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.