The Juice: Marathon Mets outlast Giants 4-3 in 16

David Brown
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The New York Mets finally won a marathon ballgame, beating the San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 16 innings — taking 5 hours, 26 minutes — after Brandon Crawford booted a grounder to short that allowed the go-ahead run to score. The Mets had lost three games earlier this season that lasted at least 15 innings. This was the 18th game in Major League Baseball to go at least 14 innings this season, says STATS. That's two shy of last season's total.

Home Recker: Crawford, who made a fantastic diving play at short to rob Marlon Byrd and keep the Mets from scoring in the 11th, couldn't handle a hard-hit grounder by Anthony Recker in the 16th, allowing Eric Young Jr. to score. Recker just couldn't believe the Mets were playing another game with so many extras:

"As soon as the 10th inning started, we were like, 'Are we really going to do this again?' "

Good starts: Matt Harvey allowed three runs over seven innings, throwing 121 pitches in what might be his final start before the All-Star Game next week at Citi Field. Harvey is dealing with a blister on his "pointing finger" but says it's no biggie. Giants' righty Tim Lincecum also went seven innings and allowed three runs, striking out 11.

Giant extremes: Buster Posey, who caught all 16 innings, went 5 for 8 with a two-run home run and two doubles. Brandon Belt, batting No. 3 in the order for the first time, went 0 for 8 with five strikeouts (dubbed the "Platinum Sombrero" by Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen). The Giants went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 18 men overall, including 13 in the final six innings. They've also lost 12 of 14 to dip a season-worst eight games below .500.


Tigers 4, Indians 2 (10 inn.): Victor Martinez with the meaningful hit. Brohioan Nick Swisher had a night to forget. Righty Max Scherzer was done after the seventh, so he did not get the win, but 14-0 is still in play.

Brewers 4, Reds 3: Obviously, no repeat no-hitter for Homer Bailey, so Johnny Vander Meer can continue to rest in peace. It was ridiculous, what Carlos Gomez did to Joey Votto. Just ridiculous.

Braves 7, Marlins 1 (14 inn.): Yeah, that's right. Six runs in the 14th. Justin Upton and Gerald Laird with the big hits.

Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 1: No fighting, you two! Zack Greinke allowed two hits over seven innings and he went 3 for 3 at the plate. So that's like a negative-1 hitter. Yasiel Puig went 2 for 5 with a run scored and Hanley Ramirez went 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI, so he's not cooling off yet, either.

Mariners 11, Red Sox 4: What has Raul Ibañez gotten into? Is it Flubber? He has 22 homers, including eight in his 13-game hitting streak. His deep against Jon Lester put the M's in front, so it's not like it was a garbage-time homer. You can't really spot King Felix 11 runs, Boston. Jon Lester continues to be not right.

Athletics 2, Pirates 1: Speaking of old guys, 40-year-old Bartolo Colon keeps doing this.

Phillies 3, Nationals 2: Lefty John Lannan tossed four-hit ball over eight despicable innings. Jonathan Papelbon tried to make it close with funky ninth, but no deal.

Royals 5, Yankees 1: It's easier to face the Yankees when they're this achy, but Jeremy Guthrie will take it. He allowed three hits over six innings.

Rangers 8, Orioles 5: Ian Kinsler with four RBIs and the Rangers capitalized with a six-run sixth inning.

Rays 7, Twins 4: Tampa Bay is 10 games over .500 for the first time this season. They're irrepressible. There's no repressing them.

Rockies 4, Padres 2: That's 10 straight losses for San Diego. Buddy Black, the pipes might be calling.

Cubs 8, White Sox 2: He's on the verge of being traded or signing a contract extension with the Cubs. Matt Garza says either is OK.

''I'm so tired."

— Gerald Laird, collapsing into a chair

• Ibañez needs eight more homers to pass Ted Williams for the most by a 41-year-old in history.

• Jeremy Guthrie came in with a 5.15 ERA against the Yankees in 17 career appearances.

• Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal is out for the rest of the season after an MRI showed significant damage to his ACL and MCL. He'll probably require a 9-12 month rehab.

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