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Even Chris Archer can’t stop the Rays’ downward spiral

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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.

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

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