Archive for Sunday, May 9, 2004

Rangers win slugfest with Tigers

Teams combine for 18 runs in fifth inning of Texas’ 16-15, 10-inning victory

May 9, 2004


— Texas and the Detroit Tigers combined for 18 runs in the fifth -- one short of the major-league record for an inning, and Alfonso Soriano went 6-for-6 in the Rangers' 16-15, 10-inning win Saturday night.

Michael Young hit an RBI single off Ugueth Urbina (1-1) in the 10th to win it for the Rangers, who won after trailing by 10 runs for the first time in team history.

Each team used seven pitchers, with Francisco Cordero (1-0) pitching a scoreless 10th. Eric Young walked leading off the bottom half, was sacrificed to second and scored on Michael Young's hit following an intentional walk for Brad Fullmer.

After Detroit took a 14-4 lead with eight runs in the top of the fifth, the Rangers tied it in the bottom half. Ivan Rodriguez put the Tigers back ahead with an RBI single in the sixth, but Hank Blalock tripled leading off the seventh and scored on a double by Soriano.

There were 100 pitches in the fifth, which lasted 1 hour, 8 minutes and became the highest-scoring fifth inning in major-league history. The bottom half lasted 36 minutes.

Previously, the record for runs in a fifth inning was 16 on Aug. 3, 1986, by the New York Yankees (10) and the Cleveland Indians (6).

The major-league record for runs in any inning is 19, by Cleveland (13) and Boston (6) in the eighth inning on April 10, 1977.

The Tigers and Rangers combined for 13 hits (eight by Texas), nine walks (five by Texas batters). There were 28 batters in the inning (15 Rangers). Detroit's pitchers threw 46 pitchers and Rangers' pitchers threw 54.

The teams used seven pitchers, one short of the major-league record for pitchers used in any inning.

Soriano and Herbert Perry of the Rangers each had two hits in the inning.

Each team finished with 16 hits, and Detroit pitchers walked 15. But the Tigers' Rondell White missed out on the fun, going 0-for-6.

Rodriguez and Alex Sanchez each had three hits and three RBIs. Craig Monroe had three hits for Detroit.

Detroit starter Mike Maroth gave up nine runs -- eight earned -- seven hits and six walks in four innings. The Rangers' R.A. Dickey, who had won his previous three starts, gave up six runs and nine hits.

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2

Toronto -- Josh Phelps hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning -- four pitches after having one overturned -- and Toronto won its season-high fourth straight game. Phelps hit Neal Cotts' first pitch down the right-field line for what first-base umpire Larry Vanover ruled was a two-run homer. Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen argued the call and the umpires huddled and overruled Vanover's call, changing it to a foul ball. Television replays indicated the ball was foul. Four pitches later, Phelps homered over the left-field wall off Cotts (0-1).

Angels 7, Devil Rays 2

Anaheim, Calif. -- Pinch-hitter Shane Halter hit his second career grand slam, and Bartolo Colon allowed two hits over seven innings, helping Anaheim beat Tampa Bay for its eighth straight victory.

Yankees 6, Mariners 0

Seattle -- Mike Mussina pitched eight innings for his fifth straight win over Seattle, and Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer to lead New York. Mussina (3-4) improved to 16-5 against Seattle.

Orioles 10, Indians 7

Baltimore -- Jay Gibbons' three-run double highlighted a four-run seventh inning, and Baltimore punished Cleveland's maligned bullpen in a comeback victory. Melvin Mora had three hits for the Orioles, who overcame deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 to hand Cleveland its fourth straight loss.

Twins 3, Athletics 2, 10 innings

Oakland, Calif. -- Shannon Stewart scored from first base when Bobby Crosby dropped a fly ball in the 10th inning Saturday, lifting Minnesota over Oakland. Stewart beat out an infield single against Jim Mecir (0-3) with one out. Cristian Guzman flied out, and Stewart ran on an 0-1 pitch to Doug Mientkiewicz, who hit a soft fly to shallow left field. Crosby jogged to make the catch, and the ball bounded off his glove into the bullpen area for an error.

Late Friday game

Athletics 11, Twins 9 (13)

Oakland, Calif. -- Eric Byrnes hit a two-run homer in a game that lasted 4 hours, 53 minutes.

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