SAN DIEGO – Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer off infielder Josh Wilson with two outs in the 18th inning, sending the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-6 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday in the longest major league game this season.
“It’s tough because No. 1, he’s a position player and you don’t want him to get you out, and No. 2, you don’t know what he’s going to throw,” Reynolds said.
The Padres were held hitless through nine extra innings by four relievers. Their only baserunners in extras came on three walks. The game took 5 hours, 45 minutes.
The Padres tied it at 6 on David Eckstein’s first career pinch-hit homer, a three-run shot, with two outs in the ninth.
The Padres used all their relievers and had starter Chad Gaudin — the loser in Friday night’s series opener — pitch the 16th and 17th innings before turning to Wilson in the 18th for his third career relief appearance.
Wilson (0-1) was claimed off waivers from Arizona on May 15, four days after he pitched a scoreless inning for the Diamondbacks against Cincinnati.
Wilson allowed a single to Felipe Lopez and walked Ryan Roberts with one out before Reynolds hit a full-count pitch off an advertising sign atop the right-field wall. Wilson pitched in high school and his two other big league relief appearances had been in blowout losses.
“One pitch away,” Wilson said. “I had Mark 0-2 there. I wish I could have thrown a strike before I got to 3-2. I was very comfortable. I expected it in that type of game. It was probably just a matter of time. I was ready.”
It was Reynolds’ first hit of the game after striking out four times. He leads the National League with 81 strikeouts.
It was the longest big league game by time and innings since San Diego beat visiting Cincinnati 12-9 in an 18-inning game that lasted 5 hours, 57 minutes on May 25, 2008, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Eckstein capped a five-run ninth in this one when he hit a first-pitch fastball from Chad Qualls off the balcony on the second level of the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left-field corner. It was his first homer of the season and his first in 217 at-bats since Sept. 17 with Arizona.