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Yusmeiro Petit misses perfection, Giants win 3-0

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, right, throws against Eric Chavez, left, in the ninth inning of their baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in San Francisco. Chavez singled off Petit to break up a perfect game. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO — One more strike. Another couple of feet on a line drive.

That's all that stood between Yusmeiro Petit and one of the most unlikely perfect games in history.

Petit lost his bid for a perfect game on Eric Chavez's pinch-hit single with two out in the ninth, and then recovered to retire the final batter in the San Francisco Giants' 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

"It doesn't get any closer than that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "A strike away and a couple feet away from catching it. Just a beautiful game that he pitched."

Petit (3-0) retired the first 26 batters in a remarkably efficient performance, and then got two strikes on Chavez before unleashing a tempting curveball. But the veteran third baseman laid off that 2-2 curveball that Petit was certain he would chase.

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