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Rangers nip Tigers in game that includes 18 runs in fifth inning

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ARLINGTON, Texas – 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.

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

Each team used seven pitchers in the game, with Francisco Cordero (1-0) pitching a scoreless 10th. Eric Young walked leading off the bottom half and scored the winning run.

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.

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

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

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