Series: Game 2 of 3

Texas leads 2-0 (as of 8/4)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 3
Game 2: Wednesday, August 4
Game 3: Thursday, August 5

Rangers 8

(59-46, 28-29 away)

Tigers 0

(50-57, 27-27 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 4, 2004

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: M. Bacsik Jr. (1-0)

    L: J. Johnson (8-9)

    Bacsik shines in Rangers debut

    DETROIT (AP) -- Long bus trips and frequent fast food in the minor leagues pushed Mike Bacsik to think about doing something else with his life.

    The 26-year-old pitcher is glad he didn't.

    Bacsik allowed four hits over seven innings in his Texas debut, and Laynce Nix hit a two-run homer to lead the Rangers over the Detroit Tigers 8-0 Wednesday night.

    Brought up from Triple-A Oklahoma last week, Bacsik retired nine straight before Alex Sanchez singled leading off the fourth. The Tigers had two on and no outs, but Bacsik got out of the jam by striking out Ivan Rodriguez, and retiring Dmitri Young and Carlos Guillen on flyouts.

    "There are a lot of days in Triple-A that you have to fight through putting the negative thoughts of not doing this in your mind," Bacsik said. "But then something like this happens, and it's worth it."

    Bacsik was 4-4 with a 6.12 ERA in 12 starts and seven relief appearances in parts of three seasons with the New York Mets and Cleveland. His father, Mike, pitched for the Rangers from 1975-77, and they are the first father-son duo in Rangers history.

    "It's hard to not watch a situation like that and not get emotional, knowing what it means to Mike and his family," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.

    Showalter said Bacsik will start again, on Monday at Baltimore.

    "That sounds good," Bacsik said. "I'm pretty excited."

    Texas won its second straight game after losing five of seven. Detroit lost its third in a row and was shut out for just the second time this year, the first since April 15.

    "(Bacsik) mixed it up well, but we should've hit him better than we did," said Brandon Inge, who was 0-for-3. "He did an unbelievable job of throwing fastballs in changeup counts, and changeups in fastball counts."

    Bacsik (1-0), who signed with the Rangers in December, struck out four and walked none. He became the 14th pitcher to start for Texas this season, the eighth who spent time in the minor leagues.

    Carlos Almanzar and Joaquin Benoit followed with hitless relief, completing the sixth shutout of the season for the Rangers.

    Jason Johnson (8-9) gave up five runs and 10 hits, tying a season high, over six innings. He was 4-1 in his previous eight starts.

    "My control wasn't there. I missed my spots by a lot," Johnson said. "It was just one of those nights that I want to forget about."

    Johnson was relieved by John Ennis, who gave up three runs and four hits over 1 1/3 innings in his debut with Detroit, his second major league appearance. Ennis, brought up Tuesday from Triple-A Toledo, was chased following Gerald Laird's RBI single the eighth. Roberto Novoa then gave up Eric Young's RBI single and Hank Blalock's sacrifice fly.

    In the second inning, Gary Matthews and David Dellucci hit back-to-back doubles, and Dellucci scored on Nix's 11th homer to put the Rangers ahead 3-0. Young added an RBI single in the fifth.

    The Rangers maintained their cushion with defense in the home half. After Rondell White's leadoff single, they turned a double play and Nix made a diving grab in center.

    Dellucci singled and scored on Laird's grounder in the sixth for a 5-0 lead.

    In the home half, Omar Infante hit a bloop single to center, but Sanchez -- running from third -- was thrown out at home by Nix.

    "That was big to make sure there wasn't a change in momentum," Showalter said.

    Game notes

    Texas RHP Jeff Nelson might go back on the DL Thursday after feeling discomfort near his right elbow while throwing in the bullpen Wednesday night, Showalter said. Nelson was on the DL from May 13-July 25 after having surgeries on his right knee and right elbow. ... Rodriguez, who is hitting .343 and no longer leads the AL in batting average, was 0-for-3 for the second straight game. ... Three of Texas' ailing pitchers are expected to make rehab starts on Thursday: Chan Ho Park (lower back) at Triple-A; Mickey Callaway (nerve injury) and Doug Brocail (hamstring) in a doubleheader at Double-A Frisco.

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