Friday night follies

April 21, 1996

Records and notes from the Orioles' 26-7 loss to the Texas Rangers:

The 26 runs allowed by the Orioles was a club record, breaking the prior mark of 24. On June 26, 1978, Toronto beat the Orioles, 24-10, in a game started by Mike Flanagan. Catcher Elrod Hendricks pitched in relief.

The 16 runs allowed in the eighth inning was the second-most in this century. The Boston Red Sox scored 17 against Detroit on June 18, 1953. In 1883, Chicago scored 18 against Detroit.

This wasn't the first game manager Davey Johnson lost, 26-7. On June 11, 1985, his New York Mets lost by that score to the Philadelphia Phillies in a game in which Von Hayes homered twice in the first inning.

Infielder Manny Alexander became the first position player to pitch for the Orioles since Jeff Tackett on Aug. 11, 1993. Alexander allowed a hit (a grand slam), four walks and five runs in two-thirds of an inning.

The Orioles and Rangers played four hours and 15 minutes, one minute short of the AL record (for nine innings) set by the Orioles on June 8, 1986, and three minutes shy of the major-league record set by the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants on Oct. 2, 1962.

It was the most runs scored by one team since the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies, 26-7, on Aug. 18, 1995. The Red Sox scored the most runs ever in a 29-4 win over St. Louis on June 8, 1950.

The bottom of the eighth lasted 56 minutes.

The Orioles' team ERA jumped from 3.00 to 4.53.

The Rangers' previous mark for runs in one game was 20.

Eight Rangers scored at least two runs, one shy of the major-league record.

Thirteen players scored at least one run for Texas, tying a major-league record accomplished four other times.

The Rangers sent 19 men to the plate in the eighth, four short of the major-league record.

Orioles relievers Jimmy Myers, Roger McDowell, Armando Benitez, Jesse Orosco and Manny Alexander combined to pitch 3 2/3 innings, allowing 12 hits, 18 runs (all earned), 11 walks, and no strikeouts.

The Rangers' Darryl Hamilton batted three times in the eighth, tying a major-league record.

The Rangers drew eight walks in the eighth, three shy of the major-league record set by the New York Yankees on Sept. 11, 1949, against Washington.

Jesse Orosco gave up six hits, two walks and eight runs and his ERA jumped from 9.82 to 27.00.

The three Orioles pitchers in the eighth threw 99 pitches.

Despite the huge final margin, Ed Vosberg earned a save because he entered the game in the eighth inning of what was then a three-run game.

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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