Twins lose 16-inning, 6-hour marathon against Nationals


Minnesota Twins 5

Washington Nationals 6

Miguel Sano's RBI single in the top of the 15th inning broke a 4-4 tie, only to give way to the Nationals (14-4) tying the score in the bottom of the 15th on a 2-out bunt by relief pitcher Oliver Perez, who reached on a throwing error by Twins catcher John Ryan Murphy.

Chris Heisey then won it for the Nationals in the bottom of the 16th with a walk-off solo home run.

1. Longest game in MLB this season

The first pitch was at 12:35 p.m. and ended at 6:31 p.m. Central Time for a 5-hour and 56-minute game.

The 16-inning game is the longest in the big leagues this season.

2. Harper homer forces extras

Bryce Harper's pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth tied the game 4-4. For Minnesota (5-14), it was Kevin Jepsen's latest disaster out of the bullpen and his second blown save of the season. Prior to Jepsen blowing it in the ninth it was Trevor May giving up 2 runs in the bottom of the eighth.

3. Single-game strikeout record

A day after tying the franchise record for most strikeouts in a game at 18, the Twins one-upped themselves by striking out a new team record 20 times.

Sano, Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton combined to go 2-19 with 12 strikeouts. All three struck out 4 times.

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The Twins open a six-game homestand on Monday against the Cleveland Indians. Tommy Milone starts against Danny Salazar, first pitch at 7:10 p.m.

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