NEW YORK — In the longest major league game in more than three years, Adeiny Hechavarria hit an RBI single in the 20th inning and the Miami Marlins outlasted the New York Mets 2-1 on Saturday, well after Matt Harvey left with lower back tightness following another stingy start.
Steve Cishek retired Daniel Murphy on a fly ball to the left-field warning track for the final out of a game that took 6 hours, 25 minutes. It started 5 1/2 hours before the Belmont Stakes about 13 miles away — and ended around an hour after winner Palace Malice crossed the finish line.
The last big league game to last as long also involved the Mets, according to STATS. It came when they beat St. Louis 2-1 in 20 innings on April 17, 2010.
It was the longest game by far in the history of Citi Field, which opened in 2009, and it matched the longest in Marlins’ history, a 7-6 loss to the Cardinals in 20 innings on April 27, 2003.
Harvey and Miami’s prized rookie, Jose Fernandez, hooked up in a pitchers’ duel early. And when neither punchless lineup could break a 1-all tie, the only savior for both teams was that neither had played since Wednesday, so they had fresh arms in the bullpen.
By the 13th inning, the game had been turned over to a pair of starters: Miami’s Kevin Slowey and Shaun Marcum for the Mets. Both were originally scheduled to start Saturday before getting skipped when Friday night’s game was rained out.
REDS 4, CARDINALS 2 Mat Latos turned in seven solid innings and the Cincinnati Reds broke out of their slump. Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco homered and drove in two runs, and Jay Bruce also homered as the Reds snapped a three-game losing streak and scored more than two runs against St. Louis for the first time in the last seven games between the teams. Latos (6-0), who got the decision in Cincinnati’s last win over St. Louis on April 29, allowed eight hits and two runs with no walks and five strikeouts against a Cardinals team that went into the game leading the National League in hitting. The Reds, who’d lost five of their last six games against St. Louis, scored four against St. Louis rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons (2-2). He gave up six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings before a sellout crowd of 40,740 at Great American Ball Park.
TWINS 4, NATIONALS 3: Ryan Doumit singled in the go-ahead run, and Joe Mauer homered, doubled and singled. Josh Roenicke (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win and Glen Perkins retired Washington in the 11th for his 13th save. Jayson Werth homered and former Twin Denard Span added three hits for Washington. Pinch hitter Chris Hermann drew a walk off Craig Stammen (3-2) to open the 10th. Jamey Carroll bunted him to second and Mauer was intentionally walked. Doumit then hit a soft line drive to short center, scoring Hermann. Trailing 3-2, the Nationals tied it against Twins starter Kevin Correia in the seventh.
PADRES 4, ROCKIES 2: Kyle Blanks hit a two-run homer and Eric Stults tossed seven solid innings. Everth Cabrera had three hits and stole two more bases, running his season total to a major league-leading 28. Jeff Francis (2-4) struggled in his first start since coming off the disabled list with a strained left groin. He allowed four runs and six hits in four innings. Stults (5-5) never really ran into trouble against his former team, giving up seven hits and two runs (one earned) for his first win in four starts.
BREWERS 4, PHILLIES 3: Jean Segura homered and Jonathan Lucroy hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth inning. Domonic Brown hit his NL-leading 19th home run, and had a two-run double in the eighth to account for all of the Phillies’ runs. Tyler Thornburg (1-0) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn his first major-league victory. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his fourth save in four chances.
BLUE JAYS 4, RANGERS 3: Rajai Davis’ RBI single in the 18th inning lifted Toronto over Texas in a game that matched the longest in club history for both teams. Texas equaled a season high with its third straight loss. Emilio Bonifacio hit a one-out single in the 18th and took third with two outs on a wild pickoff throw by Ross Wolf (1-1). Davis followed with a bouncing single down the third base line, sending the Blue Jays streaming out of their dugout in celebration and ending a game that started under sunny skies but finished with the stadium lights on.
YANKEES 3, MARINERS 1: Andy Pettitte allowed three hits over 7 1-3 innings to earn his 250th career victory to lead the Yankees past the Mariners. It was Pettitte’s 213th victory as a Yankee, putting him third on the franchise’s career list behind Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231). Pettitte (5-3) had six strikeouts and no walks in his 85-pitch effort. He has 1,940 strikeouts as a Yankee, 16 behind all-time leader Ford. David Robinson worked out of a jam in the eighth and Mariano Rivera took over in the ninth, earning his 630th career save, adding to his major league record. Jayson Nix had a pair of RBI singles and Brett Gardner had three hits, including two doubles. The Yankees scored a two-out run off Joe Saunders (4-6) in the first inning.
ANGELS 9-2, RED SOX 5-7: David Ortiz rebounded from a rough first game with a long two-run homer and drove in three runs to help Clay Buchholz improve to 9-0, earning the Boston Red Sox a split of a day-night doubleheader. The victory snapped Boston’s nine-game losing streak against Los Angeles. Buchholz gave up two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one over 6 2-3 innings to match Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (9-0) as the majors’ only unbeaten pitcher with at least nine wins, but he left in the seventh with what the team called “neck tightness.” The Red Sox jumped ahead 2-0 against C.J. Wilson (4-5) with two runs in the first on consecutive RBI doubles by Jonny Gomes and Pedroia. Ortiz’s RBI double made it 3-0 in the second. In the first game, Mark Trumbo and Erick Aybar each drove in two runs as the Angels beat the Red Sox 9-5 for their team-record sixth straight win at Fenway Park. Mike Trout added a pair of doubles high off the Green Monster and collected three hits for the Angels. Tommy Hanson (3-2) allowed two runs in five innings for the win.
WHITE SOX 4, ATHLETICS 1: John Danks pitched three-hit ball over eight innings for his first victory in more than a year, and the White Sox won for just the second time in 12 games. Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko homered. Alex Rios drove in the go-ahead run, and the White Sox handed the Athletics just their fourth loss in 22 games. Dunn connected leading off the second to tie the score at 1-all, and it stayed that way until the eighth. Alejandro De Aza led off with an infield single against Sean Doolittle (3-1) and moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Alexei Ramirez before Rios broke the tie with a single to center. Konerko followed with a two-run drive to left to cap the rally.
RAYS 8, ORIOLES 0: Jeremy Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings and six different Tampa Bay players drove in runs. Taking up where they left off in allowing just two hits in a 2-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series at Tropicana Field, Rays pitchers limited the Orioles to four singles to beat their AL East rivals for the fifth straight time. Hellickson (4-2) worked through a fifth-inning jam before watching the Rays break it open with five runs in the bottom half of the inning, three on Luke Scott’s bases-loaded double. The Tampa Bay starter and three relievers combined to retire the last 15 batters to finish the combined four-hitter.
TIGERS 6, INDIANS 4: Prince Fielder hit a bases-clearing double in the second inning and Detroit held on to beat Cleveland. The AL Central-leading Tigers have won the first two games of the series to build a season-high 4ﾽ-game lead over the Indians. Rick Porcello (3-3) gave up two runs — one earned — and three hits while striking out seven over six innings. Ryan Raburn hit a two-run homer off reliever Luke Putkonen to pull the Indians within two runs in the seventh inning and they had a shot to at least get even in the ninth. After Phil Coke pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief, Jose Valverde pitched a shaky ninth for his eighth save in 10 opportunities. Carlos Carrasco (1-1) gave up six runs and 10 hits over four-plus innings in what might be his last start for a while.
ROYALS 7, ASTROS 2: Ervin Santana pitched seven snappy innings and Kansas City finally backed him up with some offense. Santana (4-5) entered the game with the worst run support among qualifying pitchers in the American League, a big reason why he already had six fruitless tries to win his 100th career game. He finally reached the milestone thanks to a seemingly endless series of singles and doubles off Astros starter Erik Bedard (1-3), who failed to make it through the fifth inning. Santana allowed five hits in seven innings.