Rangers 12, Devil Rays 6

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)—Juan Gonzalez hasn’t let the desire of Texas to deal him affect his play.

Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with four RBIs Thursday night to help the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Before the game, Rangers general manager John Hart met with Fernando Cuza, the agent for Gonzalez. The Rangers want to know whether Gonzalez, who last month blocked a deal to Montreal, would waive his no-trade clause. Hart said talks will continue.

“It was productive,” Hart said. “The purpose of the meeting was to find out facts. Where are we. What’s going on. I’m sure we’ll meet again.”

Gonzalez hit his 429th homer, a three-run drive, and added a run-scoring double. He is keeping an open mind on waiving the no-trade provision.

“It was an exchange of information,” Cuza said. “We’ll give it some time to absorb what we talked about today.”

Donnie Sadler and Marcus Thames also homered for the Rangers, who have won seven of their last 11.

John Thomson (7-9) allowed three runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings, striking out nine as he won his third straight decision.

“John’s been good for a while,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s really locked into a good mode.”

Joe Kennedy (3-6) allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings. It was his second start since missing six weeks with left shoulder inflammation.

“My arm feels good,” Kennedy said. “I just need to settle down and get back into some sort of groove. I got the ball up, couldn’t hit any of my spots and couldn’t keep the ball down.”

Gonzalez made it 11-1 in the eighth with his 24th homer. He has a hit 13 of his past 14 games.

Aubrey Huff hit a two-run double for the Devil Rays, who have lost five of six. Sadler hit a leadoff homer during a four-run, third inning as the Rangers took a 4-0 lead.

Michael Young had an RBI triple, and Alex Rodriguez and Gonzalez added run-scoring doubles.

Young and Doug Glanville had RBIs doubles in the fourth to put the Rangers up 6-0.

Thames, acquired from the Yankees on June 6 in the Ruben Sierra trade, made it 8-0 with a two-run homer in the fifth. He was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma before the game and started in left field.

Tampa Bay’s Damian Rolls drove in a run with a single in the seventh inning, and Huff had his two-run double in the eighth.

Glanville got his fourth hit of the game on an RBI single in the ninth. He has 12 hits in his past 21 at-bats.

Julio Lugo had a two-run triple and Carl Crawford had a sacrifice fly during a three-run ninth.

“Offensively, we just got started too late,” Tampa Bay manager LouPiniella said. “We fell too far behind.”


Gonzalez has 1,387 RBIs. … Texas recalled RHP Ryan Drese from Triple-A Oklahoma, RHP Victor Santos was sent outright to Oklahoma. … Tampa Bay called up LHP Mark Malaska from Triple-A Durham. He made his major league debut in the ninth. … Tampa Bay LHP Bobby Seay was optioned to Durham. …The Rangers have an AL best 139 homers.

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