It turns out that R.A. Dickey didn't spend all of his magic on his first one-hitter of June. The Mets' prize knuckleballer added a second consecutive one-hitter on Monday night in a 5-0 shutout of the Orioles.
Dickey conceded a single to Wilson Betemit in the top of the fifth, snapping a string of 13 consecutive hitless innings dating back to his one-hitter against the Rays on June 13, and two walks, but struck out 13 Orioles, establishing a new career high. The Mets gave him four runs of support in the sixth inning — Dickey scored one of them — and another in the eighth.
Dickey's consecutive one-hitters are the first in MLB history since Dave Steib accomplished the feat in 1988. The last National League pitcher to throw back-to-back one-hitters was Mort Cooper in 1943.
In his last two starts, Dickey has given up two hits, two walks, and one unearned run, while fanning 24 batters, and he has lowered his ERA from 2.44 to 2.00.