In a game that lasted only two hours and fifteen minutes, the Texas Rangers and starting pitcher Ryan Drese made short work of the Blue Jays Friday night. Drese who had given Toronto trouble in the past, cruised thru eight innings, scattering 6 hits and giving up two runs, before Francisco Cordero struck out two in the ninth, recording his fourth save of the year, and securing Drese's first win of 2005.
Most of the damage from Texas though, came off the bat of former Blue Jays farmhand Michael Young, who doubled in Alfonso Soriano in the first, and homered off of Toronto starter Ted Lilly in the third, driving in the first three Rangers runs. Mark Teixeira hit a solo home run off Brandon League in the eight to put the game out of reach at 4-2.
Lilly, making his second start of the season, looked rusty, struggling with his control, walking four batters in his five innings of work. League, then came in to pitch the remaining three innings for Toronto.
Toronto, who has seen their offense struggle to score runs the past couple of games, got on the board in the second inning when Greg Myers scored Corey Koskie on a groundout to second base. Frank Catalanotto provided the other Blue Jays run with his first home run of the season in the third inning.
The Blue Jays will have to find a way to create more runs on Saturday with veteran lefty, Kenny Rogers (0-0), taking to the hill for Texas, going up against Gustavo Chacin (2-0) for Toronto.
The game can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet starting at 8pm EST, and on The Fan 590AM.
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