Baseball: Orioles' Fujinami sets new speed mark in win over Mets

Baltimore Orioles hurler Shintaro Fujinami threw his fastest recorded pitch Sunday while helping his side to a 2-0 win over the visiting New York Mets.

The Japanese right-hander's fastball was clocked at 102.6 miles (165 kilometers) per hour as he struck out his second batter, DJ Stewart, during a perfect eighth inning at Camden Yards.

The pitch eclipsed a 101.4-mph Shohei Ohtani fastball known to be the fastest thrown by the two-way superstar in MLB.

Fujinami struck out two and finished the frame in just nine pitches, all thrown for strikes, to earn his fourth hold as the Orioles extended their winning streak to four games.

Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde singled out Fujinami for praise after the performance, which marked a turnaround from his most recent high-leverage outing last Wednesday in Toronto, where he entered a tie game and departed with a three-run deficit.

"That was the best stuff we've seen from Fuji. Fantastic and dominating stuff," Hyde said.

Ohtani threw a Japanese-record 165 kph during a 2016 game for Nippon Professional Baseball's Nippon Ham Fighters, with Lotte Marines ace Roki Sasaki equaling the mark this March.

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