SAN FRANCISCO — 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 the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Thursday 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.
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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, doubled to left field.
“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.”
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