PHOENIX -- The first of two games between the Indians and D-backs started on Tuesday. It ended on Wednesday.
The two teams matched the longest game in Chase Field history, going 14 innings before they could decide a winner. The D-backs came emerged as the victors five hours and 32 minutes after the game began, winning 9-8 on an Aaron Hill walk-off single. But by that point, the game had already encompassed a series worth of action.
"It's one of those games where stuff went up and down, up and down, up and down," pitcher Mark Lowe said. "That, in and of itself, takes a toll on everybody."
Lowe picked up the loss after facing the last of the 130 plate appearances. He started the bottom of the 14th with the score knotted at 8, before giving up a single to Gerardo Parra - the outfielder's fifth hit of the game.
Parra then stole second, injuring his finger on the slide. There was no one left on the bench to replace him, so he stayed in the game and scored the winning run.
"Both teams were spent," manager Terry Francona said. "Neither team had anybody left to hit."
Both teams had numerous chances to end the game before the 14th. The D-backs were the first -- but not the last -- to blink.
D-backs closer Addison Reed came into the game with a chance to end it in the ninth, but it was not to be. The Indians rallied, scoring the tying run on a single by catcher Yan Gomes.
In the 11th, it looked like the Indians would walk away with a stolen road win. Carlos Santana launched a two-run homer into the visitor's bullpen in right field.
But the D-backs showed resilience not often seen during their 33-47 season. They came back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two runs -- one on a solo home run by rookie David Peralta and the other on a single by fellow rookie Ender Inciarte.
The Indians had runners in scoring position with one out in the 12th, but couldn't score. In the 13th, Jason Kipnis tried to win the game by himself on a triple to center field, but got thrown out trying to turn it into an inside-the-park home run.
"Two outs, you got to go," Francona said. "I was yelling the whole way, even when he was out."
Before then, both teams had already faced their share of adversity.
"Both teams stranded runners, both teams got to the starters early," Francona said. "The game mirrored each other a lot."
Both starters left the game in the fifth inning -- hours before the game ended.
Justin Masterson got the ball for the Indians and left after one batter in the fifth. His counterpart, Wade Miley, made it three batters into the inning. Neither recorded an out in the frame.
With neither starter making it out of the fifth, both managers knew their bullpens would get a heavy workload, but both teams went through their entire relief staff. By the time the 14th inning rolled around, the D-backs had turned to starter Josh Collmenter to finish the game. He got his sixth win of the year.
"Every single guy got out there and did a tremendous job," Masterson said. "Unfortunately, it didn't go our way at the tail end of it, but it wasn't a lack of effort."
In the end, Hill's game-winning hit was a coup de grâce -- a merciful end that saved the teams from the embarrassment of having to send pitchers into the field or position players to the mound. The game was ready to end, but somebody just needed to break through.
"We come back, they come back," Francona said. "And then ultimately, you're playing on the road, they score, you go home."
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.