Tigers lose Record-setter, 16-15

The Tigers lost in extra innings to the Texas Rangers on Saturday night by a lone run. The irony is that the rest of the game was highlighted by high-scoring, as the two teams combined for 31 runs, including setting a new major league record for most runs scored in a fifth inning (8 for Detroit, 10 for Texas).

The Tiger offense is more than likely at a loss at this point. On Saturday night they put up 15 runs on the Texas Rangers, and still lost by a run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Neither starter was effective, Mike Maroth gave up 9 runs in 4 innings, while Texas starter R.A. Dickey gave 6 before being yanked after 3 2/3 innings. Neither bullpen could hold the opposition in check either. The lone bright spot for the Tiger pitching staff was new addition Craig Dingman, who went 1 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run.

Almost everybody was a star offensively for the Tigers - with the surprise exception of OF Rondell White, who went 0-for-6. Alex Sanchez had 3 hits to go along with 3 RBI, as did C Ivan Rodriguez. Bobby Higginson went 2-for-4 and also hit his 2nd home run of the season.

The 4 guys at the top of the Rangers order (Michael Young, Hank Blalock, Alfonso Soriano, Herbert Perry) did most of the damage, going a combined 14-for-22 with 12 RBI.

So, after the two teams have split the first two games of the series, game 3 takes place Sunday afternoon at 2:05pm. Lefty Nate Robertson looks to get back on track after getting hit hard two outings in a row (both by the Angels) while going up against fellow lefty Kenny Rogers.


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