Keys' Maine wins 7-inning no-hitter, 3-0


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - John Maine pitched a seven-inning no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader with the Winston-Salem Warthogs last night to lead the Frederick Keys to a 3-0 victory in the Single-A Carolina League.

Maine (1-0), making his second start since joining the Keys from lower-level Single-A Delmarva, struck out six. The Warthogs' only runner reached on an error by first baseman Mike Huggins, whose team-leading ninth home run gave Frederick a 1-0 lead.

Maine, the Orioles' sixth-round pick in the 2002 amateur draft, earned the call-up from Delmarva by going 7-3 with a 1.53 ERA in 12 starts, striking out 108 and walking 18 in 76 1/3 innings.

His no-hitter was the first for the Keys since Josh McNatt, Jeremy Halpin and Derek Brown combined for one in 1999. The last Keys pitcher to throw a complete-game no-hitter was Erik Schullstrom in 1991.

In the first game, the Warthogs' Franklin Francisco threw a one-hitter, beating the Keys, 2-0.

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