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AL: Rangers win after record 18-run 5th

By Associated Press
Published May 9, 2004

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

Michael Young hit a run-scoring single off Ugueth Urbina 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 after 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 a run-scoring single in the sixth, but Hank Blalock tripled leading off the seventh and scored on a double by Soriano, who raised his average from .302 to .336.

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.

The record for runs in a fifth inning had been 16 on Aug.3, 1986, by the Yankees (10 runs) and Indians. The major-league record for runs in any inning is 19 by Cleveland (13) and Boston in the eighth inning on April10, 1977.

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

The teams combined to use seven pitchers, one short of the record.

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, who spent the first 111/2 seasons of his career in Texas, and Alex Sanchez each had three hits and three RBIs. Craig Monroe had three hits for Detroit.

With the Tigers ahead 6-4, Texas reliever Doug Brocail walked his first three batters in the fifth, allowed a two-run single to Monroe, walked another and was replaced by Ron Mahay.

Alex Sanchez had another two-run single and Rodriguez hit a run-scoring single as Detroit's first eight reached before White took a called third strike. Jay Powell ended the inning by getting Craig Monroe to fly out.

Texas' first nine batters reached in the bottom half. Blalock and Perry hit two-run homers off Maroth, Danny Patterson walked his only two batters, David Dellucci hit a two-run single off Al Levine and Gerald Laird followed with a run-scoring single as Texas closed to 14-11.

After Michael Young struck out for the first out of the inning, Blalock walked, Soriano hit a two-run single and Perry tied it with a single.

Craig Dingman came in and walked Mark Teixeira, then Brian Jordan hit into a double play.

RED SOX 8, ROYALS 1: Pokey Reese knows he has a reputation for a great glove and a weak bat. He's doing everything he can to change that.

"I want to be known as an all-around player," he said after the first two-homer game of his career.

Reese had an inside-the-park homer and one of the conventional type to snap a homerless streak of 172 at-bats dating to April 4, 2003.

Curt Schilling (4-2) pitched his first AL complete game and 80th of his career, allowing one run on five hits while striking out eight.

Since losing five in a row, the Red Sox have won four straight, including Friday night when they scored two in the eighth and three in the ninth.

BLUE JAYS 4, WHITE SOX 2: Josh Phelps hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth - four pitches after having a homer overturned - and host Toronto won its season-high fourth straight. Phelps hit Neal Cotts' first pitch down the rightfield 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 leftfield wall off Cotts (0-1), giving Toronto a 4-2 lead.

The Blue Jays have won five of their past six at home after starting the season 1-9 at SkyDome.

ORIOLES 10, INDIANS 7: Jay Gibbons' three-run double highlighted a four-run seventh for host Baltimore. 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): J.C. Romero (1-2) pitched 22/3 innings of scoreless relief, helping host Minnesota win its third extra-inning game in five days. Joe Nathan had three strikeouts and a walk in the 10th for his eighth save in nine chances. Shannon Stewart scored from first base when Bobby Crosby dropped a fly ball in the 10th to win it.

[Last modified May 9, 2004, 01:41:11]


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