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Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2003 12:19 AM EDT
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Texas Rangers
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R H E
4 4 0
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6 12 1
W Gonzalez (2-1)
L Benes (0-3)
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TAMPA BAY 6, TEXAS 4
 

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Ben Grieve homered twice - his fourth career multi-homer game - to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 6-4 victory over the Texas Rangers .

Grieve, who was activated from the disabled list Friday after missing most of the season following thumb surgery, got the Devil Rays on the board in the second inning with a solo homer that cut the Rangers' lead to 3-1.

His three-run blast off Texas starter Alan Benes in the fourth gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 advantage.

Grieve came within one RBI of his sixth career five-RBI game. It was his first multi-homer game since April 12, 2002.

"We needed someone else besides (Aubrey) Huff to hit the ball out of the ballpark," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "Tonight we got it."

Benes (0-3) left after the second home run, having allowed four runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five.

"I felt like I should have pitched better tonight," Benes said. "I had the lead again and couldn't hold it."

Benes has not gotten out of the fourth inning in three of his four starts with the Rangers. In his second time through the order, opponents are hitting .682 against the righthander.

"The walks are what's putting us in the stretch more than we should be," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "We have a lot of counts in our favor and can't close the guys out."

Tampa Bay starter Jeremi Gonzalez (2-1) allowed only two hits in five innings, but walks were his undoing as he issued four, leading to four runs.

"I pitched with Texas at Triple-A last year and I thought I pitched pretty well, but they never called my name," Gonzalez said. "I said at one point last year, 'I'm going to face you guys next year.' Now, it's Wrigley Field (on Tuesday). I want to pitch against the Cubs. That's the club I started with. I don't have a grudge with them. I just want to beat them."

Gonzalez left after hitting Juan Gonzalez with a pitch to lead off the sixth inning. The Texas slugger came around to score on a single by Einar Diaz .

But Tampa Bay got its two-run margin back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Jared Sandberg .

After Travis Harper pitched two innings, Jesus Colome worked the eighth. Lance Carter tossed a perfect ninth inning for his 10th save of the season.

"I am feeling good right now," Carter said. "It isn't any different than any other role. As a starter you still have to throw strikes and get people out. I just happen to be doing it at the end of the game."

Carter has converted five of his last six save opportunities.


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