There wasn’t anything particularly new to the way Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays lost his 18th game of the year Saturday afternoon.
He didn’t give up a lot of hits. Only four.
He didn’t give up a lot of runs. Only three in seven innings.
He did give up home run balls. Two of them.
In the end, Archer still was the losing pitcher in a 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees Saturday. It was Archer’s franchise-tying 18th defeat (tying Tanyon Sturtz).
The game was tied in the sixth inning when Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer and Gary Sanchez hit a solo homer.
For the Rays, Bobby Wilson homered in the eighth. New York padded its lead with two in the bottom of the eighth.
Masahiro Tanaka got the win for the Yankees to improve his record to 13-4.