Peavy strikes out 9 straight, 1 shy of Seaver's record

PHOENIX -- San Diego's Jake Peavy fell one strike short of
Tom Seaver's major league record of 10 consecutive strikeouts and
fanned 16 strikeouts in seven innings against Arizona on Wednesday

Peavy had thrown 117 pitches when he was relieved by Scott
Linebrink to open the eighth inning with San Diego leading 2-0. The
strikeout record for a nine-inning game is 20, shared by
Roger Clemens (twice) and Kerry Wood.

Peavy, who matched his career-high for strikeouts, struck out
the side in the second, third and fourth innings.

Eric Byrnes, who began the streak, led off the fifth. With a 2-2
count, Byrnes fouled off a pair of pitches, then checked his swing.
First-base umpire Jeff Kellogg ruled he didn't go around, and
Byrnes then took ball four, which was outside.

Stephen Drew flied out, and Peavy struck out
Carlos Quentin.
Following a four-pitch walk to Chris Snyder, Peavy fanned pitcher
Brandon Webb for his 12th strikeout. Arizona manager Bob Melvin was
ejected by plate umpire Mike Reilly after Webb's at-bat began with
a called strike.

Seaver set the consecutive strikeouts record for the New York
Mets against San Diego on April 22, 1970, when he struck out his
final 10 batters -- and 19 in all.

Peavy had singled and run the bases in the top of the fifth. His
first eight strikeouts in the streak were swinging.

The streak began in the second inning, when Peavy struck out
Byrnes, Drew and Quentin.

In the third, Peavy struck out Chris Snyder -- who was thrown out
at first after catcher Pete Laforest dropped the pitch -- Webb and
Chris Young. Peavy had fallen behind Young 3-0.

In the fourth, Peavy fanned Alberto Callaspo,
Orlando Hudson and
Chad Tracy, who was called out.

San Diego's previous record for consecutive strikeouts in a game
was six, shared by four pitchers.