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.