asking the commissioner's office to review the play and consider whether Wright should be charged with an error, thus giving Dickey the team's second no-hitter this month. The appeal was denied and Dickey said he was relieved, explaining that there would have been "an asterisk by it bigger than the no-hitter itself."

"He has no wild pitches this year. That's impressive," Baltimore slugger Adam Jones said. "He's in a groove."

One of the people Dickey can thank for his incredible success story is Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who was instrumental in persuading Dickey to remake himself into a knuckleballer when both were in Texas.

"He had every attribute of a major league pitcher except the arm," Showalter said, his thoughts then turning to the fact that his team was about to face Dickey. "I wish it hadn't happened."

After the game, Dickey said he would be remiss not to thank Showalter.

"You know, and this is a tip of the hat to him: It was fairly poetic, I thought. The last game he saw me pitch live I gave up six home runs and tied a modern-day major league record," Dickey said. "It's really incredible."

Betemit's line drive to right-center brought an ovation from the crowd of 29,014, which had started chanting "R.A. Dickey!" in the fifth.

Dickey even sparked the New York rally with a leadoff single in the sixth against Jake Arrieta (3-9), a question mark to make his start until just a few hours before the game because he had been feeling ill the past few days.

Jordany Valdespin doubled with one out and Dickey had to scramble back to third after he initially broke the wrong way on Wright's lineout to shortstop. The pitcher barely beat the throw, and that turned out to be a crucial play.

Lucas Duda walked and Davis hit the next pitch just to the left of center for his seventh home run of the year and first career slam, prompting a curtain call.

"My first time. It was really cool. I wasn't expecting it," said Davis, who has raised his batting average to .196 with a recent surge.

The four RBIs set a career high for Davis. His drive would have stayed in the ballpark before the fences were brought in this season.

Valdespin tripled off Kevin Gregg in the eighth and scored on Wright's single.

Baltimore, which had won seven of eight, was coming off consecutive shutouts in Atlanta.

Game notes


Dickey has a 1.21 ERA and 88 strikeouts during his nine-game winning streak. It was his fifth career shutout and second this season, both in June. ... Showalter said INF Robert Andino would be back in the lineup Tuesday night.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

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Game Information

StadiumCiti Field, New York, NY
Attendance29,014 (69.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
Game Time2:07
Weather66 degrees, cloudy
Wind10 mph
UmpiresHome Plate - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg

Research Notes

From Elias: Dickey is the first pitcher in modern baseball history (since 1900) to allow 1-or-fewer runs, strike out 50+ batters and walk 5-or-fewer batters over a five-start span in a season.
From Elias: R.A. Dickey now has 7 straight starts with 8+ K and 2 or fewer walks, matching the longest single-season streak since 1900.
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Bill James Game Score is a metric that rates starts on a 0-100 scoring scale, based on a pitchers innings pitched, runs, hits, strikeouts, and walks (49 is MLB Average, 100+ is extremely rare). R.A. Dickey had a Game Score of 95 last Wednesday with his 12-K, 1-hit CG, and had a Game Score of 96 tonight with his 13-K, 1-hit CG. He is the first pitcher in the Live Ball Era with consecutive starts with a Game Score of 95+ in a single season.
R.A. Dickey threw 35 knuckleballs at 80 MPH or higher, the third straight start in which he's thrown at least 30 knuckleballs at that speed. Before those three starts, his previous high in a start was 17 such pitches. Dickey has thrown 106 knuckleballs at 80 MPH or higher in his last three starts; he threw 100 over his first 11.
R.A. Dickey's current streak of innings without an earned run at 42 2/3 - second longest in Mets history. The franchise record for consecutive innings without allowing an earned run is 49.0 by Dwight Gooden in 1985 (August 31 to October 2).
From Elias: R.A. Dickey had a 12-inning hitless streak spanning the end of his last start and the beginning of this one. That is a Mets record. The previous mark was 11.0 by Jack Hamilton in 1966 (May 4 - 8).
R.A. Dickey is 11-1 this season. No pitcher in Mets history has ever been 10 games above .500 this early (in terms of team games played) in a season. The franchise record in that category was held by Tom Seaver, who in 1969 defeated the Pirates on July 4th to improve to 13-3 in what was the Mets' 77th game that season. Dickey got to 10 over in 68 team games.
R.A. Dickey: won 9 straight decisions (longest win streak by Mets pitcher since Johan Santana won 10 straight, 2008-2009); 5 straight starts of 0 ER and 8+ K, -- longest streak in MLB history (previous mark was 4-- Gaylord Perry (1967), Ray Culp (1968) and Pedro Martinez (2002)

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