KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- If his inconsiderate neighbor would just
lose that noisy alarm clock, there's no telling how many home runs
David Dellucci might hit.
The well-rested Texas outfielder hit two homers Friday night and
helped power the Texas Rangers past the Kansas City Royals 5-3 for
their seventh straight win.Oddly, all three of his multihomer games this year have come
away from home."I tend to sleep 'til noon when I go on the road. Maybe that's
the trick," said Dellucci, whose 14 homers are a career-high.
"Guy's got an alarm clock that goes off every morning at 8 o'clock
at home. I've got to get up when that alarm clock goes off in the
apartment next to me. It's horrible. I've beat on the wall and
everything. And he lets it go for like an hour. So every morning at
8, I'm wide awake."Kevin Mench added a three-run shot as the Rangers remained a
half-game behind first-place Oakland the tight Al West race and
tied with Boston for the wild-card lead.Ryan Drese (11-6) won his fourth straight decision, a career
best, allowing three runs and five hits in seven-plus innings.
Drese is 7-1 in his last eight starts, and his 3.35 ERA is third in
the league behind Oakland's Tim Hudson (2.95) and Minnesota's Johan
Santana (3.23)."He was throwing strikes and getting ahead of us," said Kansas
City's David DeJesus, who had a single and a triple and scored a
run. "He gets a lot of movement. Nothing is straight."The Rangers got only four hits off rookie Mike Wood (2-5) --
three homers and a single -- and did not strand a single runner. Two
men who were walked were erased on double plays."That's efficiency," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 38th save in 40
chances. The Rangers are one win shy of their longest winning
streak this season, set from June 18-26.Wood and Jaime Cerda combined on a four-hitter. Wood gave up
five runs and four hits in 7 1-3 innings. The Rangers hit three
homers for the third game in a row."They hit my mistakes," Wood said. "Instead of a double off
the wall or a single here or there, they hit home runs. That's what
that team does -- they hit home runs."Joe Randa hit an RBI single in the first, but Dellucci's
fourth-inning homer -- which came after Wood retired his first 10
batters -- and Mench's drive in the fifth put Texas ahead 4-1.DeJesus had an RBI grounder in the bottom half. Dellucci homered
again in the sixth.Ruben Gotay singled in a run off Carlos Almanzar in the eighth
after a triple by DeJesus.Before this year, Dellucci had never hit more than one homer in
a game."I'm almost due on my lease," he said. "Maybe I'll stay in a
hotel at home from now on."
The three-game series marks the only road games for the
Rangers during a 19-game stretch. ... Royals 2B Tony Graffanino is
to undergo rotator cuff surgery next week and will miss the rest of
the season. ... The Rangers' Eric Young made his first professional
start at third base.