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Hitless in Seattle: Masterful Means enters MLB history books with no-hitter

By Sports Desk May 05, 2021

Baltimore Orioles ace John Means entered the MLB history books after throwing a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners.

Means threw the Orioles' first solo no-hitter since Jim Palmer in 1969 as Baltimore blanked the Mariners 6-0 on Wednesday.

It was an almost perfect performance for Means, who retired all 27 batters he faced in Seattle but did allow a baserunner when Sam Haggerty reached on a third-strike wild pitch in the third inning.

Means is the first pitcher to throw a non-perfect no-hitter in which the team did not record a walk, hit by pitch or error.

According to Stats Perform, Means is also the second pitcher in American League (AL) history to throw a no-hitter with 12-plus strikeouts and 0 walks, joining Felix Fernandez – who had a perfect game in 2012.

"I can't put it into words right now. It's unbelievable," the 28-year-old and 2019 All-Star said afterwards.

"I felt OK all game. I didn't really have the changeup till the end, but I'm glad I got it going."

Means produced the third no-hitter of the season and the 10th in franchise history.

San Diego Padres ace Joe Musgrove and Chicago White Sox star Carlos Rodon have also pitched no-hitters in 2021.

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