Cardinals struggle in loss to Rangers

Sunday, June 13, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 7, 2008

ARLINGTON, Texas — Hank Blalock hit his second career grand slam and drove in five runs, and Ryan Drese pitched seven strong innings in the Texas Rangers 7-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Drese (3-3) won for the first time since beating Tampa Bay on May 5. He allowed two runs, one earned, and allowed four hits against a St. Louis offense that came in tied for the National League lead in runs scored.

Marlon Anderson’s solo home run ended Drese’s shutout bid with two outs in the sixth. The Cardinals scored an unearned run in the seventh when Jim Edmonds scored from second on Drese’s throwing error.

Blalock had an RBI single in the third inning, and his grand slam off St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter (7-2) in the fourth gave Texas a 7-0 lead. It was Blalock’s 14th home run of the season.

The Rangers roughed up Carpenter, who had won his past six decisions. He allowed a season-high seven runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first loss since April 14 against Houston.

Rod Barajas doubled and Michael Young walked to open the third. Blalock singled to score Barajas, and Young also scored when the ball rolled under Anderson’s glove in left field for an error.

Gary Matthews Jr., Barajas and Young opened the fourth with consecutive singles. Blalock cleared the bases with a shot that just cleared the right-field fence.

That was more than enough support for Drese, who retired 12-of-13 batters before Anderson’s home run.

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