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Utley's hitting streak reaches 28

Utley's hitting streak reaches 28

PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley is now halfway to Joe DiMaggio.

The Phillies second baseman extended his hitting streak to 28 games with a single in the eighth inning of the Philadelphia's 4-1 loss to Florida on Friday night. The base hit off reliever Taylor Tankersley gave Utley 28 to go to tie DiMaggio's record streak set in 1941.

Utley could get nothing going against starter Ricky Nolasco, who held the Phillies to just one hit in 7 1/3 innings. But then again, Utley didn't get much of a chance.

After Utley popping out in his first at-bat, Nolasco hit the All-Star second baseman with a pitch in the shoulder -- almost the exact same spot that was hit the day before by Diamondbacks starter Claudio Vargas. Nolasco walked Utley in his third at-bat and was removed by the time he came up for his fourth and final appearance.

Utley is eight games short of the club record set in late 2005 and early 2006 by Jimmy Rollins. It's the third longest in Phillies history, also trailing Ed Delahanty's 1899 mark of 31.

The 28-game streak is the longest in the Majors this season.

Zachary Levine is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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