Drese throws six shutout innings after four-run first


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Ryan Drese looked as if he was in for
another short outing.

Instead, he recovered from a four-run first with six shutout
innings and the Texas Rangers rallied past the Anaheim Angels 9-7
Thursday to take three of four from the World Series champions.

"You saw the reason why the tiebreaker with Ryan in spring
training was his competitive fire," Rangers manager Buck Showalter
said. "There is no scare, no quit in him. He wasn't going to feel
sorry for himself, he was going to try to find a way to get it

David Eckstein hit a leadoff home run and Troy Glaus added a
two-run shot as the Angels quickly jumped ahead 4-0. But that's all
they managed against Drese (1-1).

The Rangers' No. 5 starter, who got only one out and gave up six
runs in his first outing against Seattle, struck out eight while
throwing 137 pitches in seven innings. By the time he left, Texas
led 9-4.

"It's a confidence builder, especially after that first
inning," Drese said. "I felt good, I felt strong and felt in

After Texas tied it with a four-run fourth, Drese found himself
in a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. He struck out Benji Gil to end
the inning, and the Rangers went ahead to stay in the bottom half.

"He trusted his stuff more. He continued to pound the strike
zone and stayed aggressive," Showalter said. "He was frustrated
after the first, but he had good stuff. Sometimes they hit it, and
you just have to trust it's good and let it play out."

Carl Everett homered for the Rangers and scored the go-ahead run
on a throwing error.

Everett drew a one-out walk in the fifth and went to third on
Alex Rodriguez's single that chased Mickey Callaway (1-1). Reliever
Scott Schoeneweis tried to pick off Rodriguez at first, but his
wild throw allowed Everett to score and make it 5-4.

Schoeneweis didn't retire any of the three batters he faced. He
hit Rafael Palmeiro with a pitch and walked Hank Blalock before
rookie Mark Teixeira's two-run single up the middle.

Ryan Christenson added an RBI single off Ben Weber for an 8-4

Christenson, recalled from the minors Tuesday and making his
third straight start for injured center fielder Doug Glanville,
also had a two-run single in the fourth.

Michael Young led off the inning with a single and Everett hit
his fifth homer, his fourth in the series. Christenson's two-out
single tied it at 4 as the Rangers batted around after Callaway
faced the minimum nine batters through the first three innings.

"I got ahead in the first three innings and fell behind in the
fourth against almost every hitter," Callaway said. "I'm not
going to be successful doing that."

Callaway allowed six runs on seven hits over 4 1-3 innings. He
gave up just three earned runs in 11 1/3 innings in his first two
starts while replacing Aaron Sele in the rotation as the
right-hander recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

The Angels got the rest of their runs in the ninth after C.J.
Nitkowski gave up three straight one-out hits, including Garret
Anderson's RBI double. Ugueth Urbina took over, allowing Glaus' RBI
single and Scott Spiezio's sacrifice fly before finishing for his
sixth save in as many tries.

Blalock led off the seventh with his fifth homer, hitting the
first pitch from Scot Shields over the center-field fence. Blalock
was 2-for-3, improving his average to .423.

Angels first baseman Brad Fullmer has reached base in 10
straight plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with two walks for the
second straight day.

Game notes
Angels manager Mike Scioscia was ejected by plate umpire
Greg Gibson in the fifth for arguing a called third strike against
Tim Salmon. After being tossed for yelling at Gibson from the
dugout, Scioscia came out for a face-to-face discussion. "Man,
everybody thought it was low," Scioscia said. ... Texas increased
its major league-leading home run total to 32. ... It was
Eckstein's second career leadoff homer. The other was last Sept. 7
at Baltimore. ... Glanville was placed on the 15-day disabled list,
retroactive to Tuesday, with a strained right hamstring. OF Kevin
Mench was activated and went 1-for-3 in his first game of the