A bunch of big leaguers became marathon men on Saturday.
The Miami Marlins needed 20 innings to outlast the New York Mets 2-1, overlapping for much of the afternoon and early evening with the Toronto Blue Jays' 4-3 win against the Texas Rangers in 18 innings.
It was the first time two games in the majors on the same day lasted that long since Aug. 15, 2006, when the matchups of Cubs-Astros and Diamondbacks-Rockies each went 18 innings, STATS said.
"It's neat, man," said Miami pitcher Kevin Slowey, who earned the win with seven innings of shutout relief. "I tell you what, that's part of what's amazing about baseball: There's always a capacity to come back and tie it up."
The Marlins and Mets played the longest major league game in more than three years. They threw a combined 561 pitches and took 6 hours, 25 minutes in New York.
"You play 20 innings, you've got to win that game," Miami manager Mike Redmond said.
The Rangers and Blue Jays needed 5 hours, 28 minutes in Toronto. They each equaled the longest game in club history.
Texas played 18 innings for the fifth time in its history, last doing it on June 24, 2004, with a 9-7 win over Seattle.
Toronto had played 18 innings once before, beating the Angels on July 28, 2005. Texas reliever Jason Frasor pitched one inning for the Blue Jays that day — he also worked an inning for the Rangers in this extended affair.
The last big league game to last as long also involved the Mets, according to STATS. It came when they beat St. Louis 2-1 in 20 innings on April 17, 2010.
Yankees 3, Mariners 1
At Seattle, Andy Pettitte allowed three hits over 71/3 innings to earn his 250th career victory to lead the Yankees past the Mariners.
It was Pettitte's 213th victory as Yankee, putting him third on the franchise's career list behind Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231).
Pettitte (5-3) had six strikeouts and no walks in his 85-pitch effort. He has 1,940 strikeouts as a Yankee, 16 behind all-time leader Ford.
White Sox 4, Athletics 1
At Chicago, John Danks pitched three-hit ball over eight innings for his first victory in more than a year, and the White Sox won for just the second time in 12 games.
Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko homered. Alex Rios drove in the go-ahead run, and the White Sox handed the Athletics just their fourth loss in 22 games.
Angels 9-2, Red Sox 5-7
At Boston, David Ortiz rebounded from a rough first game with a long two-run homer and drove in three runs to help Clay Buchholz improve to 9-0, earning the Boston Red Sox a split of a day-night doubleheader.
Rays 8, Orioles 0
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jeremy Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings and six different Tampa Bay players drove in runs.
Tigers 6, Indians 4
At Detroit, Prince Fielder hit a bases-clearing double in the second inning and Detroit held on to beat Cleveland.
Rick Porcello (3-3) gave up two runs — one earned — and three hits while striking out seven over six innings.
Royals 7, Astros 2
At Kansas City, Mo., Ervin Santana pitched seven snappy innings and Kansas City finally backed him up with some offense.
Giants 10, Diamondbacks 5
At Phoenix, Buster Posey capped a six-run fourth inning with a homer and had three RBIs, Madison Bumgarner pitched five effective innings and San Francisco pounded Arizona.
Bumgarner (5-4) was sharp early to end a four-game losing streak and added an RBI with a sacrifice bunt in San Francisco's big inning.
The Giants gave him some rare run support, too, roughing up Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill (3-7) while scoring two more runs than in the previous six games combined.
Hunter Pence homered and scored three runs, Posey added a run-scoring single to his two-run homer and Brandon Crawford had four of San Francisco's 15 hits.
Paul Goldschmidt matched Luis Gonzalez's 2002 team record with an RBI in his eighth straight game on a groundout in Arizona's four-run sixth inning.
Pirates 6, Cubs 2
At Chicago, A.J. Burnett pitched into the ninth inning and Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin homered to lead Pittsburgh over Chicago.
Padres 4, Rockies 2
At Denver, Kyle Blanks hit a two-run homer off the foul screen and Eric Stults tossed seven solid innings, helping San Diego to the victory over Colorado.
Brewers 4, Phillies 3
At Milwaukee, Jean Segura homered and Jonathan Lucroy hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth inning, lifting Milwaukee past Philadelphia.
Domonic Brown hit his NL-leading 19th home run, and had a two-run double in the eighth to account for all of the Phillies' runs.
Reds 4, Cardinals 2
At Cincinnati, Mat Latos turned in seven solid innings and Cincinnati broke out of its slump to beat St. Louis.
The Reds, who'd lost five of their last six games against St. Louis, scored four against St. Louis rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons (2-2). He gave up six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 51/3 innings.
Braves 2, Dodgers 1
At Los Angeles, Kris Medlen pitched 62/3 scoreless innings and hit his first major league home run, Dan Uggla also went deep, and Atlanta continued its recent stretch of dominant starting pitching in a victory over Los Angeles.
Twins 4, Nationals 3, 11 Innings
At Washington, Ryan Doumit singled in the go-ahead run, Joe Mauer homered, doubled and singled, and Minnesota won for the eighth time in 11 games.