ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Marlins had lost three straight and nine of 10. Getting back on the winning track took a bit longer than normal.
On Saturday night, the Marlins prevailed, outlasting the Rays, 4-3, in 15 innings at Tropicana Field.
The game lasted 5-hours, 7-minutes, before Heath Bell struck out the side in order. The final out came at 12:22 a.m. ET Sunday morning.
The Marlins had not played a game that long since losing 7-6 to the Cardinals in 20 innings on April 27, 2003. That was the longest game in club history.
LONGEST MARLINS GAMES
4/27/03: 20 innings 7-6 loss to Cardinals at Sun Life Stadium
6/8/98: 17 innings 4-3 win over Blue Jays at Sun Life