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Drese ties career high with 10 wins

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Laynce Nix homered and drove in three
runs, including a tiebreaking sacrifice fly, and the Texas Rangers
beat the slumping Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-2 on Sunday to sweep the
three-game series.

Mark Teixeira also hit a two-run homer for the Rangers, and Ryan
Drese pitched 7 1-3 solid innings to win his third straight start
and tie a career high with his 10th victory. Drese (10-6) gave up
two runs and seven hits before being relieved by Ron Mahay in the
eighth.

Aubrey Huff hit his 22nd homer for the Devil Rays, who have lost
six in a row. Tampa Bay completed its seven-game road trip 1-6, and
has lost 15 of its past 16 road games. The Devil Rays are 14-25
since moving a season-high two games over .500 at 40-38 on July 3.

The Rangers broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the fourth
inning.

Hank Blalock drew a leadoff walk for Jorge Sosa (3-2) and
Teixeira followed with a double to put runners on second and third.
Nix hit a sacrifice fly that gave Texas a 3-2 lead. After an
intentional walk to Gary Matthews Jr., Rod Barajas added another
sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

That was more than enough support for Drese, whose 2.17 home ERA
tops the American League. In his last three starts, Drese has given
up two runs in 20 1-3 innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.31-- the
third-best mark in the AL.

B.J. Upton gave the Devil Rays a 1-0 lead in the second inning
with an RBI triple that scored Jose Cruz Jr., who led off with a
double.

The Rangers took a 2-1 lead in their half of the second when
Kevin Mench tripled and Nix followed with his 13th home run.

Huff's homer in the third -- the first allowed by Drese in 66
innings -- tied the game at 2.

Sosa allowed five runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings.

Teixeira's two-run homer off reliever Danys Baez in the eighth
was his 28th.

Game notes
The Rangers won the season series 7-2. Tampa Bay has never
won a season series against Texas. ... Texas designated left-hander
Mike Bacsik for assignment and recalled infielder Manny Alexander
from Triple-A Oklahoma. ... The Devil Rays opened their 7-game road
trip by beating Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox last Monday.