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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Mets and Marlins make history

By Matt Ehalt

New York Mets, Miami Marlins
The New York Mets lost to the Miami Marlins in 20 innings. It was the longest game ever played at Citi Field.
NEW YORK -- It may not have been the prettiest brand of baseball, but the Mets and Marlins made history on Saturday.

The Marlins' 2-1 win in 20 innings was the longest game ever played at Citi Field, and was also the longest game in the majors since the Mets defeated the Cardinals, 2-1, in 20 innings on April 17, 2010.

Saturday's game is tied for the fourth-longest game in Mets history, and tied for the longest game in Marlins history.

Mets manager Terry Collins said he doesn't give his team any pep talks after a difficult loss like this.

"You don't say anything to them. These guys are major league players. Most of them have been through games like this," Collins said after the 6 hour, 25 minute affair. "You don't need to go in and say you need to do this better. They know that. They know we go to get some hit with guys in scoring position, they know we got to move runners along."

RIP TO RISP: The Mets were a franchise-worst 0-for-19 with runners in scoring position, continuously failing in extra innings. They're just the third team since 1974 to go hitless in at least 19 bats with runners in scoring position.

"We're not getting it done. That's the bottom line," Collins said. "We're not doing the things that guys to the big league."

TOUGH LOSS FOR MARCUM: In a relief outing, Shaun Marcum had one of his best performances of the season. While he was tagged for the loss, Marcum gave up just one run over eight innings. He took over in the 13th inning and finally cracked in the 20th.

"Unbelievable," Collins said of Marcum.

Marcum is now 0-7 on the year and has now lost both games he's appeared in relief, as he was the losing pitcher when the Marlins beat the Mets in 15 innings on April 29. Marcum has told the team he's happy to help the team out of the pen in between his starts, although he was unprepared Saturday.

"It's just a matter of if they need it, I'll go down there and do it," Marcum said. "They've needed me twice so hopefully it doesn't come down to it anymore because it seems like every time I go in we lose."

AARDSMA DEBUT: Reliever David Aardsma made his debut on Saturday, throwing a perfect 12th inning.

"It was great," Aardsma said. "I would have rather us have a win. It was nice to get back out there now. Now that I've gotten that out of my system, just go out and do the job."

NO ANKIEL: Collins said he did not consider using Rick Ankiel if the game continued on. Ankiel, who will be designated for assignment before Sunday's game, is 13-10 with a 3.90 ERA in his career before becoming an outfielder. Robert Carson was the last reliever available in the Mets bullpen.

MORE THAN A HUNDRED: This is the second time the Mets and Marlins played 15-plus innings, and both games were started by Miami's Jose Fernandez and the Mets' Matt Harvey. It's the first time that's happened since 1884, when the Boston Beaneaters and Providence Grays did so with Jim Whitney and Old Hoss Radbourn on the mound, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.