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Arizona’s Gerardo Parra makes unique dugout entrance after scoring go-ahead run in 15th inn.

David Brown
Big League Stew

With Aaron Hill and other teammates preparing to greet him at the top step of the visitor's dugout, Arizona's Gerardo Parra made a sharp right turn and headed for the entrance at the opposite end. From there, Parra comically signaled to his mates that he had done his part, and that they needed to finish off the New York Mets themselves.

It seemed like a peculiar way to celebrate scoring a go-ahead run, but it was just Parra having some fun at what he hoped was the final turning point in a grueling game and series at Citi Field. He was only joking anyway, turning around and walking back for some high fives.

After an RBI single by Cliff Pennington brought home Parra, the D-backs finally shut down the Mets for a 5-4 victory in 15 innings. Arizona overcame tying solo home runs in the 13th by Anthony Recker and the 14th by Kirk Nieuwenhuis — who both were hitting .167 before going deep — over the course of 5 hours and 46 minutes.

The D-backs improved to 10-3 in extra innings — and 3-0 in games lasting at least 14 innings — after fighting back to split a four-game series that seemed much longer, the Associated Press reports:

In a span of four days, the clubs played a 13-inning game, a 15-inning marathon and two others delayed by rain for a total of 3 1/2 hours. The 16 hours, 40 minutes worth of baseball marked the second-longest four-game series in the majors since 1987, according to STATS. The Dodgers and Astros played 11 more minutes inside the Houston Astrodome back in 1989.

The Mets already had lost a 20-inning game this season. This one might as well have been that long.

"It felt like a marathon tennis match, to be honest with you,'' Nieuwenhuis said.

Oh, we have no time for that. The D-backs finished 3-7 on their road trip. Manager Kirk Gibson needed a drink, wrote Arizona Republic reporter Nick Piecoro:

“It’s over,” he said. “It’s (expletive) over.”

He then reached behind his desk and cracked open a beer.

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