June 18, 2012: Dickey Fans 13 in One-Hitter

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Date: June 18, 2012
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 5
Orioles: 0
Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey
Key player(s): R. A. Dickey, Jordany Valdespin, Ike Davis
Key play: Davis’s grand slam

The Mets and Orioles faced each other on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opening game of an interleague series. R. A. Dickey struck out thirteen batters and recorded his second consecutive one-hitter in a 5-0 Mets win over Baltimore.

From the first inning to the fourth, Dickey and the Orioles’ Jake Arrieta each pitched scoreless ball. The Mets were limited to three singles while R. A. chalked up five strikeouts and issued only a walk to Arrieta. Dickey fanned Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds to begin the top of the fifth. Wilson Betemit singled for the Birds’ first hit of the game. Steve Pearce flied out to right fielder Lucas Duda to end the inning. Arrieta then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Dickey retired all three Baltimore batters in the top of the sixth. To lead off the bottom of the inning, R. A. singled to right field. Kirk Nieuwenhuis flied out to center fielder Adam Jones and a double by Jordany Valdespin sent Dickey to third base. David Wright lined out to shortstop J. J. Hardy and a walk to Duda loaded the bases. Ike Davis followed with a grand slam to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Arrieta then got Scott Hairston to fly out to Jones and end the inning.

Dickey recorded a pair of strikeouts in a perfect top of the seventh. Arrieta set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. To open the top of the eighth, Reynolds flied out to center fielder Nieuwenhuis. Betemit drew a walk and Pearce went down on strikes. Dickey threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Nick Johnson to finish off the inning and Valdespin tripled against Orioles’ reliever Kevin Gregg with one out in the bottom half. Wright singled to drive home Valdespin with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Duda was called out on strikes and Davis drew a walk. Gregg then fanned Hairston to close out the inning.

Brian Roberts grounded out to second baseman Valdespin to start the top of the ninth. Dickey got Hardy on a called third strike. R. A. then fanned Chris Davis looking for his thirteenth strikeout to end the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory as Dickey hurled a one-hitter for the second time in a row.