ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ryan Drese gave the Texas rotation another solid start, and this time the Rangers came away with a victory.
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 us."
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 ball down."
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 in front.
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 to 4-2.
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 Toronto.
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.300|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.186|
|Corey Koskie, DH||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.206|
|Shea Hillenbrand, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.316|
|Greg Myers, C||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.000|
|Russ Adams, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.222|
|Reed Johnson, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|2B - Shea Hillenbrand (4, Drese)|
|HR - Frank Catalanotto (1, Drese)|
|RBI - Frank Catalanotto (5), Greg Myers (1)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - R. Adams-Hudson-Hinske|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Ted Lilly (L,0-1)||5||5||3||3||4||3||1||3.60|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 90-56, Brandon League 33-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 2-9, Brandon League 5-1|
|Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 23, Brandon League 11|
|Alfonso Soriano, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||2||.288|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.289|
|Michael Young, SS||4||1||2||3||0||0||1||.313|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||2||1||1||1||2||0||1||.217|
|Richard Hidalgo, CF-RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.205|
|Kevin Mench, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|Chad Allen, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.357|
|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Mark DeRosa, DH||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.000|
|2B - Michael Young (2, Lilly), Rod Barajas (4, League)|
|HR - Michael Young (1, Lilly), Mark Teixeira (2, League)|
|RBI - Michael Young 3 (10), Mark Teixeira (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Young 2 (8)|
|SB - Alfonso Soriano (3, 2nd base off Lilly/Myers), Mark Teixeira (1, 2nd base off Lilly/Myers)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Ryan Drese (W,1-1)||8||6||2||2||0||1||1||4.95|
|Francisco Cordero (S,4)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.18|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Drese 106-65, Francisco Cordero 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Drese 14-9|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Drese 30, Francisco Cordero 3|
|Attendance - 30453|
|Game Time - 2:15|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Chris Guccione|