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Rays’ Chris Archer falls to 7-17 in latest Tampa Bay defeat

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Chris Archer keeps finding new and interesting ways to lose baseball games.

Archer, the Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, lost for the 17th time this season (7-17) in a 2-1 decision against the Boston Red Sox. He lasted five innings and gave up only one earned run.

For the Rays, this time, the game boiled down to two plays at third base. In the third inning, Steven Souza‘s attempt to throw out David Ortiz skipped by the bag, allowing a run to score. In the eighth, right fielder Mookie Betts cut down Kevin Kiermaier as he tried to stretch a double into a triple.

Archer threw first-pitch strikes to only eight of 21 batters. He needed 109 pitches to get through five innings. Archer is now one loss away from tying Tanyon Sturtze‘s team record of 18 losses.

Archer started the season considered the Rays’ ace after making the All-Star Game last year. He was fifth in the Cy Young voting and second in the league in strikeouts.

This year, he has a shot at leading the league in strikeouts and could reach 200 innings.

The Rays got two hits each from Corey Dickerson and Kiermaier.

Tonight, Tampa Bay sends Matt Andriese to the mound against Rick Porcello.

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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