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Rays’ Chris Archer gives up four home runs in loss to Orioles

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If he’s going to continue to be thought of as the team’s ace,  Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays has some work to do.

Archer lost his second game of the year, giving up four home runs to the Baltimore Orioles in a game the Rays lost 6-1.

Going back to last season, Archer has not won in eight starts. Over that stretch, Archer is 0-5 with an ERA above 6.00 during that stretch. The Rays are 2-6 in those games.

Friday night, Archer lasted only five innings and gave up 10 hits.

The Rays took a 1-0 lead on Evan Longoria’s home run, but it didn’t last.

Drew Smyly starts Saturday night for the Rays.

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

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