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Record-setting Petit leads Giants past Rockies 4-1

AP Sports Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) 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.

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. Charlie Blackmon followed with a single to drive in Colorado's only run.

''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.''

Petit's streak covered eight games, six of them in relief. He also surpassed Jim Barr's NL record of 41 in a row with the Giants in 1972, carving out his own slice of baseball lore after Eric Chavez wrecked Petit's perfect game against Arizona with a two-out single in the ninth last year.

The 29-year-old journeyman from Venezuela made the start in place of struggling Tim Lincecum, who was available out of the bullpen. Petit allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked none, pitching out of the stretch the entire game.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he will weigh his options but admitted it will be hard to take Petit out of the rotation.

''What a roll to get on to have that kind of record,'' Bochy said. ''As long as this game's been going on, now he's got it.''

Gregor Blanco hit a two-run homer, Angel Pagan had three singles and two others drove in a run to supply all the support Petit needed.

Jean Machi and Sergio Romo each tossed a scoreless inning of relief, and Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in 16 chances.

Lyles (6-2) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. But his biggest contribution might have come with his bat, hitting a four-seam fastball clocked at 89 mph.

''That might be a trivia answer some day,'' he said.


Rockies: LHP Jorge De La Rosa remains on track to make his next start Sunday at Arizona after bruising his left thumb while batting Tuesday.

Giants: SS Brandon Crawford was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day with what Bochy called ''general soreness.'' He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. ... 1B Michael Morse was given the day off.

BABY BELT: Giants 1B Brandon Belt's wife, Haylee, gave birth to the couple's first child Wednesday night. A team spokesman said the boy, Greyson Ellis Belt, was 10 pounds and 20 1-2 inches.

FIRST HIT: Rockies catcher Jackson Williams singled to center in the fifth for his first career hit. Williams was drafted in the first round by the Giants in 2007 before signing a minor league deal with Colorado this year. ''I've been talking with the guys here about being called up in San Francisco after spending six years with those guys. It's something cool to remember,'' Williams said.


Rockies: RHP Christian Bergman (1-2, 6.75 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Arizona. He earned his first career victory in his last start against Miami, allowing four runs in 6 1-3 innings.

Giants: RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-9, 3.78 ERA) goes for his first victory at home since May 24 when he takes the mound in the opener of a three-game series against Milwaukee.

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Players of the Game
San Francisco

G. Blanco
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

J. Lyles
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 3
BB 3
K 5

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Colorado Rockies
Charlie Blackmon, CF4011001.288.335.431
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3000111.265.317.338
Justin Morneau, 1B4000011.314.357.495
Nolan Arenado, 3B4010001.301.342.507
Corey Dickerson, LF3000112.315.369.578
Brandon Barnes, RF3000021.245.285.414
Jackson Williams, C2010110.500.667.500
Charlie Culberson, SS2000021.191.256.301
   a-Josh Rutledge, PH-SS1000001.251.300.381
Jordan Lyles, P2110011.216.256.351
   Matt Belisle, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Matt McBride, PH1000001.250.308.500
   Juan Nicasio, P0000000.083.080.083
a-hit into fielder's choice for Culberson in the 8th
b-fouled out for Belisle in the 8th
2B - Jordan Lyles (2, Petit)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (61)
2-OUT RBI - Charlie Blackmon (15)
CS - Corey Dickerson (6, 2nd base by Petit/Susac)
Team LOB - 4
Colorado Rockies
Jordan Lyles (L,6-2) 6433351 4.08
Matt Belisle 1200010 4.55
Juan Nicasio 1211100 5.89
WP - Juan Nicasio (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 100-57, Matt Belisle 30-21, Juan Nicasio 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 8-5, Juan Nicasio 1-2
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 25, Matt Belisle 5, Juan Nicasio 6
San Francisco Giants
Angel Pagan, CF4130000.301.342.391
Joe Panik, 2B3010101.298.348.358
Buster Posey, 1B4000004.289.345.461
Pablo Sandoval, 3B2210200.285.330.429
Hunter Pence, RF3011011.286.339.466
Gregor Blanco, LF3112112.249.323.338
Andrew Susac, C4011013.231.286.410
Matt Duffy, SS4000000.222.282.250
Yusmeiro Petit, P2000020.000.000.000
   Jean Machi, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Brandon Crawford, PH1000010.227.311.368
   Sergio Romo, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Travis Ishikawa, PH1000002.250.275.438
   Santiago Casilla, P0000000.000.000.000
a-struck out for Machi in the 7th
b-flied out for Romo in the 8th
HR - Gregor Blanco (3, Lyles)
SF - Hunter Pence (3)
RBI - Hunter Pence (59), Gregor Blanco 2 (26), Andrew Susac (9)
SB - Angel Pagan (13, 2nd base off Lyles/Williams)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Panik-Duffy-Posey
San Francisco Giants
Yusmeiro Petit (W,4-3) 6411090 3.44
Jean Machi (H,15) 1000100 1.57
Sergio Romo (H,5) 1000100 3.99
Santiago Casilla (S,12) 1000100 1.68
Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 81-59, Jean Machi 7-3, Sergio Romo 13-7, Santiago Casilla 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 1-7, Jean Machi 1-1, Sergio Romo 1-2, Santiago Casilla 1-2
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 21, Jean Machi 3, Sergio Romo 4, Santiago Casilla 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41017
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jim Joyce