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Baltimore Orioles vs. Seattle Mariners Pick & Prediction MAY 5TH 2021

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John Means pitched Baltimore's first no-hitter in 30 years, and the organization's first no-hitter by a lone pitcher since Jim Palmer in 1969, as the Orioles defeated the host Seattle Mariners 6-0 Wednesday afternoon.

Pat Valaika and Trey Mancini homered for Baltimore, which took two of three games in the series.

Means (4-0) faced 27 batters but was not quite perfect in matching his career-high with 12 strikeouts.

The only baserunner Means allowed came on a strikeout. With one out in the bottom of the third, Seattle's Sam Haggerty swung and missed a 1-2 pitch low and in the dirt. The ball skipped past catcher Pedro Severino and went all the way to the backstop, allowing Haggerty to reach first base without a throw on the wild pitch.

Haggerty was erased on the bases when he was caught stealing.

Baltimore's most recent no-hitter came July 13, 1991 at Oakland when Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson combined to accomplish the feat.

The closest the Mariners came to a hit came with Kyle Lewis leading off the eighth inning. Lewis hit a high drive to left field, but the Orioles' Austin Hays made the catch up against the wall.

Means got Seattle's J.P. Crawford to hit a weak liner to shortstop Ramon Urias for the final out before the left-hander was mobbed on the mound by teammates.

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the second inning against Seattle left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (1-2).

Maikel Franco lined the first pitch of the inning into left field for a single before being erased as Ryan Mountcastle grounded into a fielder's choice. Valaika struck out, but Mountcastle advanced to second on a wild pitch. DJ Stewart beat the shift, grounding a single into left field to get the Orioles on the scoreboard and he advanced to second on the throw home. Ramon Urias lined a single into left field to make it 2-0.

It remained that way until the seventh, when Valaika lined a two-out pitch just inside the foul pole down the left-field line for his first home run of the season.

The Orioles added three runs in the eighth off Mariners left-hander Aaron Fletcher.

With one out, Cedric Mullins grounded a single into right field and Austin Hays lined a single to left. Mancini followed by hitting a three-run shot to left field, his sixth homer of the year.

Kikuchi, who flirted with a no-hitter in his last start against Houston, went seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out seven.

Means' no-hitter was the third thrown in the majors this season, following San Diego's Joe Musgrove and the Chicago White Sox's Carlos Rodon.

--Field Level Media

John Means means business.

The Baltimore Orioles left-hander is showing his trip to the All-Star Game as a rookie in 2019 was no fluke.

Means (3-0, 1.70 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound Wednesday afternoon as the Orioles wrap up a three-game series against the host Seattle Mariners.

Baltimore won the series opener 5-3 on Monday before Seattle prevailed 5-2 on Tuesday. Means, 28, will hope to give the Orioles a second consecutive series win as they conclude a six-game road trip.

"I just think he's completely matured as a major league pitcher, and he's still continuing to get better," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. "He doesn't have a whole lot of major league experience, and he's just improving. ...

"You see a pitcher developing at the big league level every time out. Last year, he was overthrowing, made the adjustment. This year, he's really executing pitching. If he needs to elevate, he elevates. If he needs to dump in a breaking ball, he can dump in a breaking ball. He's still got a changeup.

"He's turning into a complete pitcher."

Means went 12-11 with a 3.60 ERA as a rookie. He never seemed to get untracked during last year's pandemic-shortened season, going 2-4 with a 4.53 ERA.

He credits a better mentality with his improvement this season.

"I think last year, I would get really frustrated when things weren't going well," Means said. "I've done a good job with staying within myself, letting the game come to me. I'm just not making any moment too big, even with guys on base."

Means has allowed just seven singles and a walk in 38 plate appearances with an opposing runner on base this season. Five of the seven runs he has allowed came on solo homers.

The only two AL starting pitchers with better ERAs than Means this season are the Kansas City Royals' Danny Duffy (4-1, 0.60) and the New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.43).

"It feels pretty good, but I don't want to sit back and look at it," Means said.

Means, who is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners, will be opposed Wednesday by Seattle lefty Yusei Kikuchi (1-1, 4.40 ERA). Kikuchi allowed three runs on five hits in six innings during lone career start against Baltimore, a 13-3 win on June 23, 2019.

Kikuchi is coming off one of the best starts of his three years in the majors as he allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings Thursday during a 1-0 road victory over the Houston Astros. Kikuchi walked two and struck out seven. The lone hit came on a double by Carlos Correa in the seventh.

That start came just hours after Mariners No. 1 starter Marco Gonzales was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a left forearm strain.

"I think not just myself, but the entire staff, definitely needs to step up," Kikuchi said through an interpreter. "We need to go out and go deep into ballgames -- an extra inning, or even just an extra out. I think we need to have the entire staff all just step up and contribute until Marco comes back."

Mariners manager Scott Servais said what stood out to him was Kikuchi's competitiveness.

"It doesn't get any bigger than that to shut that team down and take a no-hitter into the seventh against one of the better lineups in the American League," Servais said.

--Field Level Media

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    Mid May | 10-day IL

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    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

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  • Casey Sadler

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Sadler has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation, and it remains to be seen when he will return.

  • Jake Fraley

    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Fraley has been shifted to the 10-day injured list with a mild left hamstring strain, and it is projected that he will not return until the middle of May.

  • Evan White

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    White has been moved to the 10-day injured list with an unknown injury, and it is unclear how long he will be idle.

  • Shed Long

    Late May | 60-day IL

    Long has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while recovering from offseason shin surgery, and he will not take the field until the latter part of May.

  • Nick Margevicius

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

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Baltimore Orioles

  • Darren O'Day

    Early June | 10-day IL

    O'Day has been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to right rotator cuff strain, and he is unlikely to return before the beginning of June.

  • Chris Davis

    Late May | 60-day IL

    Davis has been posted to the 60-day injured reserve list with a lower-back strain, and he is not expected to make his season debut until at least the end of May.

  • Freddy Galvis

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Galvis has missed the previous four games with left adductor soreness, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Athletics on Saturday.