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WORLD SERIES: Dodgers beat Red Sox to win longest game in MLB playoff history

Posted: 12:09 AM, Oct 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-27 04:02:30-04
WORLD SERIES: Dodgers beat Red Sox to win longest game in MLB playoff history

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in 18 innings Friday night/Saturday morning to win the longest game in Major League Baseball playoff history.

Max Muncy, who played for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, hit a home run in the bottom of the 18th inning to lift the Dodgers to victory in Game 3 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Red Sox lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

The game lasted 7 hours, 20 minutes. It ended at 12:29 a.m. Pacific time.

Both teams scored a run in the 13th inning, with the Dodgers scoring when they were down to their final out in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a Boston error.

It became just the eighth game, postseason or regular season, since 1908 to go at least seven hours.

The previous longest game in MLB playoff history was 6 hours, 23 minutes, when the San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Astros in a 2014 National League Division Series game. The previous World Series record was 5 hours, 41 minutes, set by the White Sox and Astros in Game 3 of the 2005 series.

Friday/Saturday's game was also the longest in World Series history in terms of innings played. The previous long: 14 innings, which happened three times, most recently in 2015. 

The longest-ever game in MLB history in terms of time: 8 hours, 6 minutes in a game between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers on May 5, 1984. The longest-ever MLB game in terms of innings came on May 1, 1920 between the Dodgers (then known as the Brooklyn Robins) and the Boston Braves. That game went 26 innings.

The game itself went longer than the entire 1939 World Series. That year, the New York Yankees swept the Cincinnati Reds in four games that took a combined 7 hours, 5 minutes.

The game went so long that concession stands at Dodger Stadium eventually reopened. Beer sales, however, ended well before that.

ASU football's radio crew, who is in Los Angeles to call Saturday's game between the Sun Devils and USC at 12:30 p.m. Arizona time, got tickets to the game -- but they weren't able to make it until the end, and they left just before midnight.