May 5 (UPI) -- Baltimore Orioles starter John Means tossed a no-hitter in a 6-0 win over the Mariners on Wednesday at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, narrowly missing out on a perfect game due to a wild pitch on a strikeout.
Means retired all 27 batters he faced in the Orioles' victory, but he allowed one base runner when Sam Haggerty reached first on a third-strike wild pitch in the third inning. Baltimore then caught Haggerty attempting to steal second, but the wild pitch nullified Means' bid for perfection.
The 28-year-old Means is believed to be the first pitcher in MLB history to lose a perfect game on a dropped third strike. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first pitcher to throw a non-perfect no-hitter with no walks, no hit batters and no errors.
Despite losing his bid for a perfect game, Means settled for the first individual no-hitter for the Orioles since Jim Palmer in 1969 -- the longest stretch for any club in the majors without an individual no-hitter.
"To be honest, I can't even put it into words right now. I felt OK all game, didn't really have a changeup until the end, but glad I got it going," Means said after the win.
Means recorded 12 strikeouts and induced 26 swings and misses against the Mariners. He threw first-pitch strikes to 26 of the 27 batters he faced -- the highest percentage of first-pitch strikes in a complete game during the pitch-tracking era (since 1988).
Means, an All-Star selection in 2019, improved to 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA this season. He is the third pitcher to record a no-hitter in 2021, joining the San Diego Padres' Joe Musgrove and the Chicago White Sox's Carlos Rodon.