(CLEVELAND) — There was some history made at Progressive Field on Thursday.
J.P. Arencibia’s three-run shot off Indians (0-1) pitcher Jairo Asencio in the top of the 16th inning to give the Blue Jays (1-0) a 7-4 lead capped the longest opening-day game ever in the major leagues.
“I guess it’s pretty cool now,” said Arencibia who caught all 16 innings on Thursday. “I’m glad to be on the winning end.”
According to STATS LLC, the Indians-Blue Jays opener was the longest of 1,360 Opening-Day games played since 1901.
“I guess we got in the record books,” said Indians starter Justin Masterson who left with a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning before closer Chris Perez blew the ninth inning save. “That’s something. Who started it? That’s a trivia question.”
Luis Perez got the win after pitching four innings in relief for the Blue Jays. Jose Bautista homered for Toronto in the win.
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Jill Martin, CNN