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Rays’ Chris Archer loses franchise-tying 18th game of the season

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There wasn’t anything particularly new to the way Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays lost his 18th game of the year Saturday afternoon.

He didn’t give up a lot of hits. Only four.

He didn’t give up a lot of runs. Only three in seven innings.

He did give up home run balls. Two of them.

In the end, Archer still was the losing pitcher in a 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees Saturday. It was Archer’s franchise-tying 18th defeat (tying Tanyon Sturtz).

The game was tied in the sixth inning when Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer and Gary Sanchez hit a solo homer.

For the Rays, Bobby Wilson homered in the eighth. New York padded its lead with two in the bottom of the eighth.

Masahiro Tanaka got the win for the Yankees to improve his record to 13-4.

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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