Although it seemed as though runners were constantly crossing the plate Friday night at Detroit, the Tigers and Seattle Mariners fell short of the record for leaving runners stranded.
In the 8-6 victory that left the Tigers one game out of first place in the American League East, the teams left 29 runners on base, 15 by the Mariners.
The record is 30 and, if you count 1893, it has been done four times. The last time it happened, the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators each stranded 15 on July 21, 1961.
Mickey Tettleton led off the fifth inning with his 25th home run, and before the Tigers were through they had six more runs in the inning. They enabled Bill Gullickson (16-6) to become the third pitcher to win 16. Scott Erickson of the Minnesota Twins and Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves also have won 16.