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MLB: Marlins’ Pablo Lopez fans first nine Braves to set MLB record

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Miami right-hander Pablo Lopez set a major league record on Sunday by striking out the first nine Atlanta Braves to lead the host Marlins to a 7-4 victory.

The previous record of eight straight strikeouts to start a game was shared by German Marquez of the Colorado Rockies in 2018, Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets in 2014 and Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros in 1986.

“I wanted to execute and not leave anything out over the plate to those guys,” Lopez said “I just wanted to get ahead in the count and use my purpose pitches to set up other pitches.”

The record for most consecutive Ks at any point in a game is 10, set by the Mets’ Tom Seaver in 1970 and matched by the Philadelphia Phillies’ Aaron Nola last month.

Lopez’s streak was snapped when Atlanta right fielder Ehire Adrianza led off the fourth inning with a groundout to first base.

Lopez (5-5) went six innings and didn’t strike out any batters over his final three frames. He allowed three runs, five hits and two walks.

The 25-year-old Venezuelan said the performance occurred on the one-year anniversary of his father’s death.

“There were a lot of emotions and mixed feelings out there today. My dad meant so much to me in my progression,” Lopez said. “Being able to perform and get (that accomplishment) was really cool and really special.”

Lopez has struck out 111 in 101 innings over 19 starts and one relief appearance. The four-year veteran owns a 3.03 ERA.

Lopez only lasted one pitch in his previous start. He was ejected after hitting Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. with the first pitch of the game on Friday.

–Field Level Media

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