Detroit, Texas Hit Record 18 Runs in 5th


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ARLINGTON, Texas - Detroit and Texas combined for 18 runs in the fifth inning Saturday night, one short of the major league record for runs in any inning.

There were 100 pitches in the inning, which lasted 1 hour, 8 minutes and became the highest-scoring fifth inning in major league history. Detroit scored eight runs in the top half for a 14-4 lead, and the Rangers scored 10 runs in the bottom half, which lasted 36 minutes.

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

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

Texas reliever Doug Brocail walked his first three batters, allowed a two-run single to Craig Monroe, walked another batter and was replaced by Ron Mahay.

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

Texas' first nine batters reached in the bottom half. Hank Blalock and Perry hit two-run homers off starter Mike Maroth, Danny Patterson walked his only two batters, David Dellucci hit a two-run single off Al Levine and Gerald Laird followed with an RBI 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 the score with an RBI single.

Craig Dingman came in and walked Mark Teixeira, then got Brian Jordan to hit into an inning-ending double play.

You just have to be Amazed at how well these Two Teams have been playing this far...