Nolasco retires 14 of first 15 batters

Updated: September 30, 2009, 9:25 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Florida Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco struck out nine consecutive Atlanta Braves batters Wednesday night, one short of the major league record.

The streak ended with a leadoff double by Adam LaRoche in the sixth inning. Nolasco fanned 12 through five innings, retiring 14 of his first 15 batters. He had 15 strikeouts through seven innings, setting a team record.

The big league record for consecutive strikeouts in a game is 10 by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver for the New York Mets on April 22, 1970, against the San Diego Padres.

Seaver struck out 19 in that game at Shea Stadium, including his final 10 batters in a 2-1 victory.

The record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game is 20, set by Roger Clemens (twice) and Kerry Wood. Randy Johnson also struck out 20 in the first nine innings of an 11-inning game for the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 8, 2001.


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