SAN ANTONIO - It was a case of better early than never for

the San Antonio Missions on Wednesday night in their Texas

League game with the Tulsa Drillers.

San Antonio scored two runs in the first inning and hit

a pair of two-run homers in the second to hand the Drillers

their seventh consecutive loss, 6-2.

Tulsa, which dropped to 4-16 on the road, got both of its

runs in the fourth inning when Mike Burton hit his fourth

home run of the season.

Drillers starter David Perez, who played collegiately at

St. Mary's of San Antonio, retired the final 12 batters

he faced. Perez (0-5) gave up two hits after two inning

and none after the fourth.

Missions' Dennis Springer improved to 2-4, allowing four

hits in eight innings. The knuckleballer struck out six

and walked two and was aided by two double plays.

San Antonio leadoff hitter Eric Young got things started

in the first when his bouncer went off third baseman Luke

Sable's glove for a double. Jeff Frye then bobbled Tim Barker's

grounder to second, placing runners at first and third.

On Barker's steal of second, catcher Ivan Rodriguez's throwing

error allowed Young to score and Barker to reach third.

He came in on Brett Magnusson's roller to short.

Tulsa put its first two batters on in the second, but Donald

Harris hit into a double play.

San Antonio's Mike White singled to lead off the bottom

of the inning. Bryan Baar then hit a home run to push the

Missions in front 4-0. Eighth-place hitter Steve Finken

followed with a double and Lance Rice homered to dead center.

In the fourth, Tulsa's Dan Rohrmeier walked and Burton homered

to make it 6-2. Burton's double in the ninth was followed

by a Rodriguez single. Pat Garman, however, hit into an

inning-ending double play.

Bryan Gore is scheduled to pitch for the Drillers at 7:05

tonight against San Antonio's Jimmy Terrill.