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Justin Verlander ties postseason record with six straight strikeouts

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Justin Verlander tied a postseason strikeout record in the span of three innings in Game 3.
Justin Verlander tied a postseason strikeout record in the span of three innings in Game 3. (USATSI)

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DETROIT -- After walking David Ortiz to lead off the second inning, Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander tied a postseason record by striking out the next six batters he faced. It could have been seven straight had Shane Victorino not popped up to foul territory in a 1-1 count to leadoff the fourth.

The all-time record for most consecutive strikeouts in a regular-season game is 10, held by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver. He did it in April 1970. The American League record for most consecutive strikeouts is nine, held by Doug Fister, Verlander's teammate. He set the record last September and is scheduled to start Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

Following the sixth consecutive strikeout, the Red Sox had struck out 38 times in 69 at-bats in the ALCS, or 55.1-percent. The Tigers pitching staff set a major-league record with 1,428 strikeouts in 2013.

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