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Marathon men: How does a total of 34 innings of baseball over two games sound? Nirvana, until you have to put in the work. The Oakland Athletics, who beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-8 in 19 innings, would say it was was worth it. And so would the Miami Marlins, who rallied to beat the New York Mets 4-3 in 15 innings for their first two-game winning "streak" of the season.
A's slugger Brandon Moss ended the longest game ever played at Oakland with a two-run home run in the bottom of the 19th against Barry Enright, the 16th pitcher of the game. It was his second homer. The best part might have been broadcasters Glen Kuiper and Ray Fosse thanking Moss for cutting things short at 6 hours, 32 minutes.
"What a two-day experience," Fosse said.
What else happened?
• A's left-hander Brett Anderson, who had been scratched from his start because of a sore ankle, pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball in his first career relief appearance.
• The Angels took a 6-1 lead in the fifth, but the A's tied the score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with a single by Yoenis Cespedes.
• The Angels took a one-run lead in the 15th, but the A's tied the score in the bottom half on a two-out single by Adam Rosales after Albert Pujols made a costly error. Pujols also hit two home runs and finished with four hits.
• Coco Crisp strained his left hamstring and had to leave early.
As for the Marlins and Mets, they breezed to a finish in only 5 hours, 31 minutes.
Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum, another starter working out of the bullpen, could not keep a one-run lead in the 15th. Rob Brantly tied the score with an RBI single and Nick Green followed with a sacrifice fly to end it. Funny, because he also hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score.
What else happened?
• The Marlins lost slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a strained right hamstring in the 10th inning. He went on the 15-day DL after the game — just as he was heating up, too.
• The Mets went 1 for 18 with runners in scoring position. The Marlins grounded into five double plays.
• David Wright, who did not start because of a sore neck, struck out as a pinch hitter in the 13th.
• John Buck hit his ninth home run in April, tying a franchise record.
• Jon Rauch pitched three innings and struck out five to pick up the win.
Braves 3, Nationals 2: With Chipper Jones and gal pal Lexi Ray taking in the action Atlanta again showed it has Washington's number. And Stephen Strasburg has forearm soreness.
Astros 9, Yankees 1: Lefty Andy Pettitte gets barbecued by his hometown team in the Bronx.
Tigers 4, Twins 3: Prince hit a three-run homer, Max Scherzer had 10 K's.
Indians 9, Royals 0: Ubaldo Jimenez lowered his ERA from 10-something to 7-something.
Brewers 10, Pirates 4: Yovani Gallardo hit another home run.
Cubs 5, Padres 3: Revenge for '84. Semper Richie Hebner.
Reds 2, Cardinals 1: Waino was bueno, but Latos was ... I'll get back to you.
Mariners 6, Orioles 2: Joe Saunders throws a four-hitter.
Giants 6, Diamondbacks 4: Brandon Belt joins the party.
Rockies 12, Dodgers 2: 19 hits for the Rox, including Nolan Arenado's first home run.
''It was a crazy game and I'm glad it's over."
— Brandon Moss
Rockies rookie Nolan Arenado is fed sunflower seeds, the food of his native land, after connecting for his first career home run.
• In his 16th career start, Matt Harvey of the Mets threw 121 pitches, one of the higher totals so far, in 5 1/3 innings.
• Matt Cain has allowed nine home runs over his past four starts.
• Milwaukee is 45-7 against the Pirates at Miller Park since 2007, the best record by any team against a division opponent during that stretch, the AP reports.
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