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Royals minor-leaguer takes no-hitter into seventh inning

Glenn Sparkman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Friday night as Class A-Advanced Wilmington beat Winston-Salem 5-0.

Sparkman, a right-hander, had a no-no for 6 1/3 innings before allowing a single. He went seven innings, allowing just the single with nine strikeouts.

"That was the furthest I have taken a no-hitter into a game, dating back even as far as Little League,” Sparkman said of the Blue Rocks’ web site. I” didn't really think about it though, because when you start getting that in your mind you lose focus on what you're supposed to do and lose track of the task at hand. So I kept going out there every inning with a fresh slate, just focused on pounding the strike zone."

Kyle Bartsch pitched two innings of one-hit ball to finish off the shutout.

Center fielder Bubba Starling hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and DH Michael Antonio had three hits. First baseman Mark Threlkeld had two hits and scored twice.

Other games

**Left-hander John Lamb allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings as Class AAA Omaha lost 6-1 to Colorado Springs. Tim Collins pitched two shutout innings, walking two and striking out a pair. Carlos Peguero and Jimmy Paredes each had two hits.

**Class AA Northwest Arkansas had just four singles in a 6-1 loss to Midland. Left-hander Sam Selman, 3-6, allowed five runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three.

**Matt Alvarez allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth inning and Class A Lexington lost 7-6 to Asheville. Starter Jake Junis gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings. Shortstop Kenny Diekroeger hit a solo homer, while second baseman Carlos Garcia had three hits.

**Second baseman Luis Valenzuela had three hits and scored three runs and Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls beat Ogden 8-4. Third baseman Mike Hill hit a two-run homer for the Chukars.

**Logan Moon had three hits and scored twice helping Rookie-Burlington to a 7-2 win over Danville. Starter Christian Flecha allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked one. Cristian Cano, D.J. Burt and Manny Olloque each had two hits.

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