Braves' Strider fans 12, sets rookie record in loss

by Daryn Albert - Braves starter Spencer Strider became the first rookie since 1900 with at least 11 strikeouts and two or fewer hits allowed in consecutive starts.

Atlanta Braves rookie Spencer Strider fans 12, makes history in loss play Strider makes history with first 9 outs via strikeout (0:46) Spencer Strider becomes the first pitcher in Braves franchise history to record each of his first nine outs via strikeout. (0:46) 11:55 PM ET ESPN News Services ATLANTA -- Braves rookie Spencer Strider made history after another sterling outing on Thursday night as he struck out 12 and gave up just two hits across six innings against the St. Louis Cardinals . He became the first rookie since 1900 with at least 11 strikeouts and two or fewer hits allowed in consecutive starts. Strider struck out 11 and gave up just one hit in last week's win over the Reds. It's been an incredible start to the former fourth-round draft pick's MLB career -- he's struck out 102 in 65 2/3 innings this year, the fourth-most strikeouts in a pitcher's first eight career starts in the last 30 years. Most Ks in 1st 8 Career Starts 1998 Kerry Wood CHC 72 2010 Stephen Strasburg WSH 68 2014 Masahiro Tanaka NYY 66 2022 Spencer Strider ATL 65 2002 Mark Prior CHC 60 >>>Last 30 Years Strider (4-2) mixed a fastball that regularly touched 99 mph and a high 80s slider that was equally effective, recording a strikeout in each of the first nine outs on Thursday to mark the first time that's happened since the Braves debuted in Atlanta in 1966. Strider, 23, gave up a bloop double to Paul Goldschmidt and a walk to Nolan Arenado in the first but struck out Nolan Gorman to end the threat. He struck out the side and faced the minimum in the second. The hard-throwing right-hander topped 100 mph for the first time when Brendan Donovan was caught looking for the second out of the third, his seventh straight strikeout before Juan Yepez lined a clean opposite-field single. Goldschmidt whiffed to end the inning. Arenado popped up to begin the fourth, the first out that was put in play by the Cardinals. Strider struck out three more the rest of the way. The outing lowered his ERA on the season to 2.60. The Braves ultimately lost Thursday's game in extra innings, as Dylan Carlson hit a tiebreaking single in the top of the 11th inning to give St. Louis a 3-2 victory. The Associated Press and ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this story.