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Soriano goes 6-for-6; Young's RBI hit wins it

5/9/2004

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- In a fitting end to a wild night, there
was a fireworks show after the game.

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 for the Rangers, who won after trailing by 10 runs for the
first time in team history. The previous best was on May 5, 2000,
when the Rangers trailed Oakland 15-7 before winning 17-16.

"It's not the way you draw up a big win." Young said in a
jubilant Texas clubhouse. "But it's great for our club, and we
proved something to ourselves."

Detroit's mood was quite different.

"This shouldn't have happened but it did," Tigers manager Alan
Trammell said. "The fact we lost this game is very disturbing."

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.

"In 27 or 28 years I've never seen anything like this," Texas
manager Buck Showalter said. "Nothing these guys do surprise me
anymore."

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, who raised his average from .302 to .336.

"This is the craziest game I've ever seen," Cordero said.

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 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
as the game stretched on for 3:59. But the Tigers' Rondell White
missed out on the fun, going 0-for-6.

Rodriguez, who spent the first 11{ seasons of his career in
Texas, and Alex Sanchez each had three hits and three RBI. 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. He inherited the 10-run
lead, but promptly gave up two-run home runs to Blalock and Herbert
Perry.

"The other eight guys around me did their job." said Maroth,
who lost 21 games last season. "It's one thing to have a bad
outing. But it hurts more since we scored 14 runs five innings. I
just couldn't find a way to get outs."

The Rangers' R.A. Dickey, who had won his previous three starts,
gave up six runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

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 batter and was replaced by Ron Mahay.

Alex Sanchez had another two-run single and Rodriguez hit an RBI
infield single as Detroit's first eight batters reached before
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. 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 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.

"I was thinking maybe we score two runs or three runs at a
time," Soriano said. "I never thought we could do anything like
this."

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

Game notes
Texas pitching coach Orel Hershiser was ejected in the
second inning by plate umpire Matt Hollowell after asking about his
strike zone. ... Perry homered for the first time since Sept. 26,
2002, against Anaheim. ... Detroit's Bobby Higginson hit a two-run
homer in the second. ... This was Texas' first extra-inning game of
the season. Detroit is 1-2 in extra-inning games.