Ricky Nolasco struck out nine straight Atlanta Braves and set a Marlins record with 16 strikeouts – the most by a major league pitcher in more than two years – in Florida’s 5-4 victory Wednesday night at Atlanta. Nolasco’s nine consecutive strikeouts in one game were one short of the big league record set 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. Nolasco’s 16 strikeouts were the most in the majors since Johan Santana fanned 17 for Minnesota against Texas on Aug. 19, 2007, according to STATS LLC.
– Associated Press