San Francisco Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record Thursday by retiring 46 consecutive batters.
Petit set down the first eight Colorado Rockies hitters he faced, setting the record by striking out Charlie Culberson. He broke the mark held by Mark Buehrle of 45 in a row for the Chicago White Sox in 2009.
“I’m very happy to be able to establish this new record,” said Petit, via MLB.com. “At the beginning, I didn’t know about it, but in Washington I learned I had a streak going, and I tried to focus and do everything possible.”
The streak ended when Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles doubled to left field.
Petit, 29, began amassing his record total at the end of a July 22 start at Philadelphia.
“It’s really incredible, when you think about it,” Giant manager Bruce Bochy said. “This game has been played a long time, and it’s quite a record to be proud of. It’s amazing to me.”
Petit (4-3) went on to pick up the win in a 4-1 victory over Colorado.