Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
J.P. Arencibia’s three-run homer in the 16th inning sent theÂ Toronto Blue JaysÂ to a 7-4 win over theÂ Cleveland IndiansÂ on Thursday in the longest opening-day game in major league history.
Arencibia was 0 for 6 with three strikeouts before connecting offÂ Jairo Asencio.
The marathon eclipsed the previous longest openers — 15 innings between Cleveland and Detroit in 1960 and 15 innings between Philadelphia and Washington in 1926.
Luis Perez, Toronto’s seventh pitcher, pitched four scoreless innings for the win andSergio SantosÂ got two outs to end the 5-hour, 14-minute game.
Jose BautistaÂ homered and hit a sacrifice fly for Toronto, which rallied for three runs in the ninth off All-Star closerÂ Chris PerezÂ to force extra innings.