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Rays’ Chris Archer keeps winning, downs Blue Jays

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At this rate, every pitcher in the American League may start dining on salmon and kale.

Certainly, it helped to fuel Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays to his latest superb outing, as Archer shut down the high-powered Toronto Blue Jays for his sixth straight victory Tuesday night. Archer allowed only three hits through eight innings and struck out seven.

The Rays, who had lost two in a row, snapped back to beat the Blue Jays and stay ahead in the AL East race.

Archer, who has a 1.66 era over his last eight games, outbattled R.A. Dickey of the Blue Jays to improve his record to 9-4. He retired the first 13 batters he faced.

The Rays got RBI singles by Brandon Guyer and Joey Butler and a home run by Asdrubal Cabrera. The Blue Jays got home runs by former Ray Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion.

The Rays and Jays conclude their series today at 12:10 p.m. Nathan Karns of the Rays will oppose Marco Estrada.

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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