SAN FRANCISCO -- Yusmeiro Petit fell one strike short of a perfect game last September against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Over the past month, he has found a different way to etch his name into the history book.
Petit retired the first eight hitters he faced Thursday, setting an MLB record for most consecutive batters retired. Over eight appearances since July 22, Petit set down 46 straight, edging Mark Buehrle's previous MLB record of 45 straight.
He entered the day with a streak of 38 straight outs going back to Marlon Byrd's double in the fifth inning of Petit's start in Philadelphia on July 22. The appearances since have all been out of the bullpen, but Petit had no issues readjusting to life in the rotation. He was given Thursday's start when the Giants moved struggling right-hander Tim Lincecum out of the rotation.
Charlie Blackmon led off the game with a hard-hit ball to right, but Hunter Pence hardly had to move. After striking out DJ LeMahieu, Petit went 3-2 on Justin Morneau and got a flyout to the warning track in center. When Nolan Arenado flied out to deep center in the second, Petit had broken Jim Barr's franchise and National League record. Barr retired 41 straight in August of 1972.
He tied the record in the third by striking out former Fresno Grizzlies teammate Jackson Williams, and broke it with a strikeout of former Giant Charlie Culberson. Petit's record was shown on the scoreboard at AT&T Park and he was given a long standing ovation. The record run ended quickly. Opposing pitcher Jordan Lyles followed with a double to the left field corner.
Petit lost a perfect game last September 6 when Eric Chavez poked a two-out, ninth-inning single just out of the reach of right fielder Hunter Pence.
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