Orioles lefty John Means threw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners May 5, the team’s first by a single pitcher since 1969.
The Orioles won the game, 6-0, with Trey Mancini adding a three-run home run in the eighth. Means recorded 12 strikeouts and did not allow a hit or a walk in the game, but it was technically not a perfect game as Sam Haggerty reached on a strikeout/wild pitch in the third inning.
Jim Palmer threw a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 13, 1969 for the team’s last no-hitter thrown by one pitcher. Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson had a combined no-hitter on July 13, 1991.
Means’ no-hitter is the sixth overall in team history. Tom Phoebus blanked the Red Sox, 6-0, on April 27, 1968. Steve Barber and Stu Miller combined for a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers on April 30, 1967, but the Orioles actually lost the game as the Tigers scored the tying run on a wild pitch and the winning run on an error. Hoyt Wilhelm recorded the Baltimore Orioles’ first no-hitter with a 1-0 victory against the Yankees on Sept. 20, 1958.
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