Giants Pitcher Sets Mark
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, right, walks off the field as Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off single to score Bryan Holladay against the New York Yankees in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Detroit Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Detroit won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
San Francisco — Yusmeiro 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.
Petit (4-3) got the first eight Colorado 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.
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.
The 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.
Petit, a 29-year-old journeyman from Venezuela, struck out nine in six innings. Santiago Casilla got three outs for his 12th save.
Lyles (6-2) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings.
Braves 6, Mets 1
New York — Mike Minor took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning after hitting a double and single himself, leading Atlanta over New York.
Minor (6-8) had an RBI single in the second for the game’s first run, then doubled and scored in the eighth.
Minor was perfect for four innings before Lucas Duda led off the fifth with a single that just barely touched the glove of leaping shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
The Mets didn’t have a runner in scoring position until Travis d’Arnaud opened the eighth with a double. Eric Campbell followed with an RBI single, finishing Minor.
Minor gave up four hits, struck out five and walked none.
Reds 7, Cubs 2
Cincinnati — Billy Hamilton stole his 51st base and Cincinnati swiped six in all.
Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each stole two bases, and Kristopher Negron added one more.
The Reds had six steals in the first four innings, using six hits and four walks to build a 6-0 lead against Jake Arrieta (7-5).
Cincinnati’s Dylan Axelrod (1-0) struck out eight while pitching five scoreless innings.
Cozart had three hits, including a double, and scored three times.
Tigers 3, Yankees 2
Detroit — Alex Avila hit an RBI single with two out in the bottom of the ninth, lifting Detroit past New York.
A day after David Price gave up nine straight hits, the Tigers sent Kyle Lobstein to the mound for his first major league start. The rookie performed well, allowing one earned run in six innings.
Then Detroit’s bullpen held off New York until the Tigers scored in the ninth off Shawn Kelley (2-5). Victor Martinez led off with a double through a shifted infield, and then Kelley walked J.D. Martinez before striking out Nick Castellanos and pinch-hitter Torii Hunter.
Avila followed with a drive to the wall in right. Kelley flung his glove to the ground as soon as Avila connected.
Phil Coke (2-2) got one out for the win.
Orioles 5, Rays 4
Baltimore — J.J. Hardy singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and the Orioles beat Tampa Bay to lengthen their lead in the AL East.
Steve Pearce homered for the Orioles, who took three of four from the sinking Rays. The victory, combined with the Yankees’ loss to Detroit, put Baltimore seven games ahead of New York with 30 games remaining.
With the score 4-all in the seventh, Nelson Cruz doubled with two outs off Kirby Yates (0-2). After Chris Davis received an intentional walk, Hardy hit an opposite-field bloop to right that gave the Orioles their first lead.
Andrew Miller (4-5) pitched 12⁄3 hitless innings and Zach Britton worked a perfect ninth for his 29th save.
Evan Longoria homered and drove in two runs for the Rays, who lost their second road series in the last 11.