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09/07/2013 12:50 am ET Updated Sep 07, 2013

Yusmeiro Petit Misses Perfect Game: Eric Chavez Singles With Two Outs In Ninth For D-Backs (VIDEO/GIF)

In just his third start of the 2013 season, Yusmeiro Petit was nearly perfect for the San Francisco Giants.

The 28-year-old righty retired the first 26 batters that the Arizona Diamondbacks sent to the plate on Friday night at AT&T Park. Down to his last out, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson sent pinch-hitter Eric Chavez to the plate. The veteran reserve ran the count full and Petit challenged him with a 89-mph four-seam fastball. With perfection on the line and the fans in San Francisco on their feet, Chavez dropped a base hit just in front of a charging Hunter Pence.

GIF: Chavez Ends Perfect Game Bid

After losing both the perfect game and the no-hitter on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth inning, Petit climbed back on the hill and retired A.J. Pollock to nail down the Giants' 3-0 win. Shortly after the game, Pence took to Twitter to congratulate his teammate and share his emotions after coming within a foot of sealing the 24th perfect game in MLB history.

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