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Astros hand Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer his eighth loss of the season

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Chris Archer was good. But not good enough.

Steve Pearce had three hits. But the rest of the team had only three.

The Tampa Bay Rays made a run at the end. But they fell short.

And so it went for the Rays Saturday night. They fell, 4-3, to the Houston Astros in a game that wasn’t quite good enough. Tampa Bay fell to four games under .500 with the loss.

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

Archer gave up only three earned runs in 7 2/3 innings, but he still lost his eighth game in 12 decisions. He gave up six hits and struck out eight.

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

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

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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