BOSTON — Orioles left-hander John Means was supposed to begin the 2020 opener in Boston earlier than a sore arm landed him on the injured checklist.
When he acquired his probability this yr, he froze the Pink Sox in a frigid Fenway Park.
Means pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, permitting a single to guide off the sport and retiring the final 18 batters he confronted on Friday to guide Baltimore to a 3-0 victory over Boston of their rain-delayed opener.
“It was a extremely cool expertise. One thing I will have, to inform my children ceaselessly,” Means mentioned. “It was most likely the most effective begins of my profession.”
Means struck out 5 and allowed simply two baserunners — the opposite on an error — incomes the win when Ryan Mountcastle doubled in two runs within the sixth to interrupt a scoreless tie. Anthony Santander added an RBI single within the eighth.
Means allowed a single to Boston leadoff hitter Kike Hernandez, then picked him off first. The one different Pink Sox baserunner for him got here when Xander Bogaerts reached on third baseman Maikel Franco’s error to guide off the second; he was stranded there.
“Only a clinic, pitching smart,” Orioles Supervisor Brandon Hyde mentioned. “Gave up the leadoff single after which cruised from there.”
Tanner Scott pitched one hitless inning and Cesar Valdez acquired the final three outs for the save within the mixed two-hitter. The Pink Sox have been shut out in an opener for the primary time since 1976, when Jim Palmer and the Orioles beat Ferguson Jenkins 1-0 in a matchup of Corridor of Famers in Baltimore.
Cedric Mullins and Pedro Severino every had two hits for Baltimore, which completed fourth within the AL East final season, one sport forward of the last-place Pink Sox.
“We knew that we have been going to lose throughout the season, we acquired it out of the way in which I assume,” Pink Sox Supervisor Alex Cora mentioned.
Cora, who guided Boston to the 2018 World Sequence championship, returned this season after serving a suspension final yr for his function within the Astros dishonest scandal. He obtained an enormous cheer when the groups have been launched earlier than the sport.
Boston put runners on first and second in opposition to Scott with two out within the eighth, however Bobby Dalbec struck out trying to finish it. J.D. Martinez doubled and took third on a handed ball within the ninth earlier than Valdez retired Bogaerts on a line drive to proper.
Nathan Eovaldi scattered 4 hits and a stroll over 5 1/3 innings for Boston. After Severino singled to guide off the sixth, Matt Andriese got here in with one out and walked Trey Mancini.
A day after the season’s first sport was postponed due to rain and chilly, the Pink Sox and Orioles tried once more in higher climate — sunshine and puffy clouds however nonetheless a first-pitch temperature of 37 levels.
The gang of 4,452 — 12% of capability, as allowed by the state — huddled beneath blankets and winter coats and had little for his or her gloved arms to clap for.
“It was undoubtedly a pleasant feeling to have individuals within the seats, vitality within the ballpark,” Hyde mentioned. “House or street, it is a lot totally different when there’s individuals right here. It was a pleasant change from final yr.”
DODGERS 11, ROCKIES 6 Trevor Bauer took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in his Los Angeles debut earlier than permitting a pair of two-run house runs, and the Dodgers held on after constructing an enormous result in beat Colorado. The sport had slightly little bit of every little thing, from seven of the Dodgers’ 16 hits going for further bases — no homers, although — to a grey cat making a shock entrance onto the sphere within the eighth inning. The feline frolicked in middle with Cody Bellinger for a second earlier than being picked up and ushered out by stadium personnel. Bauer (1-0) struck out 10.
RAYS 6, MARLINS 4 Joey Wendle hit a three-run house run, highlighting a four-run rally within the ninth inning that despatched visiting Tampa Bay over Miami. Wendle’s one-out shot off nearer Anthony Bass (0-1) landed within the higher deck in proper discipline and erased a 4-2 deficit. Manuel Margot then tripled and scored on Francisco Mejia’s sacrifice fly. Margot additionally homered and Austin Meadows went deep for the second consecutive sport, serving to Tampa Bay win its seventh consecutive sport in Miami relationship to 2019. The Rays edged the Marlins 1-0 on opening day Thursday on Meadows’ homer. Andrew Kittredge (1-0) gave up a run within the eighth. Diego Castillo acquired his second save with a scoreless ninth. Miguel Rojas had a go-ahead, two-run single within the seventh that put Miami forward 3-2.
Performing Mayor of Boston Kim Janey reacts after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch earlier than a gap day baseball sport between the Boston Pink Sox and the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Boston. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Pink Sox supervisor Alex Cora, proper, hugs Baltimore Orioles supervisor Brandon Hyde earlier than a gap day baseball sport, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Boston. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer)
The Baltimore Orioles stand for the nationwide anthem earlier than a gap day baseball sport in opposition to the Boston Pink Sox, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Boston. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer)
Baltimore Orioles’ Trey Mancini celebrates after scoring on a two-run double by Ryan Mountcastle throughout the sixth inning of a gap day baseball sport in opposition to the Boston Pink Sox, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Boston. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer)
Baltimore Orioles’ Ryan Mountcastle (6) follows by way of on his two-run double in entrance of Boston Pink Sox’s Christian Vazquez throughout the sixth inning of a gap day baseball sport, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Boston. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Pink Sox’s Enrique Hernandez, left, and Alex Verdugo react throughout introductions earlier than a gap day baseball sport in opposition to the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Boston. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Pink Sox’s Nathan Eovaldi pitches throughout the first inning of a gap day baseball sport in opposition to the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Boston. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer)
Members of the Boston Pink Sox well being compliance crew stand on the entrance to Fenway Park earlier than a gap day baseball sport between the Pink Sox and the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Boston. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer)
Baltimore Orioles’ Cesar Valdez (62) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Boston Pink Sox throughout a gap day baseball sport, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Boston. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer)