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Phillies' Aaron Nola strikes out 10 straight Mets batters, ties MLB record

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola throws a pitch in the fourth inning against the New York Mets on Friday at Citi Field in New York. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola throws a pitch in the fourth inning against the New York Mets on Friday at Citi Field in New York. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

June 25 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola recorded 10 straight strikeouts against the New York Mets on Friday, tying a MLB record that stood for more than five decades.

Nola equaled Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, who fanned his final 10 hitters for the Mets in a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres on April 22, 1970, at Shea Stadium in New York.

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Seaver's record for consecutive strikeouts held for 51 years until Nola struck out Michael Conforto to start the fourth inning in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field, which replaced Shea Stadium in 2009 on the same site in Queens.

"That's pretty cool, being in a category with Tom," Nola said after the game. "... Getting ahead in the count, 0-1, 0-2 and winning the 1-1 counts was big for me today. Then I could put them away with stuff."

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In the next at-bat after the Conforto strikeout, Mets slugger Pete Alonso halted Nola's remarkable stretch of punchouts when he reached across the plate and poked a slider down the right-field line for a double. Nola had Alonso in a 1-2 count before the hit.

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Nola said he wasn't aware of how close he was to Seaver's milestone until Alonso's plate appearance.

"When Alonso was up I kind of knew because they were chanting, 'Let's go, Pete,' so I knew something was going on," Nola said.

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Seven of Nola's strikeouts during his streak were swinging. He caught Dominic Smith, James McCann and Taijuan Walker looking.

Nola notched his 19th career double-digit strikeout game -- and third of this season -- with the streak.

Despite Nola's stellar outing, the Mets earned a 2-1 victory over the Phillies in the first game of the doubleheader.

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