The Tampa Bay Rays spoiled Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Mean returned to the mound on Tuesday night with a 9-3 win. Means made three appearances in the minors prior to returning to the Orioles following a shoulder strain he suffered in early June.
Randy Arozarena opened the game, doubling off Means followed by a single from Vidal Brujan for the game's first run, and Wander Franco plated him with a sacrifice fly to give the Rays a 2-0 advantage.
Means faced the minimum in the second but gave up a solo home run to Arozarena in the third. Then, in the fourth, Francisco Mejia blasted a two-run home run, giving Tampa pay a 5-1 lead. He went 1-2-3 in the fifth before leaving the game.
Means tossed five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, and struck out two.
The former Mountaineer was 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 12 starts this season before returning to the Orioles.
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