Game of the day: Marlins 2, Mets 1: 'Amazing' Mets-Marlins game goes 20 innings

2013-06-09T00:00:00Z Game of the day: Marlins 2, Mets 1: 'Amazing' Mets-Marlins game goes 20 inningsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - Two full games, plus two more innings. A total of 561 pitches. And when it was finally over, the worst team in baseball had its 17th win of the season.

The Miami Marlins sure worked hard for this one.

In the longest major-league game in more than three years, Adeiny Hechavarria hit an RBI single in the 20th inning, and Miami outlasted the New York Mets 2-1 on Saturday, well after Matt Harvey left with lower back tightness following another stingy start.

"It was amazing," winning pitcher Kevin Slowey said. "It was an amazing game."

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 still ended around an hour after winner Palace Malice crossed the finish line.

"You play 20 innings, you've got to win that game," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Harvey and Miami's prized rookie, Jose Fernandez, hooked up in a pitchers' duel early, and neither punchless lineup could break a 1-1 tie.

By the 13th inning, the game had been turned over to a pair of starters: 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.

A scattered crowd of 20,338 had dwindled perhaps into the hundreds by the time the stadium sound system played Chuck Berry's "No Particular Place To Go" not long after the 14th-inning stretch.

Placido Polanco, Brantly and Hechavarria hit consecutive singles with one out in the 20th off Marcum (0-7), who had retired 16 straight to that point. He gave up five hits in eight stellar innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

"I definitely wasn't expecting to pitch eight innings," Marcum said.

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