Rays’ Archer finally loses after great run

by Gary Shelton on June 28, 2015 · 0 comments

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Archer finally lost for the Tampa Bay Rays./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Archer finally lost for the Tampa Bay Rays./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Sunday, 8:15 p.m.

Eventually, the odds were going to catch up to him.

Eventually, Chris Archer was going to have to lose.

It was starting to seem as if it would never happen. Archer was beaten for the first time since May 7, 10 starts ago, as the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs to earn a 5-3 victory over him Sunday afternoon. Archer struck out 10, but one of the long balls he surrendered was a two-run homer to old nemesis David Ortiz.

Archer had led the American League in era, and he was 6-0 with a 0.91 era during his winning streak. Archer, however, is 1-6 in his last seven decisions against Boston.

Justin Masterson, who had been 2-8 against Tampa Bay, got the win, including a 1-4 mark with a 6.92 era at Tropicana Field.

The Red Sox built a 4-0 lead behind homers by Ortiz, Pablo Sandavol and Alejandro De Aza.

Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits and two RBI for the Rays.

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