Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Diamondbacks deny Mets a third comeback

NEW YORK — Cliff Pennington's two-out single in the 15th inning gave the Diamondbacks a 5-4 win over the Mets on Thursday.

New York rallied twice in extra innings. Down 3-2 in the 13th, Anthony Recker homered. Down 4-3 in the 14th, Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered. And the Mets had runners on second and third in the 15th. But Nieuwenhuis grounded out to end a game that went 5 hours, 46 minutes.

"It's a grind," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "But if we want to win a world championship, we're going to have to endure a lot worse than that."

Over four days, the teams played a 13-inning game, a 15-inning game and two games delayed by rain for a combined 3½ hours. The 16 hours, 40 minutes marked the majors' second-longest four-game series since 1987, STATS said. The Dodgers and Astros played 11 more minutes at the Astrodome in 1989.

"I've been doing this longer than most of you were alive," Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters. "And I've never been through more grueling baseball than we've just been through."

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