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San Francisco Giants RHP Yusmeiro Petit retires 46 straight batters to set MLB record

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SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit has set a major league record by retiring 46 consecutive batters.

Petit set down the first eight Colorado hitters he faced Thursday, setting the record by striking out Charlie Culberson and drawing a standing ovation at AT&T Park. That broke the mark held by Mark Buehrle with 45 in a row for the Chicago White Sox in 2009.

PHOTO: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws Colorado Rockies in the first inning of their game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws Colorado Rockies in the first inning of their game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The streak ended when the next batter, Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles, doubled to left field.

Petit's string covered eight games, six of them in relief.

The 29-year-old journeyman from Venezuela fell one out shy of a perfect game against Arizona last September. Petit made this start in place of struggling Tim Lincecum, who was recently sent to the bullpen.

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