Diamondbacks Outlast Mets 5-4 In 15 Innings
Arizona Diamondbacks' Cody Ross, left, and Gerardo Parra, right, celebrate after scoring on a single by Wil Nieves during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Thursday, July 4, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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NEW YORK — Cliff Pennington hit an RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks, boosted early by Gerardo Parra’s bunt double, finally outlasted the New York Mets 5-4 in a back-and-forth classic Thursday to split an exhausting series at Citi Field.
Arizona scored in the final three innings but couldn’t close out the feisty Mets until Brad Ziegler retired Kirk Nieuwenhuis on an easy grounder with runners at second and third to end a game that lasted 5 hours, 46 minutes.
Anthony Recker and Nieuwenhuis hit tying homers in consecutive extra innings for New York, which dropped its final home appearance before hosting the All-Star game July 16.
In a span of four days, the teams played a 13-inning game, a 15-inning marathon and two others delayed by rain for a total of 3½ hours.