Giants' Petit sets record, retiring 46th batter in a row
ONE STRIKE shy from a perfect game last September, Yusmeiro Petit refused to let another chance at baseball history slip away.
Petit set a major league record when he retired his 46th batter in a row, and the San Francisco Giants beat visiting Colorado, 4-1, yesterday for their third straight win.
"I think it's like a reward for all the work I have put into my pitching," Petit said through a translator. "I think God gave me a second opportunity, and I said to myself, 'He's giving me another opportunity. This time, I'm not going to allow myself to not do it.' "
Petit (4-3) got the first eight hitters, establishing the mark by striking out Charlie Culberson. That broke Mark Buehrle's record of 45 straight with the Chicago White Sox in 2009.
The announced sellout crowd of 41,017 at AT&T Park gave Petit a standing ovation after he fanned Culberson. The string ended two pitches later when the next batter, Rockies starter Jordan Lyles (6-2), doubled to leftfield. Charlie Blackmon followed with a single to drive in Colorado's only run.
"I was a little nervous when the hitters were advancing toward the record. But in that pitch to the pitcher, I was not nervous," Petit said. "I was doing my job. The first pitch was fine. The second pitch was fine, too, but it slid a little bit where I didn't want it to."
Petit's streak covered eight games, six of them in relief. He also surpassed Jim Barr's NL record of 41 in a row with the Giants in 1972, carving out his own slice of baseball lore after Eric Chavez wrecked Petit's perfect game against Arizona with a two-out single in the ninth last year.
The 29-year-old journeyman from Venezuela made the start in place of struggling Tim Lincecum, who was available out of the bullpen. Petit allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked none, pitching out of the stretch the entire game.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he will weigh his options but admitted it will be hard to take Petit out of the rotation.
"What a roll to get on to have that kind of record," Bochy said. "As long as this game's been going on, now he's got it."
Gregor Blanco hit a two-run homer, Angel Pagan had three singles and two others drove in a run to supply all the support Petit needed.
Jean Machi and Sergio Romo each tossed a scoreless inning of relief, and Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in 16 chances.
Lyles (6-2) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. But his biggest contribution might have come with his bat, hitting a four-seam fastball clocked at 89 mph.
"That might be a trivia answer some day," he said.
In NL games
* At Cincinnati, Billy Hamilton stole his 51st base and the Reds swiped six in all, beating the Chicago Cubs, 7-2. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each stole twice, and Kristopher Negron added one more. The Reds stole six times in the first four innings, using six hits and four walks to build a 6-0 lead against Jake Arrieta (7-5). Cincinnati stole three in a three-run second inning and two in a three-run fourth.
* At New York, Mike Minor took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning after hitting a double and single himself, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Mets, 6-1. Minor (6-8) had an RBI single in the second for the game's first run, then doubled and scored in the eighth.
In Mets news, reliever Vic Black went on the disabled list because of a herniated disk in his neck and righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka was activated after being on the DL since July 26 with elbow inflammation. Also, second baseman Daniel Murphy went on the DL with a strained right calf.
In Braves news, lefthander Jonny Venters was shut down for the rest of the season after the reliever tore an elbow ligament while trying to come back from his second Tommy John surgery. Venters, 29, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012, a season after he made the NL All-Star team.
In AL games
* At Detroit, Alex Avila hit an RBI single off the wall in rightfield with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees.
* At Baltimore, J.J. Hardy singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, to lengthen their lead in the AL East. Steve Pearce homered for the Orioles, who took three of four from the sinking Rays.
* At Chicago, Carlos Carrasco (6-4) allowed one run and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings to help the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 win over the White Sox.
* At Houston, Jason Castro's grand slam lifted the Astros over the Texas Rangers, 4-2.
* The New York Yankees acquired lefthander Josh Outman in a trade with the Cleveland Indians. Outman has spent time with the Indians and Triple A Columbus this season. He was in the minors at the time of the deal. The Indians will receive a player to be named or cash.