Nationals beat Twins 6-5 in "crazy" 16 inning game
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 25, 2016 03:49 PM
Washington Nationals' Chris Heisey, center, and MASN on-field reporter Dan Kolko, left, are doused with water by Anthony Rendon after an interleague baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Washington. Heisey hit a walk off home run in the 16th inning to win the game. The Nationals won 6-5 in 16 innings. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Heisey homered in the 16th inning to give the Washington Nationals a 6-5 win Sunday over the Minnesota Twins in a marathon game that spanned almost six hours.
At 5 hours, 56 minutes, it was the longest regular-season game in Nationals' history and one of the craziest, too.
"I feel like I just came out of 'The Twilight Zone,'" the Nationals' manager Dusty Baker said.
Bryce Harper was supposed to have a day off but stepped up to lead off the ninth with Washington trailing 4-3 and connected for the first pinch-hit homer of his career.
The Nationals were down 5-4 in the 15th when Danny Espinosa drew a two-out walk and stole second. With no one else left to hit, pitcher Oliver Perez (1-0) batted for the first time since 2010 and bunted down the third base line. Catcher John Ryan Murphy picked up the ball but threw it wildly past first, allowing Espinosa to score.
Heisey then homered off Michael Tonkin (1-1) to complete a three-game sweep.
"They always say, go to the ballpark and you may see something you haven't seen before," Baker said. "Well this, I certainly haven't seen anything like this. This was crazy."
There was an odd finish in Phoenix as well, where the Pittsburgh Pirates needed 13 innings to see off the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-10
Arizona sent its next-day starter out to pinch hit then replaced him with another starting pitcher, Shelby Miller, who stayed in the game to play left field, before Sean Rodriguez lined a double over his head to drive in the go-ahead run.
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said it ranked among the most unusual games he has seen, calling it "top-five crazy."
The Boston Red Sox needed 12 innings to beat the Houston Astros 7-5 with Jackie Bradley Jr. lining up the tie-breaking RBI single.
Houston's Colby Rasmus hit a tying two-run homer off closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth before Bradley singled with the bases loaded off Ken Giles (0-2) to decide the game.
In Cincinnati, Anthony Rizzo homered and drove in four runs as the Chicago Cubs easily beat the Reds 9-0 to improve to 14-5 for the first time in 47 years.
"It's just baseball," said Rizzo, who has eight home runs this season. "I opened my stance a little bit but nothing major. You stay with the process. The formula is there. Things will take care of themselves."
Jacob deGrom made a successful return to the mound after tending to his ill infant son and an injury, pitching the New York Mets to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves for a three-game sweep . Atlanta has lost five in a row while the Los Angeles Dodgers scored five runs in the eighth inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 12-10, with Chase Utley driving in the go-ahead run with a double.
J.T. Realmuto matched his career high with four hits, including a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, as Miami beating the San Francisco Giants 5-4 while Jedd Gyorko homered, tripled and singled, as the St. Louis rallied to beat the Padres 8-5.
Gyorko, traded from San Diego to the Cardinals in December, had two chances to complete the cycle but flied out and grounded out. "I think that was my second career triple, so I haven't been very close ever, so I think I wasted my best chance to get one," Gyorko said.
Scooter Gennett and Alex Presley homered in a six-run sixth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Philadelphia 8-5 while Steven Souza Jr. homered twice on his 27th birthday as Tampa Bay completed an 8-1 win over the New York Yankees, who lost Alex Rodriguez to injury.
The Cleveland Indians overcame an early injury to starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 while Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer and Ezequiel Carrera added a solo shot as the Toronto Blue Jays beat Oakland 6-3
Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon homered as Kansas City beat Baltimore 8-1 while Kyle Seager, Leonys Martin and Seth Smith all blasted home runs for the Mariners in their 9-4 victory over the Angels and Mat Latos pitched six solid innings for his fourth consecutive win as the Chicago White Sox overcame the Texas Rangers 4-1.