HOUSTON (AP) _ Left-hander Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out five consecutive batters in the fourth and fifth innings of Tuesday night’s 57th All-Star Game to equal the 52-year-old record set by Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants.
Valenzuela, who pitched three innings, replaced National League starter Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets at the beginning of the fourth inning.
The Dodger ace struck out pinch-hitter Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees to start the inning and then got Baltimore’s Cal Ripken and Toronto’s Jesse Barfield, another pinch-hitter, on called third strikes.
In the fifth inning, Valenzuela threw called third strikes past Detroit’s Lou Whitaker, who hit a two-run homer off Gooden in the second inning, and Milwaukee pitcher Teddy Higuera to tie Hubbell’s record.
Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett ended the streak by grounding out to end the inning.
Hubbell set his record on July 10, 1934, by striking out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in succession. Hubbell and his five victims later were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Valenzuela became the eighth pitcher in All-Star history to retire the side on strikeouts. He struck out the side in the fourth inning of the 1984 game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Gooden then struck out the side in the fifth inning.
In that same game, Bill Caudill of the American League struck out the side in the seventh inning.
Boston’s Wade Boggs singled in the sixth to become the only baserunner against Valenzuela.