Adeiny Hechavarria’s RBI single in the top of the 20th inning Saturday night lifted the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets in the longest game ever played at Citi Field.
Hechavarria’s hit brought home Placido Polanco with the first run by either team since the fourth inning and gave the Marlins the win in the second 20-inning game in franchise history. The Marlins lost to the Cardinals in 20 innings on April 27, 2003.
For the Mets, the 20-inning game was the fifth time they have played at least 20 innings.
The game lasted six hours and 25 minutes and far exceeded the previous long game at Citi Field, a 14-inning game between the Mets and Nationals in October 2010.
The Mets (23-34) lost for the fifth time in six games. The Marlins (17-44) ended a three-game losing streak. Miami has won just four of its last 16 games, all against the Mets.
Kevin Slowey (2-5) earned the win with seven scoreless innings of relief in which he allowed eight hits, walked none and struck out eight. Steve Cishek earned the save with a perfect 20th.
Shaun Marcum (0-7) was the tough-luck loser for the Mets after allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings.
Marcum had retired 16 in a row before surrendering three straight singles by Polanco, Rob Brantly and Hechavarria.
The Mets left 22 runners on base — including two apiece in the eighth, ninth, 10th, 13th, 14th and 18th innings — and were 0-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
In the 12th, Daniel Murphy was thrown out trying to score on Marlon Byrd’s fly out to right. The throw from Marcell Ozuna beat Murphy by a couple of steps and he barreled into catcher Brantly, who held on to the ball.
Mets ace Matt Harvey left the game after warming up in the top of the eighth due to lower back tightness.
They were long gone by the time the game finally ended, but neither Harvey nor Jose Fernandez disappointed in the anticipated matchup of young aces. Harvey allowed one run on six hits and no walks with six strikeouts before exiting.
While Harvey remains unbeaten through his first 13 starts — a team record — the no-decision on Saturday was his fourth in a row and his eighth in nine starts since he opened the season by winning his first four starts.
Fernandez allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out seven in six innings. He struck out the side in the fourth, when he got Ike Davis, John Buck and Lagares all looking. In four starts against the Mets this season, he has allowed just four runs and 12 hits in 23 innings.
The Mets left runners stranded at the corners in the first before taking a 1-0 lead in the second, when Davis drew a leadoff walk and scored on Lagares’ double to left.
But Lagares was the last player to get as far as second base against Fernandez, who didn’t allow another hit the rest of the way and retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced.
The Marlins tied the game in the fourth, when Derek Dietrich singled with one out, went to third on Ozuna’s single and scored on Chris Coghlan’s sacrifice fly.
Lagares helped preserve the tie in the fifth, when, with runners on first and second and two outs, he fielded Juan Pierre’s single and threw out Hechavarria, who was out by such a wide margin that he didn’t even attempt to slide at home.
Hechavarria led off the eighth with a single off Brandon Lyon and stole second, but Hechavarria wandered off second during Pierre’s at-bat and was picked off by Buck.