OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — John Means struck out nine and the Baltimore Orioles won at the Coliseum for the first time since 2017, beating Mike Fiers and the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Friday night.
Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays hit back-to-back home runs to help the Orioles end their seven-game losing streak at Oakland.
Means beat the A’s for the second time in six days.
“I just thought he located extremely well,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “The pitch mix was there, adding and subtracting, pitching to both sides of the plate, pitching unpredictable. Facing the same team twice in week is not easy to do. That’s a tough lineup to face once and he does it twice in a week and was outstanding.”
Sean Murphy and Mitch Moreland homered for the A’s. Fiers lost in his season debut as Oakland fell to 2-4 since winning 13 straight.
Means (3-0) allowed one run and three hits over seven innings in another dominant outing by the Baltimore lefty. He gave up Murphy’s leadoff home run in the second, walked Matt Chapman and then retired 18 of the next 20.
Means exited with a 1.70 ERA this season. He has permitted only three earned runs in four road starts this season, a span of 25 2/3 innings.
“I’m pretty comfortable with my mentality. Last year I would get really frustrated when things weren’t going well,” Means said. “I’ve done a good job of staying within myself and letting the game come to me and just not making any moment too big, even with guys on base.”
Paul Fry retired two batters and Travis Lankins got Jed Lowrie to fly out with runners on the corners to end the eighth.
Cesar Valdez allowed two hits to open the ninth before retiring the next three batters for his sixth save. He got Elvis Andrus to fly out with the tying run…