SAN FRANCISCO — Giants RHP Yusmeiro Petit set a major-league record by retiring 46 consecutive batters.
Petit set down the first eight Rockies hitters he faced Thursday, setting the record by striking out Charlie Culberson and drawing a standing ovation at AT&T Park. That broke the mark held by LHP Mark Buehrle with 45 in a row for the White Sox in 2009, a stretch that included a perfect game against the Rays.
The streak ended when the next batter, pitcher Jordan Lyles, doubled to leftfield.
"I think it's like a reward for all the work I have put into my pitching," Petit, 29, 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's string covered eight games, six of them in relief. He made this start in place of struggling RHP Tim Lincecum.
NIX, NOT AIKEN: Major League Baseball could be helping the Astros come to a resolution with fifth-round draft pick Jacob Nix, not No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken as previously reported, according to cbssports.com. Nix, a California high school right-hander, had a binding agreement to sign with Houston for $1.5 million, a deal that fell apart when the Astros failed to sign Aiken and lost much of their draft pool allotment.
BRAVES: LH reliever Jonny Venters was shut down after he tore an elbow ligament while trying to come back from his second Tommy John surgery.
D'BACKS: OF Nolan Reimold was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays.
DODGERS: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, out since Aug. 16 with a strained right buttock, felt good a day after throwing a two-inning simulated game and could return from the disabled list by Monday.
METS: 3B David Wright, who hadn't played since leaving Sunday's game with neck spasms, returned to the starting lineup.
PHILLIES: Team president David Montgomery will take a medical leave of absence while recovering from jaw cancer surgery. He'll be replaced by former GM Pat Gillick.
ROYALS: INF Jayson Nix was claimed off waivers from the Pirates.
YANKEES: Rookie RHP Masahiro Tanaka threw 49 pitches in a simulated game and did not report any unusual pain as he recovers from a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.