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Saturday, May 8, 2004
One run shy of MLB any-inning record

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Detroit and Texas combined to set a major league record for runs in a fifth inning, scoring 18 times Saturday night to leave the game tied at 14.

There were 100 pitches in the fifth inning, which lasted 1 hour, 8 minutes. Detroit scored eight runs in the top half for a 14-4 lead. The Tigers' half of the inning lasted 32 minutes.

Previously, the record for runs in a fifth inning was 16, last set 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). 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.