Cantu drives in winning run with two-run double

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Devil Rays took a big step
toward a modest goal.

Jorge Cantu hit a go-ahead, two-run double during a five-run
eighth inning to help the Tampa Bay beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4
Tuesday night.

Jose Cruz had four hits, including a two-run homer for the Devil
Rays, who need to go 6-7 the rest of the year for their first
70-win season.

"It feels good to smile after a ballgame," Tampa Bay manager
Lou Piniella said after the Devil Rays stopped a five-game home
losing streak. "It was a nice win."

Cantu made it 5-4 on his drive to left-center field off Shawn
Camp (2-1), and Carl Crawford and Cruz followed with RBI singles
off Jaime Cerda.

"All I wanted to do was hit the ball hard," Cantu said. "It's
amazing what can happen when you hit the ball really hard. It's a
beautiful thing."

Rocco Baldelli had pulled the Devil Rays to 4-3 on a solo homer
earlier in the eighth off Dennys Reyes.

Mark Hendrickson (9-15) allowed one unearned run in two innings,
and Danys Baez pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 30 chances.

Hendrickson, who was recently dropped from the rotation, ended a
seven-game losing streak with his first win since July 28.

Zack Greinke was looking to became the first Kansas City rookie
to win nine games in season since Rusty Meacham (10) and Hipolito
Pichardo (nine) in 1992. Greinke allowed two runs and eight hits in
6 2-3 innings, striking out seven.

"He's impressive," Piniella said. "Really poised. He changed
speeds. You know what, it looked like he was having fun out

Greinke is 6-2 in his last 10 starts.

"I'll tell you what ... they really impressed me," Greinke
said of the Devil Rays. "Those guys were making adjustments. I had
to change my philosophy."

David DeJesus hit a solo homer for the Royals, who went ahead
1-0 on Donnie Murphy's run-scoring double in the second. It was the
first career RBI for Murphy, who was called up from Class-A
Wilmington last Friday.

Cruz hit a two-run homer in the third for a 2-1 lead, but
DeJesus' homer tied it in the fifth.

"Any time you can contribute to a win, it's definitely a
satisfactory feeling," Cruz said.

Kansas City took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on Alberto Castillo's
RBI single. He has driven in six runs over his last five games.
Matt Stairs added a run-scoring single one inning later.

"We played well," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "Just one
bad inning."

Tampa Bay starter Rob Bell gave up three runs and six hits in
six innings.

Both benches were warned by plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt
after Bell threw two of his first three pitches to Abraham Nunez
well inside with two outs in the fifth. Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton was
hit by Greinke pitch in the second.

Game notes
Cantu has 41 hits in his rookie season, including 17
double. He plans to play winter ball in Mexico. ... Royals DH
Calvin Pickering, who injured his hamstring one pitch before
hitting a tiebreaking two-run homer in Monday's 6-3 win over Tampa
Bay, was in the starting lineup. ... Kansas City LF Desi Relaford
was went 0-for-3 and is hitless in 18 at-bats. ... Royals SS Angel
Berroa has gone 14 at-bats without a hit, including 0-for-4