Extra-inning games becoming norm for Tigers

HOUSTON -- The Tigers have had their share of extra-inning games this season. In their first 27 games, five have gone to extras, including Thursday's 14-inning affair in which the Tigers scored four times in the top of the 14th to win, 7-3.

"It's a shame anybody had to lose that game," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "It was a good game because we won. It would have been a lousy game if we lost.

"It was a weird game. You can see what you got going here. [The Astros are] full of ambition and trying to make their mark. And they're going to play you tooth and nail. "

The marathon game matched the longest for Detroit this season. On April 17 at Seattle, the Tigers beat the Mariners, 2-1, in 14 innings.

The Tigers have lost games this season in 10, 12 and 13 innings.

"That's a lot of baseball," said Leyland. "This stuff is hard."

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.