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Rays’ Chris Archer dominates against Seattle

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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.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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