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Cubs outlast Marlins in 16-inning marathon

Posted: Friday July 12, 2002 9:13 PM
Updated: Saturday July 13, 2002 1:52 AM
  lg_eche_ap.jpg Angel Echevarria ended the game with his 16th-inning single. AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- If Wrigley Field's famous brick walls were covered in padding and not ivy, the game that tied for the longest in the majors this season might have kept on going.

Florida center fielder Preston Wilson ran into the wall with two outs in the 16th inning and dropped pinch-hitter Angel Echevarria's fly ball single, giving the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 win over the Marlins on Friday.

Wilson said he knew a rough collision was coming.

"You know when you come here, there's not much of a cushion," Wilson said. "Anywhere else in the league, it's padded. It's more like a curtain. Window dressing."

Wilson appeared to run down Echevarria's fly, but did not hang on as he ran into the wall. Wilson fell to the ground and umpires immediately called it a no-catch.

"Everything happened so fast," Wilson said. "When he hit it, it just kept going. I was on a dead run."

Marlins players irked by trades
CHICAGO (AP) -- Since the Florida Marlins traded two of their highest-paid players, first baseman Derrek Lee wonders what else the club's front office is up to.

"It makes you question their motives and the direction they're going," Lee said Friday before the Marlins prepared to play Chicago in their first game since trading outfielder Cliff Floyd and pitcher Ryan Dempster. "There are probably going to be more moves made. Nothing is going to be surprising."

In separate deals made Thursday, the Marlins traded Floyd to Montreal and Dempster to Cincinnati. Floyd, who is expected to become a free agent after the season, was an All-Star and the team's MVP in 2001. Dempster is the Marlins' all-time winningest pitcher.

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    Corey Patterson scored easily from third with the winning run. As the Cubs celebrated, Wilson was checked out by trainers.

    Wilson walked off the field under his own power, but said later he was day-to-day with two sprained and swollen wrists.

    With two outs in the 16th, Patterson and Todd Hundley each singled off Carl Pavano (3-9). Pavano's first pitch to Echevarria was wild, allowing Patterson and Hundley to advance.

    Jeff Fassero (3-5) pitched two innings for the win as the Cubs used every reliever except Tom Gordon. Vic Darensbourg was the only Marlins reliever not to pitch.

    Both bullpens combined to allow one run in 19 innings.

    Fred McGriff homered and drove in three runs for the Cubs, who won interim manager Bruce Kimm's first game at Wrigley Field.

    "The right thing to say is, it's a lot more exciting to win right here," Kimm said. "But we need to win a lot of games in a lot of places."

    The Marlins played their first game after Thursday's deals that sent away outfielder Cliff Floyd and pitcher Ryan Dempster, two of the highest-paid players on the team.

    Outfielder Juan Encarnacion, the Marlins' key acquisition in the deals, went 2-for-7. Pavano was acquired from Montreal.

    The Marlins had runners on second and third in the top of the 14th, but ran themselves out of a chance to take the lead.

    With one out, Eric Owens grounded back to the mound, and pitcher Joe Borowski tagged out Derrek Lee between third and home as Mike Mordecai took third.

    Owens got himself caught in a rundown between first and second, but first baseman McGriff relayed home as Mordecai broke for the plate, and catcher Hundley tagged him out for a double play.

    Marlins manager Jeff Torborg argued the call by home plate umpire Marty Foster to no avail. Television replays appeared to show Mordecai beat the throw.

    "I thought I was safe. I didn't think it was much of a question," said Mordecai, another player acquired in Thursday's trades. "[Foster] said he got me on the shoulder, but I didn't feel the glove hit me, or anything. I know I got the plate."

    Sammy Sosa hit an RBI single in the fourth and McGriff followed with a two-run homer, his 18th.

    Andy Fox hit an RBI single to right, tying it at 4 in the seventh.

    Kerry Wood, who was lifted after throwing 108 pitches, allowed four runs on eight hits over seven innings. He had 10 strikeouts -- tying a season high -- and one walk.

    Notes: LHP Graeme Lloyd, also added from Montreal in Thursday's deal, was not with the team and the time of his arrival was uncertain. ... Florida's Luis Castillo has a 23-game hitting streak on the road. ... Wood has three double-digit strikeout games this season and 22 in his career. ... Kimm let Borowski bat for himself in the 12th, even though he had players available. Borowski went on to pitch four scoreless innings of relief. ... The last time the Cubs played a game that went at least 16 innings was June 22, 1996, against San Diego. The last time the Marlins did it was Aug. 20, 1999, against Houston. ... It was the Marlins' fourth game this season that lasted at least 14 innings. ... The game lasted 4 hours, 38 minutes. ... Los Angeles beat Atlanta 6-5 on May 7 in the majors' other 16-inning game this season.

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