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Marlins top Mets in 20 innings

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NEW YORK -- Two full games, plus two more innings. A total of 561 pitches. And when it was finally (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.

The last big league game to go 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.

"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 when neither punchless lineup could break a 1-all tie, the only saving grace for both teams was that neither had played since Wednesday and both had fresh arms in the bullpen.

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.

Some of the fans who remained chanted "Let's Go Home!" as the Mets came to bat in the 17th. But it took three more innings to decide this one, and it was Miami that came out on top.

"The whole team spirit was up," said Rob Brantly, who caught the entire game and finished with four hits. "We were still having fun in the dugout and still cracking jokes and keeping the energy high. ... Still had enough energy to string some hits together and get that run."

Placido Polanco, Brantly and Hechavarria hit consecutive singles with one out in the 20th off Marcum (0-7), who had retired 16 in a row 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. "I wasn't tired. That pitch to Hechavarria was a pretty good pitch. He went down and got it."

Slowey (2-5) was just as tough. He struck out eight and walked none in seven shutout innings before Cishek got three straight outs for his sixth save.

Inept at the plate, the Mets went 0 for 19 with runners in scoring position -- a team record. They stranded 22 on the bases.

After taking all three games from the Mets at home last weekend for their first sweep of the season, the last-place Marlins improved to 7-3 against New York this year. They are 10-41 against everyone else.

"I think moving forward, guys can kind of reach back in their mind and say, that 20-inning game we didn't give up. If we're not going to give up now, we're not giving up," Slowey said.

On his last pitch in the seventh, Harvey said he felt a little tightness in his right hip where it meets his lower back. He singled in the bottom half and seemed to run somewhat gingerly to second base on an inning-ending groundout.

He warmed up for the eighth, but then there was a mass meeting on the mound that included a trainer, manager Terry Collins and the entire Mets infield.

Harvey finally gave up the ball -- reluctantly, it appeared -- and walked to the dugout. Brandon Lyon was given all the time he needed to get loose, then he wriggled out of a jam to keep the score tied.

"As soon as I came out and they worked on it, it popped back (into place)," Harvey said, adding he expects to make his next start. "I'm fine. I could have stayed in there.

"It's happened in college," he explained. "It's a quick adjustment. Everything was taken care of in two minutes."

It was the eighth no-decision in the last nine starts for Harvey, who threw 93 pitches and remains 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA. He gave up one run and six hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

New York nearly won it in the 12th, but Murphy got a slow break off third on Marlon Byrd's fly toward the right-field line and was thrown out at the plate by Marcell Ozuna. Murphy plowed hard into Brantly, who held onto the ball in his bare hand as he was sent flying -- along with a couple of pieces of catcher's equipment.

"I went with the hit," Brantly said. "Everything always feels better if you're on the winning side."

So on it went, the teams with the two lowest batting averages in the majors unable to break through against the other's shaky bullpen.

But they weren't alone. About 45 minutes before Miami won, the Toronto Blue Jays pulled out a 4-3 victory over Texas in 18 innings.

"In a situation like that," Brantly said, "the team that can keep their enthusiasm up the most usually ends up being the victor."

Rained out the previous two nights, the Mets finally got back on the field under clear skies in Queens with a gametime temperature of 77 degrees.

Miami also was idle the past two days -- an off day Thursday followed by Friday night's washout that was rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader Sept. 14 at Citi Field.

Ike Davis drew a leadoff walk in the second inning and scored from first base on rookie Juan Lagares' double. Lagares, playing shallow in center, also threw out Hechavarria at the plate on Juan Pierre's two-out single in the fifth.

Miami tied it in the fourth on Chris Coghlan's sacrifice fly, and second baseman Derek Dietrich made a sliding stop on Murphy's sharp grounder to keep it tied in the ninth.

Notes

  • Brantly and John Buck both caught the entire game. Brantly finished with four hits, while Buck went 2 for 8.
  • Several injured Marlins are getting close to coming off the disabled list, including 1B Logan Morrison, OF Giancarlo Stanton, INF Donovan Solano and INF Joe Mahoney. "That will probably help us out," manager Mike Redmond said.
  • After missing one turn with a sore shoulder, Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5) is set to start the series finale Sunday against RHP Tom Koehler (0-4), who went to nearby New Rochelle High School and Stony Brook University.
 
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Daniel Murphy (right) is tagged out at home plate by Miami's Rob Brantly in the bottom of the twelfth inning.   (Getty Images)
Daniel Murphy (right) is tagged out at home plate by Miami's Rob Brantly in the bottom of the twelfth inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Miami

A. Hechavarria
AB 7
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Miami

K. Slowey
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 0
BB 0
K 8
 

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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF5010006 .237
    A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Olivo, PH1000010 .188
    Kevin Slowey, P2000011 .000
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Ed Lucas, 1B-LF8010020 .375
Derek Dietrich, 2B8110031 .223
Marcell Ozuna, RF8030021 .328
Chris Coghlan, CF3001011 .277
    Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
    Casey Kotchman, 1B4000002 .000
Placido Polanco, 3B8110011 .229
Rob Brantly, C8040010 .245
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS7031112 .196
Jose Fernandez, P2000013 .222
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH0000100 .216
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Justin Ruggiano, CF5010022 .210
Totals692152216  
a-struck out for Ramos in the 13th
b-walked for Qualls in the 8th
Batting
SF - Chris Coghlan (1)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (10), Adeiny Hechavarria (15)
SB - Adeiny Hechavarria (3, 2nd base off Lyon/Buck)
CS - Marcell Ozuna (1, 2nd base by Harvey/Buck), Adeiny Hechavarria (3, 3rd base by Lyon/Buck)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Marcell Ozuna 1
DP - Hechavarria-Lucas, Ozuna-Brantly
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Fernandez 6311370 3.17
Chad Qualls 1100000 2.70
Mike Dunn 0.2000210 3.00
Ryan Webb 0.2100000 3.23
Dan Jennings 1.1000320 1.42
A.J. Ramos 2.1000100 4.50
Kevin Slowey (W,2-5) 7800080 3.77
Steve Cishek (S,6) 1000010 4.32
IBB - Byrd by Mike Dunn
HBP - Buck (by Chad Qualls), Marcum (by Kevin Slowey)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Fernandez 97-67, Chad Qualls 11-8, Mike Dunn 20-9, Ryan Webb 8-6, Dan Jennings 32-17, A.J. Ramos 25-16, Kevin Slowey 94-70, Steve Cishek 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Fernandez 3-8, Chad Qualls 2-0, Ryan Webb 1-1, Dan Jennings 1-1, A.J. Ramos 2-5, Kevin Slowey 2-11, Steve Cishek 1-1
Batters Faced - Jose Fernandez 24, Chad Qualls 4, Mike Dunn 4, Ryan Webb 3, Dan Jennings 7, A.J. Ramos 8, Kevin Slowey 30, Steve Cishek 3
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Quintanilla, SS9010125 .355
Daniel Murphy, 2B9010113 .283
David Wright, 3B8030101 .280
Lucas Duda, LF7010245 .229
Marlon Byrd, RF4000226 .248
    Shaun Marcum, P2000003 .200
Ike Davis, 1B2100121 .164
   a- Justin Turner, PH-1B5020104 .294
John Buck, C8020025 .219
Juan Lagares, CF8021012 .197
Matt Harvey, P3010011 .148
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Baxter, PH0000000 .222
   c- Anthony Recker, PH1000011 .194
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
   d- Jordany Valdespin, PH1000000 .222
    David Aardsma, P0000000 .000
    Rick Ankiel, RF4000034 .188
Totals711131919  
a-flied out for Davis in the 8th
b-announced for Parnell in the 9th
c-struck out for Baxter in the 9th
d-grounded out for G. Burke in the 11th
Batting
2B - Justin Turner (6, Slowey), Juan Lagares (3, Fernandez)
SH - Juan Lagares (2)
RBI - Juan Lagares (3)
SB - David Wright (12, 2nd base off Dunn/Brantly)
Team LOB - 22
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Juan Lagares 2
DP - Murphy-Quintanilla-Davis
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Harvey 7611060 2.10
Brandon Lyon 1100100 3.38
Bobby Parnell 1100010 2.45
LaTroy Hawkins 0.2100100 4.32
Scott Rice 0.2100000 3.90
Greg Burke 0.2000010 3.63
David Aardsma 1000010 0.00
Shaun Marcum (L,0-7) 8511070 4.96
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harvey 93-61, Brandon Lyon 14-9, Bobby Parnell 13-9, LaTroy Hawkins 14-7, Scott Rice 5-5, Greg Burke 9-6, David Aardsma 14-9, Shaun Marcum 105-84
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harvey 7-6, Brandon Lyon 1-0, Bobby Parnell 2-0, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Greg Burke 1-0, David Aardsma 1-1, Shaun Marcum 2-14
Batters Faced - Matt Harvey 25, Brandon Lyon 3, Bobby Parnell 4, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Scott Rice 3, Greg Burke 2, David Aardsma 3, Shaun Marcum 28
Game Information
Attendance - 20338
Game Time - 6:25
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Ted Barrett