Seattle (59-95) at Texas (86-68)

Sunny Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 93° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 26, 2004
  • TV: FSSW
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Ryan Drese has been the Texas Rangers’ best pitcher during their playoff push.

He’ll be called upon to come up big again when Texas closes out a three-game series with the last-place Seattle Mariners at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.

Drese has won each of his last three starts and is 10-3 since mid-July, helping the Rangers stay in the thick of the hunt for the AL West title. On Tuesday, he allowed four runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 9-4 victory over first-place Oakland as the Rangers climbed within four games of the Athletics.

Drese has beaten the A’s in his last two outings, and posted a 10-3 victory over Toronto on Sept. 10. He will be bidding for his second four-start win streak of the season, matching his run from Aug. 5-20.

Though Kenny Rogers leads the Rangers with 17 wins, Drese’s 3.80 ERA is tops — and he’s pitched a team-high 201 1-3 innings.

The Rangers closed within two games of the A’s with Saturday’s come-from-behind 5-4 victory. Michael Young’s tying RBI triple in the seventh inning sparked a two-run rally as Texas bounced back from Friday’s series-opening 8-7 defeat.

The Rangers, who have won six of seven and 11 of 15, are tied with Anaheim for second place in the West. The Angels beat the A’s 5-3 on Saturday.

“We’re still hanging,” said Brian Jordan, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. “We need some help from Anaheim tomorrow. We need to handle our business and, hopefully, win our last eight.”

Ichiro Suzuki’s two-run single gave him 250 hits, seven shy of George Sisler’s 84-year-old major league record with eight games remaining.

Seattle’s star outfielder went 1-for-5 and is batting .374, best in the majors. He tied Rogers Hornsby (1922) and Chuck Klein (1930) for fifth on the single-season hits list. Al Simmons is next with 253 in 1925.

Edgar Martinez homered for the Mariners, who had a three-game win streak snapped.

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2-4 Record 14-10
5.52 ERA 4.20
20 K 98
11 BB 58
1.48 WHIP 1.40