ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Ryan Drese gave the Texas rotation
another solid start, and this time the Rangers came away with a
The right-hander threw eight strong innings, and Michael Young
homered and drove in three runs as the Rangers beat the Toronto
Blue Jays 4-2 on Friday night.
Drese (1-1) allowed two runs and six hits to earn the second
victory by a Texas starter in 11 tries this season. He struck out
one and didn't issue a walk.
"He looked great, one of the best outings I've ever seen him
have," said Texas' Mark Teixeira, who also homered.
Texas starters have given up three runs or less in nine of the
11 games, but sporadic offense and shaky relief pitching have
wasted some of those efforts.
"[Drese's performance] was definitely a key for us," Young
said. "It was great that he could give the bullpen a rest. That
was a big plus. Our starting pitching has done a great job for
Drese had an effective sinker, finishing with 14 ground-ball
outs and retiring 13 in a row from the third through the seventh.
"You've got to mix it up and keep them off balance, mix in some
offspeed pitches," Drese said. "I was just trying to keep the
Drese pitched out of trouble in the eighth when the Blue Jays
put runners on first and third with two outs. Drese retired Vernon
Wells on a force-out to end the threat.
"He's hardly made any mistakes," Wells said of Drese. "He
stayed on the corners and when a guy does that, you're not going to
get too many hits."
Francisco Cordero got three outs, two on strikeouts, for his
fourth save in six chances. Cordero threw 11 pitches in the ninth.
"That's really what I'm looking for, to come in and get 'em out
one-two-three and not throw too many pitches so I can pitch
tomorrow and the next day," Cordero said.
Frank Catalanotto homered for the Blue Jays, who had won five of
their previous six.
Young's first-inning RBI double gave Texas a 1-0 lead, but
Toronto tied it in the second on Greg Myers' run-scoring grounder.
Catalanotto's leadoff homer in the second put the Blue Jays back
The Rangers grabbed a 3-2 lead in the third against Ted Lilly
(0-1) on Young's two-run blast, his first of the season.
Young has hit safely in 10 of Texas' 11 games this season and
leads the team with 10 RBI.
Lilly allowed three runs and five hits over five innings. He
struck out three and walked four.
Teixeira's solo homer in the eighth extended the Rangers' lead
Richard Hidalgo, who usually plays right field, played his
first game for Texas in center. He hadn't played center field since
2002 for the Houston Astros. ... Mark DeRosa got into his first
game for the Rangers, starting at DH. The utility player had
reconstructive knee surgery last October, then signed with Texas in
January after spending his nine-year pro career in the Atlanta
organization. ... Toronto has lost eight of nine to Texas. ... The
Rangers have come from behind in all five victories this season.
... Teixeira has homered in seven of his last eight games against