Statistical quirk covers scoreboard with 5's

The Chicago White Sox worked extra hard to keep 5 alive.

In a statistical oddity, all seven American League games Sunday included a team that scored exactly five runs. The White Sox made it a clean sweep, breaking loose in the 10th inning to beat Seattle 5-2.

Detroit and Oakland also won by 5-2 scores and Tampa Bay prevailed 5-3. The lucky number didn't turn out so well for Minnesota (which lost 9-5), Cleveland (6-5) and Texas (12-5).

It was the first time in 18 years that such a quirky thing happened with a full schedule. On Aug. 10, 1993, all seven NL games featured one team scoring precisely two runs, STATS LLC said.

The last time it occurred with five or more runs was July 20, 1955, when all four AL games had at least one team score exactly six, STATS LLC said.

There weren't a hive of fives in the NL on Sunday. Only Pittsburgh, who rallied to beat Houston 5-4, and Atlanta, which beat Philadelphia 5-2, reached the mark.

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