The 29-year-old right-hander won four of his first five starts while compiling a 1.24 ERA in the victories. He shut out Boston for 8 2-3 innings on May 2, allowing four hits and one run as the Rangers won 4-1.
However, Dickey is 0-4 in five starts since then with a 7.82 ERA in that span. He gave up four earned runs, eight hits and two walks in six innings as the Rangers fell 5-4 at Toronto on Friday.
“I’ve just got to be better,” Dickey said. “I do honestly feel that I’m a couple pitches away from being real good, but for whatever reason, we lost 5-4 and it was my fourth loss in the last month, and you’ve gotta move forward, push forward. You can’t pout about it.
“I’m tired of coming in and saying I didn’t have the breaks go my way this time. I’m tired of that. Whether they did or didn’t go my way—I don’t care about that anymore. What I care about is keeping us in the ballgame.”
Dickey will try to give the bullpen a break after relievers Ron Mahay, Jay Powell, Brian Shouse, Frank Francisco and Francisco Cordero pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings in Texas’ 6-5 victory in 12 innings over Cleveland on Tuesday.
Texas won its second straight after a four-game losing streak, with Cordero pitching a perfect 12th for his 17th save in as many chances.
Victor Martinez had three RBIs for the Indians, who dropped to 3-7 in a major league-high 10 extra-inning games. Cleveland finished May with a 13-13 record.
Indians manager Eric Wedge is nevertheless pleased with his young team’s progression.
“I think it was a good month as far as us taking some positive steps,” Wedge said.