The plan for left-hander Johns Means today was to extend him further than his first start after his reinstatement from the injured list. The pitch limit would be stretched beyond 78. His innings in the right scenario would move past the fifth.
“I’m going to bump him up,” manager Brandon Hyde said earlier in the day. “Hopefully, everything goes well and he’ll go deeper in the game.”
Means kept Hyde relaxed until the sixth, when Ryan Zimmermann hit a three-run homer to erase a 3-1 lead. Trey Mancini, Maikel Franco and Ryan McKenna homered earlier in the game, the three Orioles working solo, and McKenna dived across the plate on a Ramón Urías ground ball in the ninth for a 5-4 victory and series sweep before an announced crowd of 15,690 at Camden Yards.
Singles by Cedric Mullins and Mancini off Daniel Hudson to begin the eighth were wasted – Ryan Mountcastle grounded into a double play on the eighth pitch and DJ Stewart struck out on the eighth – but Brad Hand hit Franco on an 0-2 pitch to lead off the ninth. McKenna singled and pinch-hitter Austin Hays walked to load the bases with no outs, Pat Valaika flied to deep right to tie the game, third baseman Carter Kieboom threw late after fielding Urías’ ball and the Orioles headed into their off-day at 34-64. They’re 1-51 when trailing after the eighth.
“I think overall today was…