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Near-perfection isn’t good enough for Rays’ Chris Archer in loss

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Maybe David Archer should sue for non-support.

Archer was dazzling Wednesday afternoon, retiring the first 19 battlers he faced and giving up no earned runs in his seven innings of work. But after getting 23 hits the previous two nights, the bats of the Tampa Bay Rays fell asleep once again, getting only four hits and one run. Not even the mighty Curt Casali, who had six homers in his previous six games, could save them. Casali was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Archer has eight starts this season where he hasn’t given up an earned run. On 13 occasions, he has give up one or fewer runs.

The Rays led 1-0 on a single by Asdrubal Cabrera, but Cabrera booted a double-play ball in the seventh and the Tigers put together two singles to go ahead.

For Archer, who has not won since June 23, it was familiar territory. This season, his team has been shut out four times when he has pitched, been held to one once and two twice. Archer’s record has fallen to 9-8 on the season.

Justin Verlander of the Tigers won his first game of the season.

Today, the Rays travel to Boston, where Erasmo Ramirez will start.

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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