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Cubs Win Longest Game in Franchise History

Chicago -- finally -- tops Colorado Rockies 4-3 after game lasting six hours, 27 minutes



    7/30/14: Baseball fans -- some visiting from other cities -- react to being a part of the longest game in Chicago Cubs franchise history. The North Siders finally beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in a game lasting six hours, 27 minutes. (Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014)

    The Chicago Cubs made franchise history in the early Wednesday hours, beating the Colorado Rockies 4-3. But it wasn't the score that made history, just how long it took the team to win the game.

    The game, which started at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday, lasted 6 hours and 27 minutes. That surpasses a record in 1982, when the Cubs played the Dodgers in a game that took six hours and 10 minutes.  

    In fact, the game was a record for longest game by time for both teams.

    Chicago used seven relievers before back up catcherJohn Baker (1-0) became the first Cubs position player to take the mound since Aug. 27, 2012, when Joe Mather faced Milwaukee.

    Cubs starter Edwin Jackson lasted through just four innings, laboring with 105 pitches, and allowing three runs on six hits and three walks.

    Jackson allowed all three Colorado runs in the first, then Chicago's bullpen -- plus Baker -- held the Rockies scoreless for 15 innings.

    "When you go 15 innings without scoring a run, you don't deserve to win," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said.

    Rockies ace Jorge De La Rosa pitched six innings, allowing three runs and striking out seven. The left-hander entered with wins in five straight decisions dating to June 24.

    Both teams had chances to win in the 10th.

    Colorado's D.J. LeMahieu missed on a suicide squeeze with Morneau on third and Charlie Culberson on second. Morneau was tagged out by catcher Welington Castillo.

    Despite several chances to finish off the Rockies, the Cubs won the game in the bottom of the 16th inning when Starlin Castro hit a sacrifice fly, allowing John Baker to score.

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    (Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014)

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