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Bell, Adams hit milestones

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Two Padres relievers recorded milestone performances Wednesday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

However, closer Heath Bell said he preferred the mark tied by setup man Mike Adams than his personal record.

Bell successfully converted his 39th straight save opportunity in the second game of the doubleheader. His streak dates back to last May 25 and is the second-longest run in Padres history to Trevor Hoffman's 41-save streak over the 1997-98 seasons.

Bell's steak is also tied for the seventh longest in major league history. He saved San Diego's 5-4 win.

In the first game, won 2-1 by the Cubs in 11 innings, Adams retired the first two hitters he faced in the eighth. That stretched his streak of consecutive hitters retired to 28 straight -- or one more than a perfect game.

Adams' run ended when Kosuke Fukudome singled with two outs in the eighth.

The streak matches the longest in Padres history. Bruce Hurst retired 28 straight hitters over back-to-back starts on April 10 and April 15, 1989.

Adams' streak began in the season opener in St. Louis after he gave up a homer to Matt Holliday.

"Twenty-eight straight hitters retired, that's really impressive," Bell said. "That's a perfect game and then some, actually one. But no one got on by a walk or a checked swing or a roller. That is something."

Adams said, "I'll take it, although I know no one is looking at this the same way you would a perfect game. But when you do look at it, it's pretty impressive."

Adams' streak of 28 straight hitters retired came over a stretch of 10 relief appearances.

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