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Rays Chris Archer feels like self again, but loses to Yankees on homers

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The results were bad once again.

For Chris Archer, however, the performance was good.

Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays lost for the sixth time in nine decisions Friday night, falling 4-1 to the New York Yankees. But he threw eight innings, his longest stint of the year, and allowed only one earned run. He gave up four hits and struck out seven.

It was enough for manager Kevin Cash to suggest that Archer took a step forward in the win. Archer amendd that.

“More than a step,” Archer said. “Leaps and bounds. Not even result-oriented (but) how I felt. I felt like myself.”

Half of the hits Archer surrendered were home runs. Alex Rodriguez, hitting only .188, hit th 693rd home run of his career. Carlos Beltran added another.

The Rays got on the board in the ninth when Steve Pearce homered. Tampa Bay has now lost six out of seven.

The Rays take on the Yankees again today as Matt Moore pitches.

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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