Means leads Orioles past Blue Jays 4-2 in series opener

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore Orioles rookie John Means admittedly had to grind through his latest start.

Nonetheless, he was still able to put his team in position for a much-needed win.

Means tied a season-high with seven strikeouts and the Orioles took the series opener from the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

''I have to attack better,'' Means said. ''I wasn't getting ahead of guys either, so that was an issue. Not only were there long at-bats, but I wasn't getting strike one, strike two, very consistently. I had to pitch behind in the count a lot. That's definitely on me.''

Means (6-4) allowed one run on four hits with three walks over five innings and lowered his ERA to 2.60.

Baltimore reliever Shawn Armstrong threw a pair of scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Miguel Castro entered and allowed a bloop RBI double to Randal Grichuk that pulled the Blue Jays to within 3-2 in the eighth.

The Orioles answered in the bottom half with a double that scored Stevie Wilkerson for a key insurance run. Mychal Givens pitched the ninth and picked up his sixth save.

Anthony Santander had three hits and an RBI-double for Baltimore, which can win consecutive games for the first time since May 4-6 and a series for the first time since April 22-24.

''I'm not concerned about the standings,'' Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. ''I'm concerned about how we play and I'm concerned about trying to win a game that night and how we prepare that day, and if we're playing the game the right way, giving these guys opportunities to develop at the major league level. Obviously, winning is what this is about. At the same time, we're process-based right now and we're going to try to give guys opportunities to have success.''

Eric Sogard led off the game with his sixth home run for the Blue Jays, who dropped their fifth straight game and have lost 11 of 13.

Blue Jays rookie right-hander Trent Thornton (1-5) loaded the bases on three walks in the second, but the Orioles couldn't capitalize. Baltimore took a 2-1 lead the following inning on back-to-back doubles by Trey Mancini and Chance Sisco.

The Orioles extended the lead to 3-1 in the fourth when a pop up by Santander landed between the second baseman Sogard and right fielder Grichuk.

Thornton allowed three runs and seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks over five innings.

Toronto has scored two or fewer runs in five consecutive games for the first time since 2014.

''We're working hard, the hitting coaches are working hard.'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

''There are still (more than) three months left. There are lots of chances for us to get hot. I really believe that we will.''

DRAFT UPDATE

The Orioles have signed 20 of the 41 players taken in this year's MLB draft, the highest being fourth-round pick Joey Ortiz, a shortstop from New Mexico State. General manager Mike Elias still expects ''everything to go smoothly'' with signing catcher Adley Rutschman, the No. 1 overall pick from Oregon State.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP David Phelps, who underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2018, still needs ''a few more minor-league appearances'' before the team decides the next course of action, Montoyo said.

Orioles: RHP Alex Cobb will undergo season-ending hip surgery. He went 0-2 with a 10.95 ERA in just three starts this season. ''He clearly hasn't been 100 percent and it's more important to us that we get this issue corrected at the right time and have him 100 percent for next spring training,'' Elias said.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Edwin Jackson (0-4, 11.90 ERA) has struggled to get on track and allowed six runs (two earned) and six hits over 3 1/3 innings in his last start against the Yankees. Jackson is 6-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 career games (nine starts) against Baltimore.

Orioles: David Hess (1-8, 7.08 ERA) is looking to recapture the form of his first start April 1 against Toronto when he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He has since gone winless with an 8.20 ERA over his next 11 appearances.

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  • W: J. Means (6-4)L: T. Thornton (1-5)S: M. Givens (6)
  • HR: TOR - E. Sogard (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Sogard 2B41211021.280.350.476.8266.0
V. Guerrero DH30000111.243.312.436.7470.5
L. Gurriel LF31000113.255.318.520.8381.5
R. Grichuk RF30110101.226.285.419.7054.0
J. Smoak 1B40000002.233.368.441.8090.0
T. Hernandez CF40100020.199.261.331.5920.0
F. Galvis SS40100021.241.276.409.6850.0
D. Jansen C40000041.170.259.252.511-2.0
B. Drury 3B20000111.223.266.389.6540.5
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    J. Villar SS-2B51210021.256.314.409.7244.0
    A. Santander LF41310000.389.476.6671.1436.0
    K. Broxton CF00000000.165.214.278.4920.0
    T. Mancini RF41110003.298.352.536.8884.0
    C. Sisco C30110110.214.389.571.9603.5
    R. Nunez DH20100200.243.301.496.7973.0
    R. Ruiz 3B40100025.234.304.332.6351.0
    H. Alberto 2B40000005.305.320.385.7050.0
    R. Martin SS00000000.182.243.314.5570.0
    C. Davis 1B30100110.164.247.301.5481.5
    S. Wilkerson CF-LF41100014.221.274.375.6491.5
    J. Means P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grichuk (10)
      • HR - E. Sogard (6)
      • RBI - E. Sogard (16), R. Grichuk (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Gurriel 2 (2), R. Grichuk, J. Smoak 2 (2), B. Drury
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Villar 2 (16), A. Santander (2), T. Mancini (18), C. Sisco (2), R. Ruiz (6)
      • RBI - J. Villar (26), A. Santander (2), T. Mancini (32), C. Sisco (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar (9), A. Santander
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 3 (3), H. Alberto 3 (3), S. Wilkerson 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Villar (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Sogard-Galvis-Smoak)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Ruiz-Alberto-Davis)
      • E - C. Davis (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Thornton (L, 1-5)5.07333404.781.41-1.0
      T. Mayza0.22000103.091.24-1.5
      D. Hudson1.10001103.451.332.5
      S. Gaviglio1.02110104.191.020.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Thornton (L, 1-5)5.0
      T. Mayza0.2
      D. Hudson1.1
      S. Gaviglio1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Means (W, 6-4)5.04113712.601.1017.5
      S. Armstrong (H, 4)2.00000304.121.377.5
      M. Castro (H, 3)0.21111105.501.40-2.5
      R. Bleier (H, 2)0.10000007.271.440.0
      M. Givens (S, 6)1.00000204.821.2911.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Means (W, 6-4)5.0
      S. Armstrong (H, 4)2.0
      M. Castro (H, 3)0.2
      R. Bleier (H, 2)0.1
      M. Givens (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Thornton 96-59, T. Mayza 15-9, D. Hudson 17-7, S. Gaviglio 20-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Thornton 4-7, D. Hudson 1-1, S. Gaviglio 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Thornton 25, T. Mayza 4, D. Hudson 4, S. Gaviglio 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 103-61, S. Armstrong 28-20, M. Castro 19-7, R. Bleier 4-2, M. Givens 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 3-4, S. Armstrong 1-2, M. Castro 1-0, R. Bleier 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Means 21, S. Armstrong 6, M. Castro 4, R. Bleier, M. Givens 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      E. Sogard 2B41211021.280.350.476.8266.0
      V. Guerrero DH30000111.243.312.436.7470.5
      L. Gurriel LF31000113.255.318.520.8381.5
      R. Grichuk RF30110101.226.285.419.7054.0
      J. Smoak 1B40000002.233.368.441.8090.0
      T. Hernandez CF40100020.199.261.331.5920.0
      F. Galvis SS40100021.241.276.409.6850.0
      D. Jansen C40000041.170.259.252.511-2.0
      B. Drury 3B20000111.223.266.389.6540.5
      T. Thornton P0000-000.667.667.667.000-
      T. Mayza P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      S. Gaviglio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Villar SS-2B51210021.256.314.409.7244.0
        A. Santander LF41310000.389.476.6671.1436.0
        K. Broxton CF00000000.165.214.278.4920.0
        T. Mancini RF41110003.298.352.536.8884.0
        C. Sisco C30110110.214.389.571.9603.5
        R. Nunez DH20100200.243.301.496.7973.0
        R. Ruiz 3B40100025.234.304.332.6351.0
        H. Alberto 2B40000005.305.320.385.7050.0
        R. Martin SS00000000.182.243.314.5570.0
        C. Davis 1B30100110.164.247.301.5481.5
        S. Wilkerson CF-LF41100014.221.274.375.6491.5
        J. Means P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
        S. Armstrong P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        M. Castro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        R. Bleier P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        M. Givens P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Grichuk (10)
          • HR - E. Sogard (6)
          • RBI - E. Sogard (16), R. Grichuk (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Gurriel 2 (2), R. Grichuk, J. Smoak 2 (2), B. Drury
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Villar 2 (16), A. Santander (2), T. Mancini (18), C. Sisco (2), R. Ruiz (6)
          • RBI - J. Villar (26), A. Santander (2), T. Mancini (32), C. Sisco (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar (9), A. Santander
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 3 (3), H. Alberto 3 (3), S. Wilkerson 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Villar (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Sogard-Galvis-Smoak)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Ruiz-Alberto-Davis)
          • E - C. Davis (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Thornton (L, 1-5)5.07333404.781.41-1.0
          T. Mayza0.22000103.091.24-1.5
          D. Hudson1.10001103.451.332.5
          S. Gaviglio1.02110104.191.020.5
          Total8.01144470---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Thornton (L, 1-5)5.0
          T. Mayza0.2
          D. Hudson1.1
          S. Gaviglio1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Means (W, 6-4)5.04113712.601.1017.5
          S. Armstrong (H, 4)2.00000304.121.377.5
          M. Castro (H, 3)0.21111105.501.40-2.5
          R. Bleier (H, 2)0.10000007.271.440.0
          M. Givens (S, 6)1.00000204.821.2911.0
          Total9.05224131---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Means (W, 6-4)5.0
          S. Armstrong (H, 4)2.0
          M. Castro (H, 3)0.2
          R. Bleier (H, 2)0.1
          M. Givens (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Thornton 96-59, T. Mayza 15-9, D. Hudson 17-7, S. Gaviglio 20-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Thornton 4-7, D. Hudson 1-1, S. Gaviglio 1-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Thornton 25, T. Mayza 4, D. Hudson 4, S. Gaviglio 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 103-61, S. Armstrong 28-20, M. Castro 19-7, R. Bleier 4-2, M. Givens 15-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 3-4, S. Armstrong 1-2, M. Castro 1-0, R. Bleier 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Means 21, S. Armstrong 6, M. Castro 4, R. Bleier, M. Givens 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Villar doubled to deep left, Wilkerson scored24
            Grichuk doubled to shallow right, Gurriel scored23
          • 4TH INNING
            Santander doubled to right, Villar scored13
          • 3RD INNING
            Sisco doubled to deep left, Mancini scored12
            Mancini doubled to left center, Santander scored11
          • 1ST INNING
            Sogard homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Mychal Givens relieved Richard Bleier
            • Richie Martin at shortstop
            • Keon Broxton in center field
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hernandez flied out to shallow right
            • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Jansen struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Miguel Castro relieved Shawn Armstrong
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sogard struck out swinging
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Guerrero grounded out to second
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Grichuk doubled to shallow right, Gurriel scored
            • Richard Bleier relieved Miguel Castro
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Foul, Smoak grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Sam Gaviglio relieved Daniel Hudson
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Alberto grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wilkerson singled to right center
            • J. Villar: Villar doubled to deep left, Wilkerson scored
            • A. Santander: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Villar caught stealing third, catcher to shortstop to third
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Armstrong Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • D. Jansen: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Drury popped out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Hudson Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked
            • R. Ruiz: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ruiz grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Nunez out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Shawn Armstrong relieved John Means
            • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smoak lined out to left
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tim Mayza relieved Trent Thornton
            • C. Davis: Ball, Davis singled to shallow center
            • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wilkerson popped out to shortstop
            • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Santander singled to shallow right, Davis to second
            • Daniel Hudson relieved Tim Mayza
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini lined out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • D. Jansen: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
            • B. Drury: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Drury walked
            • E. Sogard: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sogard struck out looking
            • V. Guerrero: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Guerrero walked, Drury to second
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Strike swinging, Sisco grounded out to third
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Nunez fouled out to first
            • R. Ruiz: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ruiz doubled to deep right
            • H. Alberto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Alberto flied out to deep right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak popped out to second
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez singled to left
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Galvis grounded into double play third to second to first, Hernandez out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to right
            • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
            • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Villar doubled to deep right
            • A. Santander: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Santander doubled to right, Villar scored
            • T. Mancini: Mancini grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sogard singled to left center
            • V. Guerrero: Guerrero flied out to deep right
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gurriel flied out to right
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk flied out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • A. Santander: Santander singled to deep right
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Mancini doubled to left center, Santander scored
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Sisco doubled to deep left, Mancini scored
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nunez singled to left, Sisco to third
            • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
            • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Alberto flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Galvis singled to left
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Jansen struck out looking
            • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sisco walked
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked, Sisco to second
            • R. Ruiz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
            • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Alberto flied out to center
            • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis walked, Sisco to third, Nunez to second
            • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Foul, Wilkerson grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Means Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Foul, Sogard homered to right
            • V. Guerrero: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Guerrero struck out on foul tip
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to first
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grichuk walked
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul on 1st baseman Davis dropped ball error, Foul, Foul, Smoak grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Villar flied out to left
            • A. Santander: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Santander grounded out to second
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)