Archer takes his eighth loss late against Houston

by Gary Shelton on June 12, 2016 · 1 comment

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Archer has struggled more this season than last./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Archer has struggled more this season than last./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Sunday, 5:45 a.m.

Chris Archer had a pretty good day Saturday.

Just not good enough.

He went 7 2/3 innings. He struck out eight. He gave up six hits.

And he lost. Again.

Archer fell to 4-8 as the Houston Astros rallied for a 4-3 victory

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Logan Morrison fields a ground off the bat of Carlos Gtomes./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Logan Morrison fields a grounder off the bat of Carlos Gomes./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

over the Rays despite Archer's game. The game was tied 2-2, but the Astros managed runs in the eighth and ninth for the win. It continued a season where Archer has let games get away.

This time last year, Archer was 7-4 after 14 starts. Opponents were hitting .196 with five home runs. This year, he's 4-8 and has allowed 14 home runs. Opponents are hitting .260 against him.

Steve Pearce continued his torrid hitting, getting half of the Rays' six hits. Pearce now has three straight three-hit games.

Tampa Bay had won six of seven games coming into the day.

Brad Miller and Evan Longoria hit home runs for the Rays. It was Longoria's 15th home run.

“He was outstanding,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “He had everything working.”

The Rays play Houston again today with Matt Moore on the mound.

Evan Longoria connects on his 15th homer of the season./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Evan Longoria connects on his 15th homer of the season./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

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Howard Powders June 12, 2016 at 11:18 am

Scoring runs is nice and refreshingly different for the Rays. Unfortunately for them, the game of baseball is still all about scoring more runs than the opposition, accomplished through good pitching.

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