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Means tosses 7-inning no-hitter for Shorebirds

Orioles No. 29 prospect throws a 7-inning no-no for Class A Delmarva

John Means tossed a seven-inning no-hitter for Class A Delmarva on Friday evening.

The Orioles' No. 29 prospect on the revamped Top 30 Rankings had not thrown a complete game in 29 previous starts, but he only needed 78 pitches -- including 57 strikes -- to sit down 21 straight Charleston hitters and win the first half of the teams' doubleheader, 4-0.

The victory pushed Means' record to 8-7 and cut his ERA from 3.74 to 3.48 in 20 starts for the Shorebirds this season. An 11th-round Draft pick last summer, he has not allowed an earned run in his past 16 2/3 innings, going back to a win over Greensboro on July 19.

Delmarva is 19-14 after winning three straight games and sits in second place in the second-half South Atlantic League Northern standings. The team's roster also features No. 4 prospect Jomar Reyes, a third baseman in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak.

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for
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