BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Orioles pitcher John Means added his name to Major League Baseball’s record books on Wednesday throwing a no hitter against the Seattle Mariners in a 6-0 win. The performance from Means marks the Orioles first solo no-hitter since Jim Palmer in 1969.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 05: John Means #47 of the Baltimore Orioles sits in the dugout during the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on May 05, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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“I don’t even know what to say to be honest with you,” Means said after the game, at a loss for words.

Means missed out on a perfect game only because of a ball that got past catcher Pedro Severino on a strikeout of Sam Haggerty in the third inning. Haggerty reached first on what was ruled a wild pitch but then was caught attempting to steal second allowing Means to face the minimum 27 hitters in the outing.

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In the nine inning outing, Means tied a career-high in strike outs with 12, his most since September 20 of last year when he struck out 12 Tampa Bay Rays in a 2-1 win.

The no hitter for Means was a bit of a full circle moment for the O’s franchise as WJZ sports director Mark Viviano noted on Twitter. The last time Baltimore was involved in a no hitter on a Wednesday afternoon in Seattle, they were the ones being no hit by Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma back in August of 2015.

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Means was able to complete the no hitter with 113 pitches, throwing 79 of them for strikes as he improved his record to 4-0 on the young season and the Orioles moved to 15-16 on the year.

CBS Baltimore Staff