Walk-off homer in 16th sees Nats past Twins, Cubs blank Reds

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The Washington Nationals needed almost six hours to overcome the Minnesota Twins 6-5 in a marathon 16th inning.

Chris Heisey was the hero, ending the five hour, 56-minute game with a walk-off homer in MLB action on Sunday.

The Nationals comeback was as improbable as it gets. After losing the lead in the 15th inning, Nats' pitcher Oliver Perez laid down a perfect, two-out bunt that scored Danny Espinosa from second after a throwing error by Twins catcher John Ryan Murphy. 

Nats Bryce Harper also tied the game in the ninth inning following Brian Dozier's go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth.

Anthony Rizzo starred with two home runs as the Chicago Cubs blanked the Cincinnati Reds in a 9-0 rout and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied in the ninth, posting five unanswered runs, to defeat the Colorado Rockies 12-10.

The Toronto Blue Jays won their first series of the season after seeing off the Oakland Athletics 6-3, the Cleveland Indians trumped the Detroit Tigers by the same scoreline, while the Kansas City Royals were too good for the Baltimore Orioles 6-1.

Jacob deGrom led the New York Mets to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves and a series sweep, the San Francisco Giants fell 5-4 to the Miami Marlins, the Tampa Bay Rays crushed the New York Yankees 8-1 and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 4-1.

The St Louis Cardinals downed the San Diego Padres 8-5, the Seattle Mariners prevailed 9-4 against the Los Angeles Angels, the Milwaukee Brewers accounted for the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5, the Boston Red Sox overcame the Houston Astros 7-5 through 12 and the Pittsburgh Pirates outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-10 after a 13th inning.


HEISEY LEADS NATS HOME

Heisey did everyone a favour when he mercifully ended a 16-inning marathon against the Twins. He clubbed a one-one pitch over the left-centre field fence to lift the Nats to a series sweep.

LONGORIA MAKES IT LOOK EASY, BAUTISTA DELIVERS

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria laid out in the hot corner to make an incredible diving stop and throw to first base. 

Jose Bautista produced the goods for the Blue Jays, hitting a two-run homer at the bottom of the fourth inning.

PUJOLS ENDS SKID, NATS TIE RECORD

Albert Pujols' first-inning home run off Wade Miley snapped a zero-for-26 streak, the longest hitless streak of his career. It was also his 563rd career HR, which tied Reggie Jackson for 13th all-time.

Washington's marathon win ultimately tied a franchise record for longest game played.


WHITE SOX AND BLUE JAYS TO CLASH IN AL BLOCKBUSTER

The White Sox - the American League's top team - has been finding ways to win despite limited production from some of its stars. Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.13 ERA) will look to rebound after a few shaky starts on Monday, while the Orioles are at the Rays.