June 8, 2013: The 20-Inning Marathon

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Date: June 8, 2013
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 1
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: Kevin Slowey
Key player(s): Shaun Marcum, Adeiny Hechavarria
Key play: Hechvarria's go-ahead single in the 20th

The Mets opened a two-game set versus the Miami Marlins with an Saturday matinee at Citi Field. The game went 20 innings, lasting six hours and 25 minutes. The Mets squandered multiple scoring opportunities, going 0 for 19 with runners at second or third base and leaving 22 on total, and fell 2-1.

Matt Harvey got the start for the Mets and Jose Fernandez for the Marlins. Harvey pitched three shutout innings, allowing just a leadoff single to Rob Brantly in the third. The Mets left two on in the first before breaking through in the second when Ike Davis got a leadoff walk and, after John Buck lined out, scored on Juan Lagares's double. Fernandez then threw three shutout innings, allowing two walks.

In the top of the fourth, Harvey allowed back-to-back one-out singles to Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna to put runners on second and third. The Marlins tied the game when Dietrich scored on Chris Coglah's sacrifice fly. Next inning, the Marlins threatened by putting runners on first and second with two outs, but Adeiny Hechavarria got thrown out at home trying to score on Juan Pierre's single to end the inning. Harvey then threw a perfect sixth and seventh.

Six Met relievers and five Marlin relievers held both teams scoreless through the 12th. Shaun Marcum of the Mets and Kevin Slowey of the Marlins then threw seven shutout innings each. Marcum faltered in the 20th, allowing one-out singles to Placido Polanco, Rob Brantly, and Hechavarria, the last of which scored Polanco to put the Marlins up 2-1, but Brantly is thrown out at home trying to score for the second out. Justin Ruggiano then flew out to end the inning. Steve Cishek retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning to end the game and earn a save.