Marlins' Pitcher Strikes Out Nine Consecutive Batters

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ATLANTA (AP) - Florida Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco has struck out nine consecutive batters against the Atlanta Braves, one short of the major league record.

The streak ended with a leadoff double by Adam LaRoche in the sixth inning Wednesday night. Nolasco fanned 12 through five innings, retiring 14 of his first 15 batters.

The big league record for consecutive strikeouts in a game is 10 by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver for the New York Mets on April 22, 1970, against San Diego.

Seaver struck out 19 in that game at Shea Stadium, including his final 10 batters in a 2-1 victory.