Rangers beat up Rays’ Chris Archer in winning a lopsided victory

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This was the ace?

This was the all-star?

Chris Archer gave up eight runs and 11 hits in 16 outs Saturday night as his Tampa Bay Rays were drubbed 12-4 by the Texas Rangers. Archer, who is considered one of the top right-handers in the American League, is now 1-5 in his last nine starts.

Archer faced six hitters in the sixth and gave up hits to five of them.

The Rays fell back to .500 at 58-58 and now stand fifth in the wild-card standings.

The Rangers broke open a 3-1 game in the sixth with seven runs.

The teams play again today as Drew Smyly returns to the mound for Tampa Bay to face Yovani Gallardo.

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