Et tu, Ace?
All of the things that have gone wrong for the Tampa Bay Rays in their recent slide culminated in this. Chris Archer, in his audition to be the all-star starter, bombed. In six innings Wednesday night, he gave up 12 hits and nine – count them, nine – earned runs in a 9-7 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
Archer had given up only four runs total in his previous seven road starts.
The Rays are now 3-14 in their last 17 games, and they have fallen underneath .500 for the first time since they were 24-25 on May 25. The Rays have fallen from first to fourth in the American League East, only a game and a half in front of the surging Boston Red Sox.
Tampa Bay has now surrendered 25 runs in its last three games
The Rays led 3-2 after four innings Thursday night, but the Royals scored five runs in the fifth and two in the sixth. Tampa Bay scored three in the ninth to make the final score closer.
Kansas City’s offense was led by Alcides Escobar, who had four hits, and Lorenzo Cain, who had three. John Jaso, fresh off the disabled list, had three hits and is hitting .750 for the Rays.
One strange footnote? Both Logan Forsythe of the Rays and Jarrod Dyson hit inside-the-park home runs. Alex Rios was injured on Forsythe’s homer, and David DeJesus fell on Dyson’s.
The teams play an afternoon game today. Nathan Karns pitches for the Rays.