R.A. Dickey became the first major-league pitcher 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.
Coming off a one-hit gem at Tampa Bay last Wednesday, the knuckleballer struck out a career-high 13 and allowed only Wilson Betemit’s clean single in the fifth inning.
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 pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters in the National League was Jim Tobin with the Boston Braves in 1944, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau.
The 37-year-old Dickey (11-1) walked two and became the first 11-game winner in the majors.
YANKEES 6, BRAVES 2
C.C. Sabathia struck out 10, Derek Jeter drove in three runs and the Yankees won their 10th straight game, beating the Braves.
Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano hit solo home runs as the Yankees matched their longest winning streak since May 2005.
The team with the American League’s best record kept rampaging in interleague play — all 10 of these triumphs have come against NL teams with winning records, including a sweep at Turner Field last week.
Michael Bourn led off the game with a triple and scored when Martin Prado followed with a groundout, ending Atlanta’s 20-inning shutout string.
However, the Braves’ first game at the new Yankee Stadium and first trip to the Bronx since 2006 still resulted in their seventh loss in eight tries.
Sabathia (9-3) gave up seven hits in his 34th career complete game, and first since last July. He walked one, and fanned Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward to finish it.
GIANTS 5, ANGELS 3
In Anaheim, Matt Cain followed up his perfect game by persevering through five difficult innings for another victory, steering San Francisco past Los Angeles.
Cain (9-2) was rewarded for his resilience with a win in his first start since throwing the 22nd perfect game in major-league history.
Ryan Theriot had three hits and drove in two runs for the Giants.
Angels starter Jerome Williams (6-5) gave up four runs while failing to get out of the fourth inning in his third straight loss.
After he left the game, Williams was taken to hospital as a precaution after complaining of shortness of breath.
INDIANS 10, REDS 9
In Cleveland, Lonnie Chisenhall and Casey Kotchman had three RBIs apiece as Cleveland ended Cincinnati’s six-game winning streak.
Chisenhall and Kotchman hit two-run homers, and both drove in runs in the sixth inning off Sam LeCure (2-2) as Cleveland snapped a 7-7 tie.
Choo Shin-soo homered for the Indians.
Joey Votto and Jay Bruce homered for the Reds, who swept a three-game series from the Indians last week.
Reliever Joe Smith (5-1) went 1-2/3 innings for the win. Chris Perez worked the ninth for his 22nd straight save.
RANGERS 2, PADRES 1
In San Diego, David Murphy hit a two-run single in the first inning, and that was enough for Texas to edge San Diego.
Rangers starter Matt Harrison (9-3) won his fifth straight decision and tied Yankees pair C.C. Sabathia and Ivan Nova for the AL lead in victories. He allowed one run in six innings.
Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.
Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton did not start, but played left field in the ninth inning.