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Rays’ Chris Archer struggles once again in lopsided loss to Detroit

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The mystery of Whatever Happened to Chris Archer continued Sunday afternoon.

Archer, an all-star last year, gave up six runs in three innings and fell to 3-5 on the season. Archer gave up eight hits and six earned runs while collecting only nine outs. His ERA for the season is now 5.15.

“It gets a little surprising at times because we know how good his stuff is,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “He’s in a stretch where things aren’t going his way.”

Archer had won three straight games and seemed to be turning things around. Not Sunday, however.

“I just didn’t execute my pitches,” Archer said. “I felt good. My stuff was good. I’ve just got to do a better job. Today was not a good job, but four of my last six have been good.”

The Rays got back into the game on two-run homers by Logan Morrison and Tim Beckham, but the Tigers pulled away on a two-run homer by Victor Martinez off of Steve Geltz. Geltz was optioned to Durham after the game.

Tampa Bay continued to hit the ball well, getting two hits from Evan Longoria, Tim Beckham, Brandon Guyer and Steve Pearce. But the Rays went 0-for-5.

For Detroit, Migel Cabrera was three for three. The first five hitters in the Tigers’ order accounted for 10 hits.

The Rays now travel to Miami to play the Marlins tonight. Matt Moore will face Wei-Yin Chen.

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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