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Diamondbacks outlast Mets 5-4 in 15 innings

Thursday - 7/4/2013, 8:59pm  ET

Arizona Diamondbacks' Cody Ross, left, and Gerardo Parra, right, celebrate after scoring on a single by Wil Nieves during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Thursday, July 4, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Even at the end of an exhausting series, the Arizona Diamondbacks are a determined bunch in extra innings.

Cliff Pennington hit an RBI single with two outs in the 15th and the Diamondbacks, boosted early by Gerardo Parra's bunt double, finally outlasted the New York Mets 5-4 in a back-and-forth classic Thursday to split a draining four-game set 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's a grind, but if we want to win a world championship, we're going to have to endure a lot worse than that," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.

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.

Meanwhile, the NL West-leading Diamondbacks improved to 10-3 in extra innings, the most such wins in the majors.

"There's no question this team will fight to the end of the game," Ziegler said. "It's just two really competitive teams going out and putting on a show on a holiday."

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