Atlanta Wins 17 Inning Marathon

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

ATLANTA (AP) -- Mark Teixeira singled off the wall in left-center with the bases loaded in the 17th inning, giving the Atlanta Braves a 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday in the longest game in Turner Field history.
Rain delayed the start of the game by 1 hour, 50 minutes, and solid pitching extended it much longer. The Braves rallied with two runs in the eighth inning to tie it, and each team had several chances to score the go-ahead run.
Gregor Blanco finally did, after singling off Tim Byrdak (2-1) to lead off the 17th. Yunel Escobar followed with a bunt single and Chipper Jones loaded the bases with a base hit to right, before Teixeira's ball went over the head of a drawn-in outfield for the winning hit.
Royce Ring (2-1) pitched the 17th for Atlanta, leaving Carlos Lee stranded at third to end the inning.

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