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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Struggling Jorge Cantu put the Texas Rangers into a deeper hole.
Cantu hit his first homer since July 29 and drove in three runs to help the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Rangers 7-3 Wednesday night.
Cantu had sat out the previous two days and was hitting just .146 since July 24 before going 3-for-4 against Texas.
"He gets the next two days off," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon joked. "He responded really well. I think he feels pretty good about himself right now."
Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer for the Rangers, who have lost the first three games of a four-game series with the Devil Rays. Texas is 7½ games behind the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics, who beat Toronto 6-0.
"It's not unfathomable," Teixeira said. "It's a big league team. They want to win just as much as we do, and they've played better than us the last three days. They can go out and beat anybody, so we just have to play better."
Cantu hit a two-run drive in fifth and a run-scoring double one inning later that gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 lead.
"I needed to clear my head," Cantu said. "I feel really relaxed. Very, very relaxed for the first time in a long time."
Cantu's double went over center fielder Jerry Hairston, who got turned around on the play. Hairston made the start to give Gary Matthews Jr. some rest.
"I let the team down," Hairston said. "My job is to keep the train rolling. Tonight, I'm embarrassed. It's unacceptable."
Carl Crawford added a two-run shot in Tampa Bay's three-run seventh. It was his career-high 16th homer of the season.
Shawn Camp (6-1) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win. The Devil Rays are 13-25 since the All-Star break.
Rocco Baldelli doubled in a run in the first and Cantu snapped an 0-for-19 skid with his 10th homer of the season against Kevin Millwood (12-9) in the fifth, putting the Devil Rays ahead 3-0.
Millwood gave up six runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.
"It's been real frustrating seeing as how we haven't done anything well," Millwood said. "You can't pick out one facet of the game that we've done well."
The Rangers tied it at three in the top of the sixth when Teixeira hit his 21st homer and Rod Barajas doubled in a run against Casey Fossum.
"We came back, tied it up," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "It didn't look good at 3-0. We battled our way back. We just couldn't get a shutdown inning after that."
Fossum didn't allow a hit in the first three innings but the Rangers loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth on two singles and a walk. Fossum worked out of the jam by striking out Barajas.
Fossum allowed three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked two.
Barajas is 1-for-9, including four strikeouts, with the bases loaded this season. His lone hit was a grand slam. ... Tampa Bay placed RHP Jae Seo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. The Devil Rays recalled RHP Jason Hammel from Triple-A Durham to start Friday's game at Baltimore. ... Rangers minor league RHP Eric Hurley, taken 30th overall in the 2004 draft, was placed on the DL at Double-A Frisco with an oblique injury. ... Tampa Bay INF Ty Wigginton (broken left hand) is expected to start taking batting practice Saturday. ... Cantu's homer gave the Devil Rays nine players with 10 or more homers this season.
|Players of the Game|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.303|
|Michael Young, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.308|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.292|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||2||1||.283|
|Mark DeRosa, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.318|
|Hank Blalock, DH||2||1||0||0||2||1||0||.288|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||0||2||1||0||1||3||.261|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.139|
|a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.308|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.203|
|b- Matt Stairs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.260|
|a-struck out for Cruz in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Hairston in the 9th|
|2B - Ian Kinsler (22, Camp), Rod Barajas (18, Fossum)|
|HR - Mark Teixeira (21, Fossum)|
|RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (77), Rod Barajas (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (17)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Jerry Hairston Jr. 1|
|DP - Young-Kinsler-Teixeira|
|Kevin Millwood (L,12-9)||6.1||8||6||6||4||7||1||4.73|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 92-57, C.J. Wilson 14-8, Nicholas Masset 6-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 4-6, C.J. Wilson 1-1, Nicholas Masset 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 29, C.J. Wilson 4, Nicholas Masset 3|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Rocco Baldelli, CF||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.297|
|B.J. Upton, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||3||3||.215|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||1||1||2||0||0||2||.314|
|Greg Norton, DH||3||0||0||0||1||3||0||.308|
|Dioner Navarro, C||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.267|
|Travis Lee, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.217|
|Jorge Cantu, 2B||4||1||3||3||0||1||0||.243|
|Russell Branyan, RF||2||1||0||0||1||0||1||.206|
|Damon Hollins, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.228|
|Ben Zobrist, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.208|
|2B - Rocco Baldelli (16, Millwood), Jorge Cantu 2 (15, Millwood, Masset)|
|3B - Rocco Baldelli (3, Millwood)|
|HR - Carl Crawford (16, Wilson), Jorge Cantu (10, Millwood)|
|RBI - Rocco Baldelli (36), B.J. Upton (4), Carl Crawford 2 (66), Jorge Cantu 3 (51)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rocco Baldelli (9)|
|SB - B.J. Upton (2, 2nd base off Wilson/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - B.J. Upton (5, ), Ben Zobrist 2 (4, )|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Shawn Camp (W,6-1)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.28|
|Pitches-Strikes - Casey Fossum 100-60, Shawn Camp 17-12, Ruddy Lugo 34-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Fossum 6-5, Shawn Camp 1-2, Ruddy Lugo 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Casey Fossum 25, Shawn Camp 5, Ruddy Lugo 7|
|Attendance - 9701|
|Game Time - 2:30|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Bill Miller|