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Mets lose another marathon, 5-4 to Diamondbacks

Thursday - 7/4/2013, 9:17pm  ET

New York Mets' Kirk Nieuwenhuis reacts after losing a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, July 4, 2013, in New York. The Diamondbacks won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- The worst thing about all these long games for the New York Mets is they keep losing them.

Cliff Pennington hit an RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks, boosted early by Gerardo Parra's bunt double, finally outlasted New York 5-4 in a back-and-forth classic Thursday to split an exhausting series at Citi Field.

Arizona scored in the final three innings but couldn't close out the feisty Mets until Brad Ziegler retired Kirk Nieuwenhuis on an easy grounder with runners at second and third to finish a game that lasted 5 hours, 46 minutes.

"It felt like a marathon tennis match, to be honest with you," Nieuwenhuis said. "It's tough not to come up on top there at the end, but it's a 162-game season and we've got to bring it tomorrow."

Anthony Recker and Nieuwenhuis hit tying homers in consecutive extra innings for New York, making its final home appearance before hosting the All-Star game July 16.

For the first time since 1973, the Mets have played three games that lasted at least 15 innings. They've dropped them all.

"There were lots of chances for lots of guys to end this game," manager Terry Collins said.

In a span of four days, the teams played a 13-inning game, a 15-inning marathon and two others delayed by rain for a total of 3
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