Sanchez has winning hit in 16th, Pirates beat Cubs

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (44) trots past Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer (10) after hitting a home run in the 12th inning of the baseball game on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 4-3 in 16 innings. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (44) trots past Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer (10) after hitting a home run in the 12th inning of the baseball game on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 4-3 in 16 innings. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a game that took 5 hours, 55 minutes, pinch-hitter Tony Sanchez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning to give the Pirates a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night — the longest game in terms of time in Pittsburgh history.

Sanchez’s hit came off Carlos Villanueva (0-2), ending the game just short of 1 a.m. and 6 minutes longer the Pirates 8-7, 18-inning victory over Houston on May 27, 2006, that took 5:49.

Villanueva also allowed Neil Walker’s game-ending home run in the Pirates’ 1-0 win Monday in the season opener.

Both teams scored in the 12th inning as the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo hit a leadoff home run and the Pirates’ Starling Marte had an RBI single with two outs off closer Jose Veras.

The Cubs ended a streak of 16 scoreless innings to start the season by scoring single runs in eighth and ninth inning to force extra innings.

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