Means (5-7) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven-plus innings, taking the loss versus Kansas City on Thursday.
Means allowed a first-inning solo home run to Nicky Lopez, and then he was charged with another run after attempting to stretch his start into the eighth. The Baltimore ace has allowed nine runs in his last 24.1 innings, but he has two losses and two no-decisions across those four starts. Thursday was Means' longest start since he returned from a shoulder injury in July. He has a 3.42 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 114:23 K:BB through 126.1 innings this year. The southpaw is projected for a home start versus the Yankees next week.