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Sanchez sends Pirates past Cubs in 16th inning

Pittsburgh, PA ( - Tony Sanchez ended a marathon at PNC Park that lasted nearly six hours with a pinch-hit, RBI single in the 16th inning, as the Pirates outlasted the Chicago Cubs, 4-3, in another extra-inning win for Pittsburgh.

Two nights after they edged Chicago, 1-0, in 10 innings on Opening Day, the Pirates finally put the winning run across against Carlos Villanueva (0-1), the Cubs' eighth relief pitcher.

Jordy Mercer singled to open the deciding frame, hustled to third on Starling Marte's one-out base hit and trotted home when Sanchez, in his first at-bat of the season, dribbled one through a drawn-in infield to send the few remaining Pirates fans into a frenzy.

It was the longest game ever played in Pittsburgh in terms of time (5:55).

04/03 01:15:50 ET