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.