Rays waste a solid outing by Archer

by Gary Shelton on April 21, 2015 · 0 comments

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Archer  deserved a better fate after allowing only an unearned run./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Archer deserved a better fate after allowing only an unearned run/ANDREW J. KRAMER

Tuesday, 11:47 p.m.

Nothing.

Zip.

Nada.

As a town, Tampa Bay was shut out Tuesday evening. Not only did the Lightning lose 3-0 to the Red Wings, the Rays lost 1-0 to the Red Sox and managed only four hits. It stretched the Rays' losing streak to four in a row, all in the American League East.

The loss ruined a nice effort by pitcher Chris Archer, who allowed only a single unearned run in a seven-inning, nine-strikeout effort. Archer, who had criticized designated hitter David Ortiz for his celebrity of a home run, gestured wildly after striking out Dustin Pedroia.

The Rays, struggling at the plate, have eight of their starters who are hitting .250 or less, and seven of them are at .214 or less.

Ryan Hanigan scored the game's only run on an errant throw by Rays' second baseman Ryan Brett.

As if they aren't bad enough hitting the ball, the Rays fell to 0-8 in their umpire challenges this season.

Cash challenged a play, but the challenge failed. Again. /ANDREW J. KRAMER

Cash challenged a play, but the challenge failed. Again. /ANDREW J. KRAMER

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