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Texas wins 16-15 in 10 innings

Postby WebHamster » Sun May 09, 2004 3:00 am

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Michael Young singled home the winning run in the 10th inning to give Texas a 16-15 win over Detroit in the second contest of their three-game series at Ameriquest Field.

Alfonso Soriano set a career high and a team record with six hits and drove in four runs for the Rangers, who scored 10 runs in a record-setting fifth inning to win for the 11th time in 14 games. Young and Herbert Perry each posted three hits.

"It was quite an adventure," said Texas catcher Gerald Laird. "It shows a lot of char in our team."

Alex Sanchez and Ivan Rodriguez both finished with three hits and drove in three runs for the Tigers, who squandered a 14-4 lead before losing for the fifth time in six games. Bobby Higginson homered.

Hank Blalock and Perry each smacked a two-run homer for Texas, which scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to force a 14-14 tie and chase Mike Maroth. The team's nine initial hitters reached base safely in the inning.

Blalock triggered the outburst with a two-run homer. Two hitters later, Perry delivered a two-run shot, his first of the season.

Maroth, the Detroit starter who left after walking the next hitter, was charged with nine runs -- eight earned -- on seven hits in four-plus innings.

With the bases loaded, pinch hitter David Dellucci smacked a two-run single to get the Rangers within 14-10. After an RBI hit from Laird, they got within 14-13 on a two-run hit by Soriano. Perry forged a 14-14 tie on a single to center.

The inning, which took 68 minutes to play, set the major league record for total runs in the fifth inning and fell one short of the all-time mark for most runs in an inning. Cleveland and Boston scored 19 runs in the eighth inning on April 10, 1977.

Craig Dingman -- Detroit's third pitcher in the fifth -- got Brian Jordan to ground into an inning-ending double play.

A hit by Rodriguez regained a 15-14 lead for the Tigers. Infante walked, was sacrificed second and scored on a single to left by Rodriguez.

The Rangers forged a 15-15 tie in the seventh. Blalock opened the inning with a triple to center and scored on Soriano's double to the base of the wall in left.

Soriano and Perry singled with one out in the ninth, but Jamie Walker retired the next two hitters to force extra innings.

In the 10th, Eric Young worked a four-pitch walk off Ugueth Urbina (1-1) to open the inning. He was sacrificed to second. After an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Brad Fullmer, Michael Young drove home the winning run on a single to right.

Francisco Cordero (1-0) worked a scoreless 10th to earn the victory.

"I don't know if I have ever been involved in a game like that," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "If you have, you probably wouldn't want to remember it."

Higginson's second homer of the season put the Tigers ahead 2-0 in the top of the second. Carlos Guillen, who singled and moved to second on a passed ball, scored on the play.

Texas scored four two-out runs in the bottom of the second to go ahead 4-2. With the bases loaded, Michael Young delivered a two-run single. Soriano drove in one run on an infield hit, and a throwing error by Guillen, the Detroit shortstop allowed Michael Young to cross the plate.

The Tigers pulled within 4-3 in the fourth on a single by Fernando Vina. The hit plated Sanchez, who led off the inning with a double.

In the fourth, Detroit took a 6-4 edge on a three-run flurry against R.A. Dickey. With one out, Higginson walked, took second on a hit by Craig Monroe and scored on Omar Infante' single to force a 4-4 tie.

Dickey, the Rangers starter, allowed six runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Sanchez put his team ahead 5-4 on a bunt single, and Rodriguez capped the flurry with an RBI single to center.

An eight-run outburst in the top of the fifth opened a 14-4 advantage for the Tigers. Sanchez, Monroe and Carlos Pena each delivered two-run hits, while and Rodriguez added an RBI single. Guillen capped the rally with an RBI grounder.
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