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Indians, Blue Jays locked in opener marathon

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez walks to the dugout after being pulled from the game after losing a three-run lead in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in an Opening Day baseball game in Cleveland on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez walks to the dugout after being pulled from the game after losing a three-run lead in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in an Opening Day baseball game in Cleveland on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Amy Sancetta, Associated Press

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays are playing the longest opening-day game in baseball history.

Heading into the 16th inning, the teams have eclipsed the previous longest games set on two occasions. Toronto, however, got a three-run homer from J.P. Arencibia in the top of the 16th to take the lead.

The Indians played in one of the previous marathons, a 15-inning game on April 19, 1960, against Detroit that the Tigers won 4-2.

Also, on April 13, 1926, the Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators played 15 innings. Washington won 1-0.

The Blue Jays trailed 4-1 before rallying for three runs in the ninth off Cleveland closer Chris Perez.

Cleveland scored four runs in the second inning off Toronto's Ricky Romero but have been held scoreless for 13 innings.