WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants left the Washington Nationals frustrated, exhausted and on the brink of elimination after they claimed an 18-inning marathon with a 2-1 win in the longest game in Major League playoff history.
Brandon Belt blasted a solo home run in the 18th to snap a long 1-1 tie and the Giants seized a 2-0 best-of-five series lead in the National League Division series. The wild contest lasted six hours and 23 minutes, surpassing the previous longest post-season game of 5 hours and 50 minutes played by Atlanta and Houston in 2005. In Saturday’s thriller, a total of 39 players and 16 pitchers were used on both sides.
The Nationals were one out away from a victory in the ninth inning before San Francisco rallied with an RBI double from Pablo Sandoval, leading to their 10th straight playoff win
Washington manager Matt Williams and catcher Asdrubal Cabrera were both ejected in the 10th inning for arguing balls and strikes.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner; Editing by Ian Ransom)