This time, the Tampa Bay Rays scored three.
It felt as if they were running up the score.
The Rays won their third game of a four-game set against the Seattle Mariners, succeeding at a time when runs were hard to come by. For instance, the Rays managed only seven runs in the series, and yet the pitching and defense made it stand up.
The latest star, again, was pitcher Chris Archer, who is off to a dominant start. Archer, 7-4, allowed only one unearned run to the Mariners, who scored only six times in the four games. Archer lowered his era 1.95 in the game, striking out 11. It was the first time since 1900 that a pitcher has struck out more than 10 batters without walking anyone in three straight games.
The Rays got a first-inning run when Logan Forsythe knocked one in with a single. Rookie Mikie Mahtook homered.
Tampa Bay returns home Tuesday night to face the Angels for a three-game series. Nate Karns pitches in the opener against Matt Shoemaker.