The Miami Marlins needed 20 innings to defeat the New York Mets 2-1 on the same day the Toronto Blue Jays went 18 innings to top the Texas Rangers 4-3 in Major League Baseball.
The Marlins-Mets contest was six innings shy of the record-holding Brooklyn Dodgers-Boston Red Sox game, which was played to a 1-1 tie until it was called for darkness after 26 innings on May 1, 1920, said the Baseball Almanac.
The extra-inning games yesterday follow a 16-inning 7-5 victory by the Chicago White Sox against the Seattle Mariners on June 5.
The Marlins-Mets game was the longest in innings since April 17, 2010, when the Mets defeated St. Louis 2-1 in 20 innings, according to the Baseball Almanac.
Adeiny Hechavarria hit a run-scoring single to score Placido Polanco in the 20th for the win at Citi Field.
Juan Lagares doubled in the second inning to score Ike Davis as the Mets, whose games were postponed by rain the previous two days, took a 1-0 lead. Chris Coghlan’s sacrifice fly sent home Derek Dietrich in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1.
Matt Harvey started the game for the Mets, giving up one run on six hits and striking out six in seven innings before he had to leave in the eighth with tightness in his lower back. Shaun Marcum (0-7) got the loss after surrendering one run on five hits and striking out seven in eight innings.
Kevin Slowey (2-5) allowed eight hits and struck out eight in seven innings for the win. Steve Cishek pitched a perfect 20th for his sixth save to end the game that went six hours, 25 minutes.
At Rogers Centre in Toronto, Rajai Davis hit a single to left to score Emilio Bonifacio and end an 18-inning game that lasted five hours, 28 minutes.
Toronto’s Colby Ramus tripled to score Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind and then went home on a throwing error by second baseman Jurickson Profar in the third inning.
Jeff Baker hit a solo home run in the seventh for Texas, which tied the game with two runs in the ninth on A.J. Pierzynski’s run-scoring single and a sacrifice fly by Elvis Andrus.
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