ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Jorge Cantu homered and tied a career high with four RBIs, and Scott Kazmir allowed one run in six innings as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Saturday night.

Cantu hit a two-run homer in the fourth and drove in two more runs with a single one inning later. He has a team-best 19 homers and 81 RBIs.

Kazmir (7-8) equaled a career best with 10 strikeouts. The 21-year-old left-hander allowed four hits and two walks.

Chad Orvella, Joe Borowski and Danys Baez, who pitched the ninth for his 28th save, completed Tampa Bay’s fourth straight win. The Devil Rays have won seven of eight and are 22-12 since the All-Star break.

Gary Matthews and Alfonso Soriano homered for Texas, making the Rangers the third major league team with 200 homers in five consecutive seasons. The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees both entered 2005 with five-year streaks.

The Rangers are 1-11 on a 13-game road trip, the first time they have lost more than 10 times on any trip.

Seth McClung and two relievers limited the Rangers to three hits in the Devil Rays’ 2-1 win on Friday. Texas didn’t get a hit off Kazmir until Kevin Mench grounded a single to left with two outs in the fourth.

Cantu put the Devil Rays up 2-0 with his two-run homer in the fourth. It came on the first pitch after Carl Crawford drew a leadoff walk from Joaquin Benoit (3-3).

Tampa Bay went up 4-0 in the fifth on Cantu’s two-run single. He has driven in 50 runs in his last 54 games.

Matthews hit his career-best 15th homer in the sixth and Soriano connected for his 30th in the ninth.

Benoit gave up four runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked two.

Notes: Kazmir was hit on the lower leg by Michael Young’s grounder in the sixth, but remained in the game. … Rangers 3B Hank Blalock has no RBIs in his last nine games. … Soriano went 1-for-4 and has two hits in his last 16 at-bats. … The Rangers (57-65) fell a season-worst eight games under .500. … Borowski, who was released by the Chicago Cubs, has not allowed a run in 16 appearances, spanning 17 1-3 innings, since signing with the Devil Rays on July 11.

AP-ES-08-20-05 2058EDT


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