Aaron Harang fans nine straight

Updated: April 14, 2012, 2:41 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang set a franchise record Friday night by striking out nine consecutive batters against the San Diego Padres. Los Angeles went on to win 9-8.

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Harang fell one strikeout short of the all-time major league record of 10 by Hall of Fame right-hander Tom Seaver of the New York Mets on April 22, 1970, also against the Padres.

Harang broke the 50-year-old Dodgers mark of eight consecutive strikeouts set by Johnny Podres against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 2, 1962.

The string of strikeouts began immediately after Harang gave up a lead-off single to Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin. It ended when Will Venable led off the top of the fourth with a home run.

Harang finished with 13 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings and received a no-decision.

Harang, an 11-year veteran, was making just his second start for the Dodgers after they signed him last winter to a two-year, $12 million free-agent contract with an $8 million club option for 2014.

He struggled in his first start for the Dodgers against the Padres on Sunday at Petco Park, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits with five walks and lasting just 4 1/3 innings.

Harang spent last season with the Padres, going 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA.

Tony Jackson

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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