Texas (55-41) at Los Angeles (52-46)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Mon Jul 26, 2004
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Ryan Drese has been dominant at home this season. However, he’s had some problems pitching away from Arlington.

Drese looks to earn his first win road win as the AL West-leading Rangers open a three-game series with the Anaheim Angels.

Drese won his second straight start on Wednesday, allowing two runs and five hits in seven innings of a 3-2 victory over Kelvim Escobar and the Angels. The right-hander improved to 6-1 at home, where he has a 1.98 ERA.

“Drese kept the ball down all night,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s got a real good arm, but has really started to understand the importance of movement and locating pitches.”

Drese’s only home loss was a 1-0, complete-game effort against the Houston Astros on June 27. However, he has had a rougher time on the road, going 0-4 with a 5.40 ERA. Drese has not received a decision in his last three starts away from Ameriquest Field, but has given up 12 runs in 16 innings spanning those outings.

Escobar, who has lost his last two starts and five of his last six decisions, gave up three runs and five hits in Wednesday’s defeat. The Angels have averaged just 3.7 runs in Escobar’s 19 starts.

“I’m human,” said Escobar, who has lasted at least six innings and given up three or fewer earned runs in nine of his last 12 starts. “You want to win, not only me, but as a team. The way I’ve thrown so far this year, I deserve better, but that’s the way things go. Baseball is a crazy game.”

Jose Guillen and Bengie Molina hit solo homers for Anaheim in a 6-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, snapping a three-game winning streak.

The Rangers lost 9-2 to Oakland on Sunday, dropping their lead in the West to 2 1/2 games over the Athletics. Michael Young homered for Texas, which has dropped three of four.

“They’ve definitely made a statement that they’re contenders, they’re championship-caliber,” Scioscia said of the Rangers. “We’ve talked about the offensive end of things for a number of years with that club, and they’re balancing it on the pitching side with some guys that are throwing the ball very well.”

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R. Drese Hou vs. K. Escobar Mil
14-10 Record 11-12
4.20 ERA 3.93
98 K 191
58 BB 76
1.40 WHIP 1.29