Nats Triple-A player Watson connects in 43 straight games

Updated: June 18, 2007, 11:39 PM ET news services

OTTAWA -- Brandon Watson extended his hitting streak to 43 games Sunday, breaking a 95-year-old International League record.

Watson hit a leadoff single off J.D. Durbin in the sixth and finished 1-for-5 in Clippers' 11-inning loss.

Jack Lelivelt set the IL record for the Rochester Hustlers in 1912.

"I've always been proud of myself, but it's a team game," Watson said Saturday after tying the record. "Individually, I feel I'm doing well, but, in the end, I want my team to do well, too. If I play well, then my team will do good."

Watson played 35 major league games in 2005 and '06, batting .176.

The Clippers are the Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.