The Baltimore Orioles finished out the home portion of this abbreviated 2020 season by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 2-1. The win broke a four game losing streak.
One out short of a quality start, John Means was outstanding. The southpaw needed 97 pitches (68 strikes) to get through 5.2 innings in which he allowed 1 run (Willy Adames homer) on 3 hits, walked none and struck out 12, a career high.
Means struck out 7 straight Tampa Bay batters, tying Sammy Stewart‘s 1978 club record, after hitting Randy Arozarena with a pitch with one out in the first inning.
Once again the Orioles bullpen was stout. The trio of Dillon Tate, Hunter Harvey and Ceasr Valdez combined to stile the Rays over 3.1 innings of work; Tate allowed a hit and struck out 2, Harvey struck out 2 and Valdez retired the side to earn his second save of the season.
The Orioles did all of their scoring in the first inning when Hanser Alberto reached base on a bunt single, Austin Hays followed with a single of his own and Renato Nunez drove them in with a 2-RBI single.
Nunez finished 2 for 4 as did Alberto. Hays 1 for 4 to account for the Orioles 5 hits in the game.
The Orioles travel to Boston and then Buffalo starting on Tuesday to finish out the season.