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Mariners outlast Sox in 20-inning Fenway marathon

The addendum to Fenway Park history turned out, simply, to be a 20th inning in which the Seattle Mariners scored a run and the Red Sox left the bases loaded.

After 359 minutes, 19 innings, 548 pitches, 44 hits, 35 runners left on base, 46 players and a kaleidoscope of mixups that lasted until 1:16 a.m., the two teams returned a little more than 18 hours later for what amounted to a flip for the rights to the longest game ever played in the old park. The inning ended 22 minutes after it (and 1460 minutes after the first) began when Jim Beattie came out of the starting rotation to get Jim Rice with the bases loaded. Which, in making Joe Simpson’s RBI triple - Simpson’s first game winning RBI of the season - off Bob Stanley in the top of the inning stand up, was something of a piece of history in itself. Hey, the Seattle Mariners, who’d lost 12 of 14 and whose bullpen had torched eight leads in that time, actually won a game, 8-7. Not only that, but their bullpen held Boston scoreless for 11 innings before a starter, the record ninth pitcher manager Rene Lachemann sent out there, offered his shoulder in self-sacrifice for the club’s first save since Aug. 15.

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