By Manny Randhawa/MLB.com

 

CINCINNATI — With a strikeout of Jordy Mercer in the ninth inning of Friday’s 6-5 win over the Pirates, Aroldis Chapman set a Major League record, dating back to 1900, for most consecutive relief appearances with a strikeout, fanning a batter in his 40th consecutive game.

His streak began on Aug. 21, 2013.Chapman surpassed Bruce Sutter, who did so in 39 straight games from June 1-Oct. 2, 1977.

“I’m proud and happy that I’ve got the record,” Chapman said through translator Thomas Vera. “[Since Thursday] when I learned that it was a record that I tied, it was on my mind, and now I feel happy that I have it, and I pray that I have the ability to extend the record.”

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